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Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 announced changes to his Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery plan and as a result, Snohomish County has been cleared to move Monday into the less-restrictive Phase 2.

During a televised press conference, Inslee announced that regions now need to meet any three of the four metrics he outlined earlier in order to move from Phase 1 into Phase 2. The four metrics have not changed and include:

  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population
  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population
  • Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds
  • 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests

Restaurants in Snohomish County can resume indoor dining on Monday under revised rules for reopening certain businesses announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday.

Bowling alleys, movie theaters and card rooms will also be allowed to welcome customers back inside.

Inslee laid out a series of changes to “Healthy Washington,” his recovery plan unveiled Jan. 5 which aims to gradually restart parts of the economy and public life in stages, regionally, where the rate of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are trending downward.

Under the new rules, the Puget Sound region, which includes Snohomish County, King and Pierce counties, can advance on Monday to Phase 2 of Healthy Washington.

In Phase 2, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Also, indoor movie theaters, bowling alleys, card rooms, aquariums and museums can reopen with up to 25% occupancy. Under the current Phase 1, restaurants are limited to takeout service and outdoor dining.

To advance to a higher phase, Healthy Washington previously required a region to collectively show, over two weeks, 10% decreases in both case rates and hospitalizations, as well as ICU occupancy of less than 90% and a test positivity rate under 10%.

Inslee also announced that moving forward, the state Department of Health will calculate regions’ metrics every two weeks instead of weekly to determine phase status.

The decision to announce the change for Snohomish County was made to coincide with the governor’s other announcements. Otherwise, phase announcements will occur every other Friday. The next announcement is set for Feb. 12.

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