Governor Closes All Restaurants, Bars and Entertainment & Rec Facilities



Governor Jay Inslee said he will be signing a statewide emergency proclamation Monday to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities due to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

Take-out and delivery services will be allowed but no in-person dining will be permitted.

Inslee said, the action is based on “the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally.

The ban will not apply to pharmacies and grocery stores.

“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met,” the governor said Sunday night.

“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the virus,” Inslee said. “I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges.”

The Department of Health, King County announced that the actions will be taken immediately, Inslee said, noting that King County “has been the hotbed of this outbreak and has the largest population center in the state.”

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