State to Lift COVID Restrictions by June 30
On Thursday, May 13 the state announced that pandemic related restrictions will be lifted by June 30 – earlier if 70% of Washington adults 16 and older have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently 57% of Washington residents 16 and over have initiated vaccinations.
Next Tuesday, May 18, all counties will move to Phase 3, noting a move to statewide phase movement. Then, on June 30, the state will remove all restrictions on businesses and activities, fully reopening the state. However, if the statewide hospital bed count ever reaches 90%, the state will reinstitute restrictions.
Effective immediately, restrictions on indoor and outdoor spectator events have also been relaxed, lifting any limits on the number of vaccinated attendees.
Local health officials will have the authority to institute localized restrictions if they deem necessary.
The Governor also issued updated guidance for schools for the fall.