OLYMPIA, Wash. — Three of Washington state’s 39 counties will tighten up pandemic restrictions beginning Friday.
That means decreasing capacity for indoor dining at restaurants, retail stores and gyms from 50% to 25%. Limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings will also be also reduced.
The counties affected are Cowlitz, Whitman and Pierce — the latter being the home of Tacoma.
New coronavirus cases and COVD-19 hospitalizations in the three counties exceeded criteria set by Gov. Jay Inslee to stay in Phase 3 of the state’s economic reopening plan.