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Today Governor Inslee announced changes to the state’s Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery regional, phased reopening plan that was first announced on January 6th.
According to the governor's office, the changes come after further conversations with public health partners and because of the state’s increasing vaccination rates.
Under the new plan, regions will only be required to meet three of the four public health metrics to progress to Phase 2. The original roadmap required regions to meet all four.
This will result in the Puget Sound region (King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties) and the West region (Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis counties) moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 on Monday, February 1st.
Moving to Phase 2 means North Bend restaurants can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity. Theaters and other indoor entertainment venues, as well as fitness facilities, can also open at 25% capacity. See below for full list of allowed activities in Phase 2.
“The fact that these two regions are moving into Phase 2 is encouraging news,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “As we continue our community efforts, we hope more such progress will be made. Ultimately our goal remains ensuring the health and safety of all of Washington.”
The governor also announced that the Department of Health’s timeline for region's evaluation will change. Beginning next week, regions metrics will be evaluated every two weeks instead of every week.
The four Roadmap to Recovery Phase progression metrics remain the same. They are:
“We are getting closer to finding our way out of this mess, but we aren’t there yet,” the Governor said during a press conference Thursday. “We have sacrificed too much to let our frustrations get the best of us now when the finish line is in sight, however distant that may seem in our field of vision.”