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Gov extends ‘no mask, no service’ statewide, rolls back Phase 3 bar seating, pauses phase advances

As the number of cases of coronavirus rises across the state and the nation, Governor Jay Inslee has announced several temporary revisions to the state’s Safe Start plan to curb the spread of the disease while keeping businesses open. While the new restrictions carry temporary limits and modifications, they allow bars and restaurants in Washington to remain open. Other states, such as California, have closed bars and restaurants in counties, due to the spike. Among the updates: The Governor will issue a revised proclamation next Tuesday and updates to the state’s Safe Start plan. Among the temporary changes announced today: No Mask, No Service The Governor’s proclamation requires all businesses statewide to refuse service to customers refusing to wear a cloth face mask. Exceptions to this order are:

  • Children under the age of five

  • Adults with medical or mental health conditions, or a disability that prevents wearing a face mask. This includes but is not limited to persons for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

  • This order will take effect Tuesday, July 7th.

Phase 3 Bar Seating Rolled-Back. Phase 3 bar seating in restaurants and taverns will be temporarily eliminated. While no bar seating will be allowed for counties in Phase 3, dine-in requirements at 75% capacity and party sizes of ten people or less remain in place. Pause on Phase Advancement. The proclamation has temporarily ‘paused’ counties moving into less restrictive phases for the next two weeks. This impacts:

  • Counties moving to Phase 2 and beyond (Clark, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Kitsap, Klickitat, San Juan and Walla Walla). To see a list of counties and their phase status, click here.

  • Before this pause takes effect, Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties will move into a modified Phase 1.5, allowing for 25% indoor dining and 50% outdoor dining capacity.

The Governor has issued a revised proclamation extending the state’s Safe Start plan to July 9th , when the Governor may announce further modifications based on data.

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