State Announces Rollbacks to Activities

State Announces Rollbacks to Activities, Requires Masks and Facial Coverings
Posted on 07/24/2020

Governor Jay Inslee announced several new restrictions or “rollbacks” to current ordered to help curb the rise in new coronavirus cases. Included in this announcement is a statewide order barring businesses from serving customers who do not wear masks or facial coverings.

The Governor also placed a two-week pause on advancing any county to the next phase of his four-part reentry plan. As of July 23, Snohomish County has 4,260 total confirmed cases, with 560 probable cases. The County remains in Phase 2.  Thursday’s announcement came as Washington State reported the highest daily total of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Facial coverings will now be required in any common spaces where people can’t socially distance, including elevators, hallways and shared living spaces. The new facial covering order takes effect July 25.

Beginning on July 30, 2020, indoor dining will be limited to members of the same household.  Additionally:

  • alcohol sales at restaurants and bars must end at 10:00 PM
  • table sizes must not exceed five (5) people
  • total occupancy is limited to 50% in Phase 3
  • bars must close indoor service
  • gaming and video areas, pool tables and darts boards in bars and restaurants must close until the county they are located enters Phase 4

The Governor also announced a new ban on receptions and funerals.  Both will be allowed but will be restricted in all counties to an indoor capacity of 20% of its capacity or up to 30 people, whichever is less.  These revised guidelines take effect on August 6.

For a comprehensive list of impacted activities, visit https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-rollbacks-to-some-activities-to-slow-covid-19-exposure-19003e510127.

Business owners with questions about how the emergency orders apply to them can contact the governor’s office at: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-worker-inquiries.