COVID restrictions

UPDATE: Saturday, November 14, 8:00 pm 

According to a letter sent out to members of the Washington Food Industry Association, Governor Jay Inslee's announcement Sunday morning will add new restrictions to social gathering and occupancy. 

According to the letter, sent out by President and CEO of the WFIA, Tammie Hetrick, Governor Inslee's restrictions will include: 

1.) All indoor social gathering prohibited (the WFIA letter states: "It is unknown how this will be enforced"). 

2.) Restaurants and bars will be closed for indoor service, while outdoor service is limited to 5 people. To-go orders won't be affected. 

3.) 25% maximum occupancy for all retail. According to the WFIA letter, this includes grocery and convenience stores. 

4.) Delis and salad bars will be to-go orders. 

5.) "The Governor will also be updating guidance on mask restrictions, which will clearly indicate that stores and other customer-facing businesses will have a choice to restrict all non-mask wearers in the store and provide other options for providing food and other essential products."

The WFIA stated in the email that they asked to increase capacity levels heading into the holiday season, but were told the Governor is "following other states that have developed similar guidance."

The restrictions in the email seem to be similar to restrictions laid out by The Seattle Times earlier Saturday evening. 

Gov. Inslee will address the state Sunday morning at 11:00 am.  You will be able to watch the press conference live on at 11:00 a.m. as well as on our Facebook page, KHQ Local News.

Previous Coverage:

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to hold a press conference Sunday morning to discuss the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state and what actions will be taken to combat those trends.

In an address to the state Thursday, Inslee said that "new measures" would be announced in the coming days that aimed to reduce the transmission of the virus. 

Though it's not clear exactly what sort of action Governor Inslee will be announcing, The Seattle Times is reporting he will announce a four week ban on indoor dining at restaurants and bars along with stricter occupancy for retailers. The publication cites industry officials who were briefed by the Governor's office and a returned email from the Governor's office to the newspaper did not dispute the claims. 

You will be able to watch the press conference live on at 11:00 a.m. as well as on our Facebook page, KHQ Local News