Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced today, March 11th, what Phase 3 looks like and that the entire state is approved to be moved to Phase 3 on Monday, March 22nd. The entire state was set at Phase 2 restrictions back in February after the launch of Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery plan in January.
Under the recent announcement, restrictions for counties in Phase 3 include the following.
- indoor and outdoor spaces are limited to 50% capacity up to a maximum of 400 people
- outdoor venues with permanent seating are limited to 25% of capacity up to a maximum of 9,000 people
This new guidance applies to all industries and indoor activities currently allowed including restaurants, gyms, fitness centers and movie theaters.
In addition to the announcement of what Phase 3 entails, Inslee also said the assignment of local restrictions will revert to county boundaries as opposed to emergency response regions used after the Roadmap to Recovery plan launch.
Counties will be evaluated every 3 weeks based on their new case-positive and hospitalization counts beginning April 12th. Evaluations could result in counties being reassigned to Phase 2 or Phase 1 restrictions. There is no information forthcoming from the Governor’s office as to what Phase 4 might look like.