As more local residents self-quarantine or stay home to work or be with their children as schools are closed, the options for entertainment and social activities continue to be impacted.
In his press conference Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a statewide closure of entertainment, leisure and non-essential services and restrictions on gatherings.
In his emergency proclamation, a number of businesses were banned from operation for two weeks.
The ban includes, but is not limited to:
Some retail stores can remain open during the emergency, although they are required to meet new criteria.
Businesses are expected to ensure adequate environmental cleaning of stores and must designate an employee or officer to implement a social distancing plan for their business.
Despite the location, a statewide ban also restricts gatherings of 50 or larger. On Monday, President Trump indicated federal recommendations to move that limit down to 10.
On Friday of last week, Inslee expanded a ban on events larger than 250 beyond the Puget Sound region to the entire state, tightening those restrictions yesterday.
Additionally, all gatherings with under 50 participants are prohibited unless criteria from the CDC for public health and social distancing are met.