July 27, 2020
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Gov. Inslee tightens rules on bars, restaurants and gatherings



Bars, restaurants, fitness clubs, entertainment centers and some other public-facing businesses will face further restrictions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

On Thursday Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington's Safe Start Phased Reopening plan, with more stringent limits on public gatherings and public-facing businesses. The Seattle Times covered the story.

This extension changes guidance and regulations for activities shown to provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, including restaurants, bars and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms.

“We do not take these steps lightly,” Inslee said. “We know every prohibition is a challenge for individuals and business owners. But we know that if we fail to act, we expose people and businesses to even greater risk down the line.”

Read updated guidance for restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries here.

Updated guidance for card rooms is here.

Read the governor's Medium page for more details on other businesses and activities.

Inslee also announced the extension of the eviction moratorium as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide.

Read the full proclamation here.

Secretary of Health John Wiesman also announced an expansion of his face coverings order that will now 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 settings such as nursing homes.

“We’re losing the momentum we had during the early months of this response,” Wiesman said. “Looking ahead to the fall and hopes of schools reopening, we must dig back in to regain control. Fewer, shorter, and safer interactions are crucial. Staying home is still safest but if you go out, keep it quick, keep your distance from others, and wear your face covering.”



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By Mac Alexander Macdonald

What do communities do when their chief sources of income evaporate?

"Re-galvanize and reinvent," says Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. But what can we do as citizens to contribute to making this a place where industry wants to locate? What will people in the future want to purchase or acquire, and then how do we attract those companies, while nurturing the businesses we currently have? Complacency is not an option, and neither is hope alone.

For a company to partner with an area, it needs a ready and ample workforce. Are people being trained for the skills needed? Will enough housing be available? Will company executives and workers feel comfortable having their medical needs met? Will all employees feel comfortable having their kids educated in the local schools?

Robert Duvall's second famous line in the movie "Apocalypse Now" was, "Someday this war is going to end." Someday this pandemic will be over, so we need to prepare now. Communities like mine need to lay aside rivalries and attract passengers to their future train. It has been well quoted: When the time for action arrives, the time for preparation has passed.

Read the full guest column in The Seattle Times