Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced Thursday a new limit on social gatherings and a ban on live entertainment across the state.
Due to Washington’s increase of COVID-19 cases, the number of individuals allowed to gather during Phase 3 will be reduced from 50 people to 10 people. Counties in Phase 2 may continue to have social gatherings of up to five people.
“The steps are necessary to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The unfortunate truth is that we can’t let our guard down, even as we engage in more activities,” Inslee said during a press conference on Thursday. “As we inch closer to the fall, we are already on an unsustainable path in the spread of this virus. We have to change to save lives and to avoid turning the dial back further on the activities we enjoy.”
The orders go into effect Monday, July 20.