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Gov. Inslee announces June 30 reopening, ability for earlier when vaccinations hit 70% statewide

On May 13, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan to move forward in his Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery plan. First, on May 18, all counties will move to Phase 3.

Additionally, the state can fully reopen on June 30 or sooner if 70% of everyone 16 and older has received at least one shot of the vaccine.

To fully open sooner than June 30, Washington residents would have to reach:

· 40,000 vaccines per day on average to open May 31

· 23,000 vaccines per day on average to open June 15

Right now, Washington state’s seven-day average for daily vaccinations is 46,664. At our highest point, it was 88,000 vaccines per day.

You can read the governor’s full statement here.

With the CDC announcement about fully vaccinated people no longer needing to wear masks indoor or outdoor, there are lots of questions. Based on conversations this evening with the governor’s office these are the Washington Hospitality Association’s recommendations until L&I has time to issue specifics.

· Vaccinated employees are allowed to remove their masks, unvaccinated employees will still need to wear their masks.

· Until clarification is issued, guest mask requirements are a business decision.

We will have more details on this and other aspects of the governor’s reopening plan in the days ahead.

Everyone should continue to encourage their friends, family, and community to get vaccinated and we can open even faster! And thank you for your support of our "It’s Time to Open" petition. We received almost 20,000 signatures!

Seattle Restaurant Alliance Statement

“The Seattle Restaurant Alliance is grateful to have a clearly defined path to fully reopening,” said Seattle Restaurant Alliance President Steve Hooper. “We have worked together over these past 14 months, and I’m proud of how the industry has met the incredible challenges with genuine hospitality and warmth. We are thankful to our city for supporting our diverse restaurants and look forward to working together to fully reopen and recover.”

Washington Hospitality Association Statement

“Today, we are excited to see a clear path forward,” said Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton. “We are so thankful to the nearly 20,000 Washingtonians who have joined us over the last week in our petition to the governor for a reopening plan.

“This is a moment we’ve all been working toward for 14 months, as we’ve stayed home, worn masks, and physically distanced from our friends and loved ones. Now, we can all rally around a common goal: If we work together, we could reopen within a few weeks.

“We stand ready as a united industry to help our state achieve this critical goal and then keep working together to recover.”

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