Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman announced on Thursday that beginning Monday, July 20, social gatherings in Phase 3 counties will be reduced to no more than 10 people outside a person’s household per week.
Counties in modified Phase 1 and Phase 2 remain restricted at 5 people per week.
Some gatherings that may be limited by this change include:
These new rules do not apply to weddings or funeral services although he also said that live entertainment – both indoors and outdoors – will no longer be allowed.
The announcement comes after the state saw the highest single day increase in cases since the pandemic began back in January. The state Department of Health reported 1,292 new cases Thursday out of the 19,381 cumulative cases statewide.
In Grays Harbor, there are 58 confirmed cases, with 18 cases and 1 death in July. Pacific County has 18 confirmed cases and one death, with no cases since the beginning of July.
The seven day rolling average of new cases per day in the state, from June 26 to July 2, was 629 cases per day. This is also the highest since the pandemic began.
He warned that “we cannot rule out the potential for another ‘Stay Home’ order” if transmission rates don’t decrease soon.
Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page.