Inslee extends eviction moratorium through June 30


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Jay Inslee said he is extending the eviction moratorium in Washington state through June 30.

Inslee held a press conference on Thursday to provide updates to the the state’s ongoing fight against the pandemic.

Washington’s next tier of vaccine eligibility starts March 31. That includes people 60-65, 16+ with two or more comorbidities, people living in congregate settings (prison, group homes) and workers, homeless, restaurant, food service workers and construction workers.

Last Friday, Inslee said he will soon sign an emergency proclamation that requires all public schools to offer students an in-person learning option starting next month.

The order allows for a staggered start, with all kindergarten to sixth grade students being provided with an opportunity for a hybrid of remote and in-person learning by April 5, followed by all other K-12 students by April 19. School districts will have to meet an average of at least 30% weekly in-class instruction by April 19 and students must be offered no fewer than two days of on-campus, in-person instruction per week.

In a press conference last Thursday, 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.

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