Billig: Shutdown edict may loosen
Gov. Inslee expected to announce changes today
Last updated 1/28/2021 at 11:41am
OLYMPIA – Sen. Majority Leader Andy Billig said Wednesday night that Eastern Washington residents will be “glad” about changes in coronavirus edicts relating to business opening expected to be announced today.
“There is going to be an announcement by the governor to adjust the metrics,” Billig, D-Spokane, said during a digital meeting broadcast on social media. “There will be some additional flexibility.”
Indoor service for restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, bowling alleys and other businesses have been shuttered since Nov. 16 by order of Gov. Jay Inslee.
Billig said residents can expect movement toward reopening, but added, “I’ll leave the details for the governor.”
Inslee has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. today.
The potential loosening of restrictions follows similar, abrupt moves by governors in California and Michigan. It also comes as numerous restaurants and bars statewide have defied the governor and reopened, some publicly and others more as a clandestine speakeasy.