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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Updates Guidance for Re-Opening State

Washington Governor Jay Inslee continued to update Safe Start guidelines this week, addressing such areas as dine-in restaurants, taverns, in-store retail and additional manufacturing operations. New guidance that was issued as the week rolled along also included resuming personal services and professional services. A statewide contact tracing plan was launched this week, as well by Inslee.

Restaurants or taverns can partially resume service in counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan. “No restaurant or tavern may operate indoor or sit-down services until they can meet and maintain all requirements, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply,” the guidance states.

Last week, the state began allowing many non-essential retail operations to resume during the Covid-19 pandemic, provided customers order online or by phone and pick up purchases from their cars in front of stores. The Governor also approved drive-in religious services and the resumption of car and vessel sales, as well as car washes last week.

These curbside retail transactions were the first time many retailers that were not deemed essential have been allowed to conduct business since the shutdown of the economy in March due to COVID-19. The moves are part of the governor’s four-phase plan to reopen the economy during a pandemic.

The contact tracing effort will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public, while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Contact tracing is another tool in our toolbox for tackling COVID-19 in Washington,” Inslee said. “While we need to continue physical distancing, this will allow us to get a better handle on who gets sick and how the virus is spread, which is vital to re-opening our economy.”

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.