June 16, 2020 Comments Off on King County Applies for Phase 2 of Safe Start Recovery Plan Views: 424 Seattle & Pacific Northwest News, Seattle News, Top Seattle

King County Applies for Phase 2 of Safe Start Recovery Plan

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Following two weeks of progress in modified Phase 1, King County submitted an application to the state Department of Health to move to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start coronavirus recovery plan. If approved, it would allow more re-opening of businesses to increase operating capacity.

The plan had received an approval by the King County Board of Health. The state is expected to process the application this week, and King County could move to Phase 2 as early as Friday.

King County’s Dow Constantine says, “After two weeks in what has been called Phase 1.5, our case counts, health care system capacity and other metrics are holding steady, and we are ready to move to Phase 2. But make no mistake – successful economic recovery will depend on everyone in King County carefully following the recommendations of our Public Health experts, including wearing face coverings and avoiding unnecessary contacts, so together we can keep re-opening our community while holding the line on the pandemic.”

Under Phase 2, businesses can operate at twice the indoor capacity permitted in the modified Phase 1, provided they meet all re-opening requirements set out by the state’s guidance.

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