Wash. Gov. Inslee warns a second stay-at-home order may be coming

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Columbia Basin College campus in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday June 30, 2020 about the spread of the coronavirus in Benton and Franklin counties. (Jennifer King/The Tri-City Herald via AP)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:10 AM PT — Friday, July 17, 2020

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced modifications to the state’s reopening plan. During a briefing in Olympia on Thursday, he enacted a new 10 person limit for all social gatherings held in counties on phase three, which is down from the original 50 person cap.

Gov. Inslee also warned of possibly stricter policies and a new stay-at-home order if current COVID-19 trends in the state continue unchanged. He suggested current efforts had not been enough to stem the pandemic’s spread and that new measures were likely necessary.

“And as a result, our weekly averages of the number of Washingtonians who are infected has continued to rise in a very disturbing pattern of continual consistent increase,” stated the Democrat governor. “We simply have to find another strategy or additional strategies to arrest this pandemic, so today we are acting to take action in that regard.”

Gov. Inslee attributed the rise of COVID-19 cases to individuals who are not exercising proper caution.

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