Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced new changes to the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. On March 22, all counties in Washington will move into Phase 3. This means there will be fewer restrictions on private and business activities across the state.
While this is encouraging news and a sign that our state is moving in the right direction, you should still take caution. The virus is still among us, new variants are circulating, and vaccine supply is still limited. To stay in Phase 3, we’ll have to keep our COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations low.
What’s allowed during Phase 3?
Phase 3 will allow the following:
Information about private gatherings and specific industries will be made available next week, and we will share it as soon as we have it. To learn more about this Phase 3 announcement, read this article from the Governor’s Office.
What metrics must we meet to stay in Phase 3?
There are only two metrics to pass to stay in Phase 3, but we’ll have to meet both of them if we don’t want to go back to Phase 2. Those metrics are:
Metrics are no longer measured based on healthcare region, but on a county-by-county basis. These metrics will be evaluated for each county every three weeks. If Whatcom fails either metric, we will move back to Phase 2. Evaluations will occur on Mondays with any possible changes taking effect Friday. The first evaluation of the metrics is scheduled for April 12.