Inslee eases COVID restrictions on restaurants, theaters


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gives an update on wildfires and the pandemic, Sept. 17, 2020. (KOIN)

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday didn’t move any counties forward or backward in his four-phase COVID-19 reopening plan, but he did say more activities would be allowed throughout the state.

At a news conference the Democratic governor said restaurants in second- or third-phase counties can now serve alcohol up to 11 p.m. and increase their table size to six in the second phase, and to eight in the third phase.

Also, for second-phase counties,  movie theaters will be able to operate at 25% capacity, and in the third phase, at 50% capacity.

The governor’s phased reopening plan allows counties to request permission from state health officials to advance to more reopened stages according to public-health metrics around the virus.

During a press conference two weeks ago, Inslee announced he was implementing new protocols for the aviation industry as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“These are baseline requirements that we are rolling out,” Inslee said.

  • Face coverings will be required in all parts of the airport where the public can be.
  • Spacing for physical distancing,
  • Protective barriers between workers and travelers
  • Sanitizing protocols.
  • Encouraging airlines to send passengers health screening questionnaires.

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