GOV. INSLEE ORDERS STATEWIDE SHUTDOWN OF RESTAURANTS, BARS; FURTHER LIMITS GATHERINGS

March 16th, 2020 - Posted in Alerts

Closings Effective Monday Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities statewide — such as gyms and movie theaters — due to the coronavirus. Restaurants will be take-out and delivery only.

The order will last until March 31.

He will also expand the protection to limit the size of large gatherings to just 50 people as the death toll in the state reached 42 Sunday and the number of confirmed cases hit 772.

Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted.

“The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.

“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met.

This all comes as fears continue to rise amid the coronavirus outbreak, and the number of deaths and cases in the state increased.

Public Health – Seattle & King County announced two new deaths and 32 new cases.

The county total is now at 37 deaths with 420 total cases. Including the King County deaths, four deaths in Snohomish County and one in Grant County, the new statewide coronavirus death total is at least 42.

Spokane County also announced its first three positive cases Saturday morning.

The statewide case number as reported by the Department of Health and local health districts hit at least 772.

The breakdown by county is as follows (accurate as of 4 p.m. Sunday):

King County, 420; Snohomish, 176; Pierce, 29; Kittitas, 3; Island, 6; Kitsap, 5; Skagit, 4; Yakima, 4; Thurston, 4; Whatcom, 3; Spokane, 3; Clark, 3, Grant, 2:

Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Lincoln and Columbia counties still only have one confirmed case each.

The Washington State Department of Health also lists 104 unassigned positive cases, which, due to rapidly changing data, have not yet been attributed to specific counties.

KIRO 7 will update as more information becomes available.

This message was posted at 09:15 on Monday and will be updated as needed.

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