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华盛顿州Gov.Jay Inslee在星期天在新闻发布会上讲话。(TVW截图)

Washington state is setting further restrictions as COVID-19 case counts reach new highs and hospitalizations rise again.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee宣布星期天,室内社交聚会和室内用餐将在国家,11月16日至12月14日至12月14日禁止。



Inslee said the state is facing a “third wave that is trending to be more dangerous than any we have seen before.”

“The decisions we have made have been based on science — the science of this virus, the science of what conditions lead to its transmission, and the recognition of what works, because we’ve done these things before, frankly,” Inslee said during an online press conference.

Read the full proclamation here

新的限制与Inslee的九周类似Stay Home, Stay Healthy order4月份在Covid-19开始在国家和国家蔓延。

The governor said the state was “largely successful” with its mitigation policies earlier this year relative to other states because it acted quickly.

“The one thing about this virus that every epidemiologist and virologist has told us is early action can save the day,” Inslee said.

Inslee说:“可能是华盛顿州最危险的地方现在是我们自己的家园”因为how COVID-19 spreads

“It’s so easy to become infected by the people you love or vice versa,” Inslee said.

Takeout orders and restricted outdoor dining will be allowed at restaurants, which were previously allowed to operate indoor dining at 50% capacity and with parties of five or less, in addition to social distancing and cleaning mandates. The new restaurant rules go into effect on Wednesday.

Retail businesses such as grocery stores will now be limited to 25% capacity indoors, while gyms, indoor movie theaters, and museums must close. Real estate open houses are prohibited. Religious services are limited to 25% occupancy with no more than 200 people.

k - 12 /高等教育,儿童保育和court-related proceedings are exempt from the new restrictions.

The state has这里的更安全聚会的指南

“This is not forever. This is only for now,” Inslee said. “Thanks to the brilliance of our medical community, a vaccine is on the way. We need to hold this pandemic down until the cavalry arrives.”


Dr. Kathy Lofy, Washington’s state health officer, said officials are “extremely concerned about how quickly COVID-19 is spreading through our state,” noting the exponential growth. She said the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased 40% over the past week.

“We will eventually exceed the capacity in our hospitals to adequately care for all patients, including patients with and without COVID, and ultimately [it] will lead to more deaths,” Lofy said on Sunday.

In King County, home to the tech centers of Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle,七天滚动平均阳性案件now tops 400 a day, after dropping to a rolling average of less than 50 cases a day at times in the late spring.

与此同时,疾病的死亡率仍然远远低于今年州早些时候的高峰。国家的爆发has been less severe than in most other states经过almost every measure. The U.S. surpassed1100万个案例this weekend, including 159,100 on Saturday, the third-highest count to date.


“We’re close as a whole, as healthcare workers, to being burnt out,” said Clint Wallace, an ICU nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash who spoke at the briefing. “We are pleading with the community in Washington and throughout the world to follow the directions and advice of our healthcare experts.”

Inslee said the state is allocating another $50 million in grants and loans to help businesses impacted by the pandemic. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said she is looking for additional ways to help small businesses with COVID relief packages.

Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards is signing an emergency rule to cap delivery fees for third-party apps such as UberEats and DoorDash.

Inslee encouraged people not to hoard supplies. “That is really not necessary and most unhelpful right now,” he said. “Our supply chain is strong. Buying up everything really hurts everybody and there’s no necessity of it right now.”

Inslee, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Fridayissued a travel advisoryand recommended a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel. Insee also on Friday对居民提出了新的呼吁to avoid holiday gatherings outside of their households.

上周,西雅图的Fred Hutchinson癌症研究中心returned to stricter restrictions on its own campus,在跨越更广泛地区的公司的可能迹象。

Seattle-area tech giants Amazon and Microsoft were some of the first large companies to allow remote work as the pandemic hit earlier this year. Amazon last monthextended its remote work policy to June 2021。Microsoft发布了新的“混合工作场所”指导that will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50% of their working week, and managers will be able to approve permanent remote work.

We’ve reached out to both companies to learn more about revised remote work policies and will update this story when we hear back.

Update:这是一个Microsoft Spokesperson的声明:“我们在内部共享指导方针,为我们的员工提供计划,以便我们安全地返回工作场所。我们的目标是发展我们随着时间的推移而发展的方式 - 以员工输入,数据为指导,我们承诺在生活我们的文化时支持个人工作基金和商业需求。“


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