Governor Inslee announces loosening of select coronavirus restrictions

Oct 6 2020, 4:31 pm

Governor Inslee has announced the loosening of a number of coronavirus restrictions.

Bars and restaurants can now serve drinks until 11 pm instead of having to close at 10 pm. In addition, counties under Phase 2 and 3 can now allow guests to dine with people outside of their households — within the same social bubble.

Inslee also announced relaxed restrictions for youth sports, including school and non-school sports and indoor and outdoor sports.

For those who’ve missed going to the movies, theaters may reopen in about 85% of the state. Libraries will also begin reopening at 25% capacity.

Inslee said Washington has seen “good compliance” with the state order to wear masks and believes that continuing to mask up “will help us knock down the infection even more.”

According to the Washington State Department of Health Website, there have been 387 new known cases of coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours,  bringing the state’s confirmed total to 90,663, with 253 current hospitalizations, 31 of which are intubated.

If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus or are displaying symptoms, the Washington State Department of Health is urging that you get tested.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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