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All Washington counties moving to Phase 3 reopening on March 22

Almost all Washiington businesses will be permitted to reopen on March 22.



[OLYMPIA] – (MTN) Governor Jay Inslee announced that all Washington counties will be moving to Phase 3 reopening effective March 22, 2021. Also, it was announced that all people in the Tier 2 group for immunization will be eligible ahead of schedule, on March 17, 2021.

An industry-by-industry list of changes has not been provided by the governor’s office, however, the list represents a major move toward normalcy for residents and businesses alike.

  • Restaurants will be able to seat at up to 50% capacity or 400 people indoors, whichever is lower
  • Indoor venues with permanent seating for 800 people or less, such as movie theaters, will be able to reopen at 50% capacity
  • Indoor venues with permanent eating for 800 or more people, such as indoor arenas, will be able to reopen at 25% capacity
  • Outdoor venues such as stadiums will be able to have in-person spectators again, at 25% of maximum capacity, this includes high school sports, professional sports, rodeos, motorsports, and other spectator events
  • All indoor spaces, including offices, factories, gyms, fitness centers, and others will be able to open up to 50% capacity or a maximum of 400 people, whichever is lower

Masks and social distancing rules will still be required. This is a breaking news story with more information to come.

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