Companies uncertain of future, whereas neighboring counties see restrictions loosened

Whereas a number of Western Washington counties put together to enter Section 2, neighboring counties, and companies inside them, are nonetheless uncertain of their future.

This week, Governor Jay Inslee introduced seven counties (King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific Counties) would transfer to Section 2 on Monday.

Section 2 permits a number of types of enterprise to open as soon as once more and loosens restrictions on others.

Whereas that is nice information for lots of native enterprise homeowners within the included counties, for folk in neighboring counties, it leaves them with lots of questions.

“If there’s different counties, not that distant, which are going to be open quickly, there’ll go the remainder of my enterprise; it’s not honest,” mentioned Roy Cray.

Cray is the proprietor of Cray’s diner in Bremerton, which is in Kitsap County.

He opened his enterprise only some months earlier than the pandemic. He says staying open over the last yr has been a problem.

“It’s sort of like working your personal funeral. Your visitor are available unhappy. They see the battle. They need to assist, however they will’t,” he mentioned.

Lately, Cray says he’s needed to take care of the lack of prospects who’re going to eating places which are providing out of doors seating choices, and even companies who’re secretly permitting people to eat inside, regardless of the mandate.

He says with people having the choices to now drive a couple of minutes south to Pierce County and eat inside, it doesn’t give him many decisions.

“I would like folks to have the ability to come inside once more,” mentioned Cray.

Whereas Cray is following all of the mandates imposed by the state, he doesn’t assume they’re honest.

“This {restrictions} must be throughout the board. For those who assume not consuming at a restaurant goes to cease all of this, not going to a fitness center goes to cease all this, then, it must cease all over the place, for a time period, until it’s higher, or not. Simply let the folks have the selection themselves, the liberty to have their very own alternative,” he mentioned.



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