Gov. Inslee announces 10-person limit on social gatherings

Jul 16, 2020, 2:57 PM | Updated: 5:01 pm
social gatherings...

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the state of Washington, Gov. Inslee announced a change Thursday to the limits on social gatherings. Counties in Phase 3 must limit social gatherings to 10 people or less, reduced from a previous limit of 50.

For counties in Phase 2 or a modified Phase 1, which is most of the state, social gatherings must continue to be limited to five people or less.

The governor and secretary of health also announced a prohibition on all live entertainment, indoor and outdoor, which includes drive-in concerts, comedy clubs, and music at restaurants.

Inslee warned that today’s roll backs may be a forerunner for future roll backs. These are not yet decisions that have been made, but will be examined if the current trends continue.

While there are problems in the state, Inslee said, the good news is that these problems can be largely addressed by individual actions and restraint.

“How individuals respond to this crisis will determine what happens to all of us, combined,” Inslee said.

Every individual can take actions to reduce the spread of this pandemic by continuing to wear masks, social distancing, and limiting interactions in general.

“We don’t have a vaccine, but we do have each other,” he added.

Recent research indicates that COVID-19 is mostly spreading at social gatherings and in face-to-face meetings. Actions that were once benign, innocent, and healthy, Inslee recognized, are now dangerous.

“Today, what used to be a birthday party could be a death sentence for somebody,” Inslee said.

The new limits on social gatherings take effect Monday, July 20.

Community transmission in Washington must drop if schools are to reopen

Inslee also reported Thursday that the seven-day rolling average from June 26 to July 2 is 629 cases per day, which is the highest rate since the pandemic began. Cases have also continued to rise consistently for the last month in Washington, and the rate of increase is quite significant. Hospitalizations and deaths across the state have also gone up in recent weeks, Inslee noted.

“This shows that too many individuals … are simply not exercising the caution that is necessary if we are going to arrest the dangerous rise of this pandemic,” Inslee said.

Inslee emphasized that we do not want to see infection rates in Washington state like Texas and Arizona are seeing now. If the current trends continue, Washington will be in a similar situation to those states, the governor said.

If we are disturbed by the scenes we’re seeing in those southern states, Inslee says, then we have to find another strategy or additional strategies to stop the pandemic from spreading.

Gov. Inslee also emphasized that limiting the number of people we socialize with does not remove the imperative need to continue the measures of wearing masks and social distancing from others.

“We can not let our guard down, even as we engage in more activities,” he said.

Local News

crime, shooting...
Associated Press

Clark County deputies shoot, kill suspect after pursuit

Authorities say police shot and killed an assault suspect after a pursuit near Vancouver in southwest Washington.
24 hours ago
rapid covid test...
MyNorthwest Staff

UW doctor: When to use a PCR versus rapid antigen test for COVID-19

Dr. Geoff Baird with UW Medicine has a simple formula for weighing the two main COVID test types: PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and rapid antigen.
24 hours ago
USS John McCain...
KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Naval Station Everett welcomes USS John S. McCain

The USS John S. McCain is now docked at its new homeport, Naval Station Everett.
24 hours ago
vaccine booster, heart...
Stephanie Klein

What to know as Oct. 18 deadline for vaccine mandate approaches

The deadline for state workers, including educators, and healthcare workers to show their employers proof that they're vaccinated against COVID-19 is Monday, Oct. 18.
24 hours ago
KIRO 7 News Staff

Police: Two in custody after hit-and-run suspect rams patrol car; officer fires shots

Two people were taken into custody after a driver suspected of a hit-and-run rammed an officer’s patrol vehicle, resulting in the officer firing shots at the car Saturday night in Medina.
24 hours ago
Seattle library...
MyNorthwest Staff

Last of Seattle Public Library branch closures from pandemic comes to an end

Seattle has reopened its NewHolly library branch, meaning that for the first time since the start of the pandemic, all 27 of the city's branches are now up and running.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles


How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Gov. Inslee announces 10-person limit on social gatherings