Breaking: Governor issues new set of coronavirus restrictions; indoor social gatherings, dining suspended

Sean Gannon, News Editor

Governor Jay Inslee announced a new set of restrictions Sunday morning after the virus accelerated throughout the state to record-high COVID-19 case levels — including new peaks in Walla Walla County. 

The four-week-long set of restrictions prohibit indoor dining and drinking, and close indoor gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums. 

Indoor gatherings with people outside your household are prohibited unless participants have quarantined for at least a week and tested negative. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to no more than five people outside your household.

“Today, Sunday, November 15, 2020, is the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history,” Gov. Inslee said as he announced the restrictions. “A pandemic is raging in our state. Left unchecked, it will assuredly result in grossly overburdened hospitals and morgues, and keep people from obtaining routine but necessary medical treatment for non-COVID conditions.”

More coverage on the new batch of restrictions can be found at The Seattle Times and Walla Walla-specific information can be found in the county’s new COVID-19 website.