Washington set to fully reopen, lift all COVID restrictions Wednesday

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SPOKANE, Wash. — We are just days away from Washington fully reopening — on Wednesday, COVID restrictions will be lifted statewide.

There is still an opportunity for the state to reopen a bit earlier, but as the vaccination rate is slowing down closer to the finish line—Washington is currently around 68.2%—Wednesday will likely mark the end of the state’s restrictions.

Starting Wednesday, venues will be finally be able to reopen to 100% capacity, from movie theaters and restaurants to sport venues and retail stores.

This move does not mean the State of Emergency is over. This first step is a measure to get the state’s economy moving again while we transition back to normalcy in other areas like education and rental properties.

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The one metric of concern since we moved to Phase 3 was Washington’s overall ICU capacity. If at any point the state’s hospitals reached 90%, Governor Inslee said he would roll back restrictions.

Washington has remained between 75.4% and 83.5% capacity since then.

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