Advocacy on the Move
Inslee Introduces “Healthy Washington” Re-Opening Plan
January 5, 2021
Governor Jay Inslee today announced a new statewide re-opening plan to follow the state’s modified short-term restrictions that went into place in November following a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The “Healthy Washington” introduces a new phase-based regional re-opening plan, not to be confused with the previous phase-based regional re-opening plan that had been in place through much of the summer and fall of 2020.
The protocols are set to go live on January 11th and sees the entire state in the newly defined Phase 1 restrictions. The plan breaks the state into 8 distinct geographic regions instead of individual counties that can advance to subsequent phases once certain metrics are satisfied. The criteria are based on decreasing two-week COVID-19 trends, hospitalization rates, ICU occupancy, and COVID-19 positivity rates.
The new approach does not change existing protocols for credit union operations either at branch locations or operations centers, although if that changes in the future we will share that with you. Most modifications to the new approach are related to personal or social gatherings as outdoor social gatherings with limits are allowed under phase one as well as some limited recreational and fitness activities, indoor entertainment, and other events. Phase two would then see limited indoor dining resume and other flexibility added.