Inslee loosens COVID-19 business restrictions for restaurants, movie theaters, outdoor group sports and more

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced more activities would be able to take place in counties in their various stages of his four-part coronavirus reopening plan.

In a news conference Tuesday, Inslee described the measures as “targeted things to show how we can do this in a safe way” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For counties in the second phase of the plan, movie theaters will be able to operate at 25% capacity, and in the third phase, at 50% capacity. Facial coverings and 6 feet of distance between households will be required.

Meanwhile, restaurants in second- or third-phase counties can serve alcohol now up to 11 p.m. Those establishments will be able to boost their table size to six in the second phase, and to eight in the third phase.

“We’re hopeful this is going to allow restaurant to boost business in a safe way,” Inslee said in the

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