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Restaurant boosters urge Gov. Jay Inslee not to order closures ahead of holidays

The Washington Hospitality Association, an industry group representing restaurants and other service businesses statewide, asked Gov. Jay Inslee not to move to more restrictive measures on eateries because of their relative safety. Closing restaurants to dine-in patrons, as was done in the first few months of the pandemic, would result in the loss of 100,000 jobs, the group's president and chief executive officer told reporters Friday. 

Protests again close I-5; looting, vandalism in Bellevue

Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle was closed Sunday afternoon because of George Floyd protest activity, the second day in a row the main north-south freeway on the West Coast was shut down because of violence and looting in the Northwest’s largest city.

Franklin County commissioners defy state order, say businesses can reopen

Franklin County is back open for business. The unanimous decision Tuesday by the three county commissioners defies Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, which is in effect until May 4. The governor’s office pushed back Tuesday evening, calling the decision “a wrong-headed approach” that could expose the commissioners to legal liability.

Flavored vape products temporarily banned by Washington State Board of Health, to chants of ‘shame’

Despite the overwhelming opposition from the crowd, the Washington State Board of Health decided to enact the 120-day ban, to chants of “shame.” More than 350 people, mostly opponents of the ban, packed the ballroom at the SeaTac Marriott for the meeting, and about 60 people testified during the public comment session. As the ban’s opponents settled in for the vote after a lunch break, the ballroom filled with a sweet, sticky smell of vapor smoke.