Inslee loosens COVID-19 restrictions for most state counties

Kitsap County is one of 33 Washington state counties to be part of Phase 2 restrictions

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a Thursday afternoon news conference that all but six Washington state counties will move to Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions.

Kitsap County, part of the Northwest county region, is included among the counties moving to Phase 2 restrictions. The new phase will allow restaurants to begin indoor service at a 25 percent capacity, with a maximum of six diners per table. Indoor gatherings of up to a maximum of five people limiting two households also will be permitted.

Businesses that serve only alcohol and no food are to remain closed, however.

Fitness centers will be allowed indoor users at a 25-percent capacity, up from a Phase 1 restriction of five people. Indoor entertainment venues can accept a maximum of a 25-percent capacity, or up to 200 people.

Inslee’s announcement stated that counties in the South Central region — Benton, Franklin, Columbia, Kittitas, Walla Walla and Yakima counties — continue to remain at Phase 1 status.

The governor also said an additional $43.5 million for rental assistance and $43.5 million for businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will be disbursed from the state’s disaster response account.

Additional details to follow.