Inslee to ban indoor gatherings and eating, plus concern extra COVID-19 restrictions for Washington state, business sources say


Gov. Jay Inslee will announce sweeping new restrictions Sunday to curb surging COVID-19 circumstances, together with a ban on indoor social gatherings and indoor service at eating places and bars, and sharp occupancy limits for retailers, in line with business officers briefed by the governor’s employees.

“The governor’s workplace is some doable restrictions so we are able to get the COVID circumstances down once more,” Tammie Hetrick, President & CEO of Washington Meals Business Affiliation advised The Seattle Occasions on Saturday afternoon. Hetrick mentioned that earlier Saturday, the governor’s employees had supplied the affiliation with preliminary outlines of the restrictions, which had been to be introduced Sunday morning.

Inslee is ready to announce his plans in a Sunday morning information convention, wrote spokesperson Mike Faulk in an e-mail, “and he’ll element what he has deliberate at the moment.”

In an e-mail, Inslee spokesperson Tara Lee didn’t dispute the small print circulated by business associations in regards to the four-week order efficient Monday with restrictions on grocers, retailers and eating places, in addition to indoor social gatherings.

However that info doesn’t give a full image of the governor’s anticipated announcement, in line with Lee.

In an e-mail despatched to WFIA member and obtained by The Seattle Occasions, Hetrick mentioned the governor’s employees had indicated the governor was contemplating 4 major steps.

These included a prohibition on all indoor social gatherings and a ban on all indoor service at bars and eating places. Out of doors service can be restricted to 5 folks, however takeout service might be allowed to proceed. Underneath present restrictions, bars and eating places can function at 50% of capability.

The brand new restrictions would additionally restrict retailers, together with grocery and comfort shops, to 25% of occupancy, would ban any indoor seating and require that delis and salad bar merchandise be bought to go, Hetrick’s e-mail indicated.

Hetrick’s e-mail additionally mentioned that Inslee “can even be updating steerage on masks restrictions, which is able to clearly point out that shops and different customer-facing companies could have a selection to limit all non-mask wearers within the retailer and supply different choices for offering meals and different important merchandise.”