The state is ready for another step of normal course. Gov. Aye Insley announced Thursday that Washington’s 39 countries will soon move into the third phase of its COVID-19 reopening program, which will allow restaurants, retailers, fitness centers and other indoor spaces to open up to 50% capacity.
While state health officials are encouraged by the growing number of people being vaccinated, they still have concerns about coronavirus variants. On Thursday, the state health minister confirmed the case of a version that first appeared in Brazil and was found in the King district.
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