Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to the ongoing “Safe Start,” plan of phased reopening in Washington that targets activities that they say have shown a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.
In the update, the officials said that these new actions are aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, especially looking ahead to the fall and the re-opening of schools.
They say that social gatherings continue to be a concern for local health officials, so Inslee and Wiesman proposed updates that reduce the risks of people gathering with others outside their household.
To combat rising numbers of cases statewide, the new guidance and regulations focus on social gatherings around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals.
The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms.
Among the updates announced:
In addition to those changes, Wiesman announced an expansion of his face coverings order that will go into effect Saturday, July 25.
The expansion will require face coverings in all common spaces, such as elevators, hallways and shared spaces in apartment buildings, university housing and hotels, as well as congregate setting such as nursing homes.
Inslee also announced an extension of the state’s eviction moratorium to Oct. 15. Details on the extension will be released in the coming days.
Learn more on the governor’s Medium page.