New Washington Covid-19 Restrictions

On November 16, 2020, Washington adopted new restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19. The restrictions apply until December 14, 2020, unless extended. Of particular note for Employers are the following:

All business meetings are prohibited, with the exception of: (i) professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely; and (ii) court and judicial branch-related proceedings. For these limited exceptions, occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Professional services are required to mandate that employees work from home when possible and close offices to the public if possible. Any office that must remain open must limit occupancy to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits. Real estate open houses are prohibited.

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 (5) people.

In-Store Retail shall be limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, and common/congregate seating areas and indoor dining facilities such as food courts are closed.

The restrictions also include the following with respect to social gatherings:

Indoor Social Gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited unless they (a) quarantine for fourteen days (14) prior to the social gathering; or (b) quarantine for seven (7) days prior to the social gathering and receive a negative COVID- 19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. A household is defined as individuals residing in the same domicile.

Outdoor Social Gatherings shall be limited to five (5) people from outside your household.

The full text the new restrictions is here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/COVID%2019%20November%20Statewide%20Restrictions.pdf

The full proclamation is here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/proc_20-25.8.pdf

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