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December 31, 2020

Statewide Restrictions Extended for One Week

Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday a one-week extension of the "Stay Safe–Stay Healthy" proclamation, along with the statewide restrictions imposed. The extension of the statewide restrictions will now expire on January 11, 2021. These restrictions were not changed from the original announcement and include:

  • No indoor social gatherings are allowed. Outdoor social gatherings can have five or fewer people from outside an immediate household.
  • Restaurants and bars are open for outdoor dining and takeout only - no indoor dining is allowed.
  • Bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums, zoos and indoor fitness facilities are closed.
  • Personal services (such as hair dressers, nail salons, etc…) and retail occupancy, including grocery stores are limited to 25 percent of capacity.
  • Long term care facilities can only allow outdoor visitation, except in the cases of end of life care and essential support personnel.
  • Religious services are limited to 25 percent indoor occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. No choir, band or ensemble shall perform during these services. Facial coverings must be worn at all times by congregation members, and there cannot be any congregational singing.
  • Wedding receptions are prohibited. Wedding ceremonies will be allowed with no more than 30 people in attendance.
  • Youth (school and non-school) and adult sporting activities are limited to outdoor only for intra-team practices, and all athletes must wear masks.
  • No real estate open houses.

"We understand that this extension may be frustrating for some,” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “It is important to think about the many benefits that come from following these health measures—the positive impact each and every one of us can have on our community by staying home and staying healthy. By following these measures, we ensure that our family, friends, and loved ones will be around to see 2021.”

An updated reopening plan is currently being developed by the Governor’s office to provide a pathway for businesses and workers impacted by this order to reopen safely. The updated plan is expected to be released next week.

For COVID-19 updates, visit Skagit County Public Health’s webpage at https://www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus.

For questions or more details, please contact Public Health at (360) 416-1500.