As our state continues to navigate the global pandemic, new restrictions have come down just a week away from the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here's a quick rundown of the changes being implemented by Governor Inslee in the face of our worst COVID-19 numbers yet. They are in place from 11/17 (11/18 for restaurants and bars) until December 14, 2020.
Indoor Social Gatherings - if people are from outside your household, they shouldn't come in unless they quarantine for 14 days, or 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test.
Outdoor Social Gatherings - limited to five people from outside your household.
Restaurants and Bars - no more dine-in service. Outdoor is fine for groups five or fewer.
Gyms and Fitness - closed for indoor operations. Outdoor classes are cool but limited to five.
Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums - closed for indoor service.
Real Estate - no open houses.
Weddings and Funerals - limited to 30 people, no receptions/wakes/etc.
In-Store Retail - limited to 25% occupancy - food courts and common seating areas closed.
Religious Services - limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy - no more than 200 people. Masks required, no singing.
Professional Services - have your employees work from home. If impossible, limit offices to 25% occupancy.
Personal Services (salons, tattoo, barbers, tanning, esthetics) - limited to 25% capacity.
Long-term Care - outdoor visits are permitted - no indoor visits (with exceptions).
Youth and Adult Sporting Activities - Indoor is cancelled. Outdoor activities shall be limited to just people on your own team with masks for everyone.
Everyone is feeling the impact of these changes, and we'll get through this together. If you have the means, please consider supporting local businesses who will feel this the most. Now is a GREAT time to buy a gift certificate for holiday gifting. Think about your favorite local restaurants, spas, retail shops... wouldn't that make an incredible holiday gift? I think so!
Deep breaths, Rockaholics. This year has been so challenging for our communities and our families, but we're a resilient bunch and we'll come out of this on the other side stronger than ever!
Happy Adventuring (from a safe social distance),
We're spending more time at home, so spend more time listening to The Rock of Seattle on your smart speaker! Tell yours to "play KISW".