Washington Gov. Inslee Issues Statewide Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Rise
Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The new restrictions come as the state experiences consistent increasing daily case counts, with more than 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and average cases in the state doubling over the past two weeks.
Inslee said, “This spike puts us in a more dangerous a position, as we were in March. And it means, unfortunately, the time has come to reinstate restrictions on activities statewide to preserve the public’s well-being, and to save lives. These were very difficult decisions that have very real consequences to people’s livelihoods. I recognize that and don’t take those impacts lightly, but we must act now and act quickly to slow the spread of this disease.”
The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until Monday, December 14. The modified restrictions of restaurants, however, will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 a.m.
To help mitigate financial impacts on businesses and their employees, the state will commit $50 million in aid.
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