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Wednesday, December 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Administration

Today Governor Jay Inslee announced that his current order restricting social gatherings and business activities will be extended until January 4, 2021.  The current restrictions were set to last until December 14, 2020. 

Governor Jay Inslee:

“We are seeing some signs the current restrictions are working. But our hospitals are still on the brink. Therefore, I am extending existing restrictions for three weeks – ending January 4th.”


The restrictions include the following:

  • Indoor social gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited.
  • Outdoor social gatherings should be limited to five people from outside your household.
  • Restaurants and bars are closed for indoor service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted. The table size limit for outdoor dining is five people.
  • Fitness facilities and gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes may still occur, but they are limited by the outdoor gathering restriction listed above. Drop-off childcare is closed.
  • Bowling centers are closed for indoor service.
  • Miscellaneous venues: All retail activities and business meetings are prohibited. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely is allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Movie theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are still permitted and must follow the current drive-in movie theater guidance.
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums are closed for indoor service.
  • Real estate open houses are prohibited.
  • Wedding and funeral receptions are prohibited. Ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people.
  • In-store retail is limited to 25% indoor occupancy and must close any common seating areas. Indoor seating at food courts is prohibited.
  • Religious services are limited to 25% indoor occupancy/no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. No choir, band or ensemble shall perform during the service. Soloists are permitted to perform. Congregation members must wear face coverings the entire time and no congregational singing.
  • Professional services are required to mandate that employees work from home when possible and to close offices to the public. If they remain open, occupancy is restricted to 25%.
  • Personal services are limited to 25% of maximum occupancy.
  • Long-term care facilities will have outdoor visits only. Exceptions can be made for essential people and end-of-life care.
  • Youth (school and non-school) and adult sporting activities are limited to outdoor-only intrateam practices and athletes must wear masks.


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