Inslee shuts down indoor service at bars, restricts indoor dining in Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is tightening restrictions throughout the state in restaurants and bars, for weddings and funerals, and at gyms in a further effort to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The governor says the rate of disease transmission has been increasing around the state with a spike in transmission among people in their 20s spreading into all age groups.

The changes, effective July 30th, mostly affect indoor activities where the risk of virus exposure could be highest, officials said. For restaurants, indoor dining will be limited to members of the same household and alcohol service must end at 10 p.m. Bars, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries must close all indoor service, regardless of whether food is served.

Wedding ceremonies, both religious and secular, still will be allowed, while receptions will be prohibited. For all phases, the maximum indoor occupancy for weddings and funerals will be 20%, or up to 30 people, whichever is less, as long as 6 feet of distance can be maintained between households. Those changes also take effect July 30th, but weddings and funerals within the next two weeks can take place under previous guidelines.

When it comes to fitness, gyms in phase three counties like Asotin, Whitman and Garfield counties, must reduce occupancy to 25% and limit group fitness classes to 10 participants. (AP)

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