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Businesses in Washington State Preparing to Reopen

By May 20, 2020 No Comments

After most businesses shut their doors or dramatically changed their services in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states across the country are starting to put plans in place to slowly reopen their economies. While some states have already allowed businesses in certain counties and cities to open their doors to customers, Washington state is still taking a fairly cautious approach. Here’s the most recent information about Governor Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan for reopening businesses throughout the state, and what to expect as a business owner, employee, or consumer.

A Measured Approach to Reopening

The current stay-at-home order remains in effect until May 31st, 2020. After that, Washington state will implement a four-phase plan that allows various businesses to resume operations. In order to contain the spread of the virus as much as possible, several metrics will be used to determine when certain businesses may reopen. Important factors, such as the wide availability of testing, access to personal protective equipment, and the number of open hospital beds, will be examined before businesses are given the green light to open their doors. 

Slow Signs of Progress

As of mid-May, the governor has allowed for more outdoor recreational activities, and many construction projects have resumed. In some hospitals and medical centers around the state, elective surgeries are slated to start back up again. For now, phase one of the reopening plan allows businesses such as car washes and golf courses to serve the public. Phases 2 and 3 could allow hair and nail salons, movie theaters, gyms, museums, pet care services, restaurants, retail stores, and certain sporting events to reopen, providing that they follow proscribed social distancing guidelines. The last phase addresses concert venues, churches, and other facilities where social distancing efforts may be more difficult to accommodate.

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