COVID-19 November 16 Update

Dear SODO Business Owners – 

Governor Jay Inslee issued new statewide restrictions on social gatherings and businesses in response to the surge of COVID-19 across Washington state. Seattle was the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in America, and while we have one of the lowest rates of cases of any major city, we are not immune to the virus surging in our communities.

The SODO BIA is working with the City of Seattle and other agencies to assist in sharing information and offering as much support as possible. Our staff will be following a hybrid system of working from home, but also coming into our office when necessary. We want you to know we are still here to support any needs you have as business, and that we are all in this together during this difficult time. Make sure you follow all steps that our City and State is recommending to stay healthy!

We will be back in touch with more information and please let us know how we might best support you.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for any issues you may come across!

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Inslee announces statewide restrictions for four-weeks

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country.

The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case counts, with over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and average cases in the state doubling over the past two weeks.

“This spike puts us in a more dangerous a position as we were in March,” Inslee said during a press conference Sunday. “And it means, unfortunately, the time has come to reinstate restrictions on activities statewide to preserve the public’s well-being, and to save lives. These were very difficult decisions that have very real consequences to people’s livelihoods. I recognize that and don’t take those impacts lightly, but we must act now and act quickly to slow the spread of this disease.”

The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 PM and will remain in effect until Monday, December 14. The modified restrictions of restaurants, however, will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 AM.