Bride in tears as Inslee rolls back Pierce County the day before her wedding
They say rain on your wedding day is good luck. But what about when your governor rolls back your county because of a global pandemic and your new phase doesn’t allow big gatherings? That’s good luck, too, but maybe it doesn’t feel like it now.
Kayla shared her struggle with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show as Gov. Inslee’s rollback of Pierce County restrictions 24 hours before her wedding makes her special day a nightmare to pull off.
Pierce County is one of three counties that will roll back from Phase 3 to Phase 2 on Friday, April 16. Cowlitz and Whitman counties are also rolling back.
Pierce County had a rate of 267.9 new cases and 6.4 hospitalizations when Inslee sent out a news release of the rollback on Monday.
In Phase 2, capacity for retail stores, worship services, indoor dining, fitness centers, gyms, salons, and various forms indoor entertainment is reduced to 25%, down from 50% capacity permitted in Phase 3.
Outdoor social gatherings in Phase 2 are limited to 15 people from outside of your household, with a maximum of two total households permitted to be in attendance. Read more about Phase 2 rules here.
Kayla said she’s already stressed out while planning a wedding with all of the restrictions, and now this.
“I was immediately devastated and got on the phone to call the governor’s office,” she told Dori.
Kayla was able to reach a staff member at the governor’s office and explained that the rollback affects her out-of-state family, the venue, and local vendors.
“I said I just don’t think the governor has considered people like us,” she explained. “Could we at least just move forward because our wedding was planned before these Phase 3 rollbacks? [The person with the governor’s office] just said, ‘sorry, I don’t know what to tell you. I’ll relay your message to the governor.'”
Kayla, who says she’s vaccinated and a lot of her guests are as well, says her vendors are worried about a potential $1,000 fine and losing their business licenses.
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