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On Wednesday, December 30th, Governor Inslee announced a one-week extension of the state’s current Covid-19 restrictions. The restrictions limit restaurants to outdoor dining and takeout and close indoor operations of gyms, museums and movie theaters. In-person retail stores – including grocery stores - are limited to 25% capacity.
The statewide restrictions will now remain in place through January 11, 2021. [See full restriction list HERE]
Governor Inslee’s office said an updated plan that outlines how businesses can reopen safely should be released next week.
Covid-19 cases across the state have decreased from record high levels that prompted the restrictions in mid-November but are still higher than any point other than November.
North Bend continues to see coronavirus activity with 25 cases reported in the past 14 days and a 11.4% test positivity rate. In late November the City had surging cases due in part to an outbreak at Regency North Bend skilled nursing facility that resulted in at least 8 deaths.
The City of North Bend continues to encourage residents to support local businesses by safely shopping and eating local. Most businesses offer curbside pickup, online ordering, delivery and additional outdoor dining capacity.
Mayor Rob McFarland commented, “Due to another restriction extension, it’s very important for our community to continue supporting local businesses. Shopping and eating local are critical to ensuring our businesses survive.”
The City also thanks residents for their efforts to Mask Up, Spread Out and Keep their Circles Small to slow the spread of coronavirus in our community and #KeepNorthBendHealthy.