OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said none of the state’s regions will revert back to more restrictive COVID-19 requirements under the state’s economic reopening plan under a pause in potential rollbacks the Democratic governor announced Thursday amid dropping case counts.
“We’ve made incredible progress in knocking down the infection rate in covid over the last several weeks,” Inslee said at a news conference announcing the pause.
A spokesman said that none of the eight regions were at risk of moving backward this week if the pause wasn’t implemented.
While all 39 counties are currently in the second phase of the plan — which includes limited indoor dining at restaurants — the governor has yet to provide information about what subsequent phases might look like.
Inslee said that in order to craft what future phases will look like, he would spend the next several weeks talking with businesses, health officials and others, as well as looking at the status of the virus, including variants that have been detected in the state and progress in the state’s vaccination efforts.