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Inslee pauses movement in Healthy Washington phased reopening plan


Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced regions would not move backward in the Healthy Washington phased reopening plan, and that the pause would last at least several weeks.

All eight regions have been in Phase 2 since Feb. 14, which allows for more activities including indoor dining at 25% capacity. Future phases are still being discussed by state leaders in partnership with stakeholders in local government, business and labor.

Inslee said he is optimistic about current trends in COVID-19 activity, particularly the steady decrease in cases and hospitalizations since the pandemic's third wave peaked toward the end of 2020. These trends coincide with progress in another important front in the battle against COVID-19: More than 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Washington state.

Residents can continue to keep each other safe and healthy by using facial coverings, distancing, and practicing basic good hygiene, like hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes.