Inslee imposes new COVID-19 restrictions for four weeks

Gatherings prohibited between people from different households; outdoor gatherings limited to five people



Because of the rising positive COVID-19 cases in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee imposes stricter safety regulations.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washington.

The restrictions are in response to consistently increasing COVID-19 case counts, according to a press release from the Governor’s Office. Restrictions will take effect Monday and will last four weeks. 

Gatherings with people from other households are prohibited unless participants quarantine for 14 days prior or quarantine for seven days and have negative COVID-19 tests, according to the press release.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people, according to the press release.

Restaurants and bars will be closed for in-person seating beginning Wednesday. To-go and restricted outdoor seatings will still be available, according to the press release. 

In-store retail and grocery stores will be limited to 25 percent capacity, according to the press release.

Gyms, indoor fitness services and entertainment will be closed, according to the press release.

Religious services can occur with 25 percent capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. Bands and congregational singing are prohibited, according to the release. Weddings and funerals can occur with limited attendance but indoor receptions are prohibited. 

Education, child care and court proceedings are exempt from the new restrictions, according to the press release. 

Washington will provide $50 million in aid to support businesses and employees, according to the press release.