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The below is a press release from the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents.

A plan drafted by King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and King County Board of Health Chair Joe McDermott and approved today by state Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman immediately allows limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses, recreation, and personal activities in King County.

Businesses are required to follow the state Department of Healths specificguidancebut must adjust their occupancy to the levels identified below. The State defines an establishments capacity as the fire code. The intent is to limit business operations to a level that allows for social distancing. Additionally, businesses in retail, professional services, and real estate must take steps to reduce indoor operations to thirty minutes. This is not meant to be timed to the second no one is expected to have a stopwatch but customers should be informed why it is important to limit close interactions.

Here is an overview of whats happening in key sectors across King County:

Restaurants Outdoor dining activities is allowed at 50 percent of capacity with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance, though additional seating will be allowed provided it follows Public Health Seattle & King Countys best practices. Restaurants will also need to go through the normal process within their city or King County if the establishment is located within unincorporated King County to seek approval to expand outdoor seating. Indoor dining services may operate at 25 percent of capacity, provided such tables and chairs are more than 6 feet away from each other.

In-store retail All non-essential retail activities may operate but an establishments occupancy may not be not be higher than 15 percent of capacity. Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to less than 30 minutes, with face-to-face interactions limited to 30 minutes. Essential retail activities may continue to operate according to the existing state regulations.

Personal services: Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Master Estheticians, Manicurists, Nail Salon Workers, Electrologists, Permanent Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Cosmetology Schools and Esthetics Schools All activities may operate but the number of clients served will be limited to no more than 25 percent of capacity or one person if it is a single bed/chair studio.

Professional services: Accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, information technologists, insurance agents, tax preparers, and other office-based occupations that are typically serving a client base All activities allowed but an establishments occupancy should not be higher than 25 percent of capacity. Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to be less than 30 minutes, with face to face interactions limited to 30 minutes.

Construction All construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume.

This important step in our COVID-19 response reflects all the sacrifice and hard work that our community has put into fighting this disease. The success of this guidance depends on business owners and community members embracing public health best practices, and understanding that one size doesnt fit all, said Executive Constantine. By opening our economy carefully and deliberately, we make sure to stay healthy and continue down the path to full recovery.

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This important step in our COVID-19 response reflects all the sacrifice and hard work that our community has put into fighting this disease. The success of this guidance depends on business owners and community members embracing public health best practices, and understanding that one size doesnt fit all. By opening our economy carefully and deliberately, we make sure to stay healthy and continue down the path to full recovery. Dow Constantine, King County Executive

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