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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Serves Up New Covid-19 Restrictions

As cases continue to spike, the first state to be hard-hit during the pandemic tightens restrictions on social gatherings, including dine-in options for restaurants. Here’s what to expect.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions Nov. 15 to address the spiking number of … [+] Covid-19 cases across the state. The restrictions include dine-in options for restaurants reeling from the pandemic. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

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The announcement was delivered Nov. 15 during a news conference, broadcast live.

“This spike puts us in a more dangerous a position as we were in March,” Inslee said during a news conference Sunday. “And it means, unfortunately, the time has come to reinstate restrictions on activities statewide to preserve the public’s well-being, and to save lives. These were very difficult decisions that have very real consequences to people’s livelihoods. I recognize that and don’t take those impacts lightly, but we must act now and act quickly to slow the spread of this disease.”

The official document laid out the new four-week ban on gatherings, including dine-in options for restaurants:

“Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining must comply with the requirements of the Outdoor Dining Guidance. Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of five people.”

These modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

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