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November 16, 2020 – Washington COVID Regulations

The restrictions take effect on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm. The restrictions are in place for four weeks (December 14).

According to the Governor’s Office, under the new restrictions:

  • Restaurants and bars won’t be able to offer indoor service. Outdoor dining with up to five people per table and to-go orders will be allowed. For restaurants and bars, these restrictions start at Wednesday 12:01 a.m.
  • Retail including grocery stores will be limited to 25% capacity inside stores. Retail also must close any common seating areas, such as food courts in malls.
  • Religious services will be limited to whichever is smaller: 25% occupancy indoors or fewer than 200 people. Choirs, bands, and ensembles won’t perform during services, but soloists will be able to. Facial coverings will be required for congregation members, who won’t be allowed to sing.
  • Gyms and fitness facilities will be closed to indoor activity. Outdoor fitness classes can happen, but they’re limited by the outdoor gathering restriction.
  • Movie theaters will close to indoor activity, while drive-ins will still be allowed under current guidance.
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, bowling centers will close for indoor service.
  • Real estate open houses will not be allowed.
  • Wedding and funeral receptions will not be allowed, and ceremonies will be limited to 30 guests or fewer.
  • At “miscellaneous venues” (as defined previously) such as conference centers, hotel meeting spaces, and sports arenas, retail activities and business meetings will not be allowed, and only professional training and testing that can’t be done remotely is allowed. Meeting room occupancy is restricted to whichever is fewer: 25% or 100 people.
  • Professional services (as defined previously), such as attorneys, engineers, insurance agents, and other office-based work that serves clients, have to close offices to the public and require employees to work from home when possible. If they’re open, occupancy is limited to 25%.
  • Personal services (as defined previously), such as hairstylists, manicurists, and estheticians, are limited to a maximum occupancy of 25%.
  • Sporting activities for youth and adults are limited to the outdoors for team practices with masks required.
  • Visits at long-term care facilities can only happen outside, with exceptions possible for “essential support person and end-of-life care.”
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