In the joint letter, business owners said returning to Phase 2 would not work to contain the virus, citing data from other states indicating that 25% capacity limits don’t deter people from gathering. Instead, they said 50% capacity limits with protocols in place work better to provide people with a safer outlet to socialize. Under the potential rollback, restaurants would move back to 25% indoor capacity.
The letter added that a selective rollback approach would be counterproductive to the goal of mitigating virus spread as it would just make people more inclined to travel to other counties with fewer restrictions. Source www.koin.com
Anton also said restaurants lose about the same amount of money at 25% as they do when they are closed.
He said that Spring Break may be contributing to the increase in cases, and small businesses shouldn’t be to blame. “We just think there’s a great opportunity for the governor in our state, with vaccinations being available to everybody this upcoming week, to unite us on a single focus,” said Anthony Anton, President and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association.
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