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3 things to know this Friday about Phase 2 reopening in Spokane

Gov. Inslee changes Phase 2 date to Valentine's Day; breaking down what's allowed and open during Phase 2; and what we know about Phases 3 and 4.

Gov. Inslee changes Phase 2 date to Valentine's Day

Hours after his announcement that the East region and others in Washington state would move into Phase 2 on Monday, Feb. 15, Gov. Jay Inslee said he would allow the reopening one day earlier for Valentine's Day celebrations. The East region, which includes Spokane and eight other counties, is moving ahead after seeing a decrease in in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over two weeks per 100,000 people, along with a decrease in coronavirus patients receiving ICU care. Read more

What's allowed in Phase 2?

The move into Phase 2 allows a handful of businesses in Eastern Washington to reopen at limited capacity, including restaurants for indoor dining and fitness centers. Wedding receptions are also allowed in Phase 2, with some restrictions in place. Requirements for indoor and outdoor entertainment venues will also change, along with those for social gatherings. Read more

Where are Phases 3 and 4?

In a Facebook post, Spokane Councilmember Michael Cathcart asked, "I guess the question now is whether there will ever be a Phase 3?" Inslee said during his press conference on Thursday that he did not have a date for the release of Phase 3 and 4 guidelines. He added that the state has been focused on getting into Phase 2. The Healthy Washington plan says the state Department of Health could add more phases to the plan as the COVID-19 situation changes in the state. Read more