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Restrictions extended to Jan. 4

Series: Coronavirus | Story 321

Last updated 12/8/2020 at 7:28pm

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday, Dec. 8, announced additional economic supports for workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee also announced a three-week extension of the state’s current restrictions which will now be in place until Jan. 4.

The three-week extension of statewide restrictions come as the state’s health-care system nears dangerous occupancy levels, Inslee said.

With the effects of Thanksgiving on infection and hospital numbers still unknown, the extension will grant the state’s medical system much needed time to increase ICU capacity before it’s overwhelmed.

“What we do between now  – when COVID activity is still at crisis levels  –  and the time when vaccines are widely available, is literally a matter of life and death,” Inslee said at a news conference.

Inslee was joined by Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown, who announced an additional $50 million, doubling the number of Washington small businesses that will receive aid. Industries recently shut down, such as restaurants and fitness centers, as well as businesses that have been devastatingly impacted throughout the pandemic, like music and event venues, have been prioritized.


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