All of Washington state moves to Phase 3 of reopening


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a virtual press conference, Feb. 4, 2021. (TVW)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that every county in the state will move to Phase 3 of his reopening plan.

The change goes into effect March 22.

“Phase 3 means all indoor activities that are allowed now, can scale up. This means our restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, and some of the hardest hit businesses in Washington will be able to return to 50% capacity,” he said.

Inslee also announced that starting March 17, everyone in Tier 2 will be eligible for the vaccine. Tier 2 vaccine eligibility includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, fire fighters, law enforcement, as well as workers in corrections, prisons, jails or detention centers.

As of last week, 1.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been administered in Washington.

“We are averaging, over a 7-day average, now 43,764 doses every day,” Inslee said. “The pace of our vaccination program and availability are both on an upswing.”

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