King County approved to move to Phase 2; three new counties to move to Phase 3

KING COUNTY, Wash. — King County has been approved to move to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, and several other counties are approved to move to Phase 3.

King County was previously in a modified version of Phase 1, also known as Phase 1.5.

Phase 2 allows restaurants to do indoor seating at 50%. All personal services, including hairstylists and cosmetologists, can work at a 50% capacity. Pet owners can also take their dogs to the groomers again. Libraries can do curbside pick-up or mail service, though, libraries will stay closed to the public.

Washington Department of Health also approved three counties to move to Phase 3. Island, Lewis and Mason Counties may move forward.

Friday morning, Governor Inslee said in a tweet:

“I will not hesitate to freeze, or even move counties backward if needed.”

Spokane County won’t be in Phase 3 of re-opening anytime soon. Though, Whitman County was approved to go to Phase 3 earlier this month.