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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As governors around the country continue to ease or end their shutdown orders, Gov. Jay Inslee says there is no Phase 3 plan in development for our state. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases continue to fall as Washingtonians responsibly wear masks, distance themselves from one another, and receive the coronavirus vaccine.

To not have a plan in place to more quickly get students back in school or further increase capacity at our businesses is simply unacceptable. Yesterday, legislative Republicans took the lead and held a press conference to announce our Open Safe, Open Now plan. It’s the subject of my latest video update.

Details of our plan are as follows:

PHASE 3: Effective immediately

Returning students to the classroom

  • All children in grades K-12 would immediately return to the classroom for in-person instruction.
  • School districts would implement safety protocols provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Getting people back to work

  • Hospitality businesses and public venues statewide, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, libraries, and other entertainment venues, would open to 50% capacity.
  • Bars and restaurants would stop serving alcohol and close at midnight.
  • State parks and other state agencies whose function is tourism/recreation would resume bookings for day-use and overnight facilities at 50% capacity.
  • Indoor weddings and indoor religious services would open to 50% capacity.
  • Professional services would open to 50% capacity.

PHASE 4: Effective three weeks after implementing Phase 3

Fully open at 100%

  • After a county has operated at Phase 3 for three weeks with no significant spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, all activities return to 100% capacity.
  • Bars and restaurants would return to serving alcohol until 2 a.m.

Some final thoughts

All session long, House and Senate Republicans have been proposing real solutions to get Washingtonians back to work, school, and a more normal life. In my last email update, I provided an overview of the 2021-23 House Republican operating budget proposal, which would fund priorities for all Washingtonians with no cuts to vital services and no new taxes. In another update, I discussed Rep. Drew Stokesbary’s REAL Recovery for Washington Act, which would provide $4 billion in relief for Washington families and businesses.

We have solutions while the governor has excuses. It’s time for him to lead and for our state to safely reopen.


J.T. Wilcox

State Representative J.T. Wilcox, 2nd Legislative District
122A Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7912 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000