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caption: Gov. Jay Inslee announces that he is ordering the prohibition on gatherings of more than 250 people, March 11, 2020.
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Gov. Jay Inslee announces that he is ordering the prohibition on gatherings of more than 250 people, March 11, 2020.
Credit: King County TV

Governor Inslee bans gatherings of more than 250 people

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced today that he is prohibiting recreational and social gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Governor Inslee says the ban applies to community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based and sporting events. This includes parades, concerts, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, and similar activities.

The Governor also says he has asked Washington school districts to begin contingency planning for potential school closures. Seattle Public Schools said Wednesday it is closing schools for two weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released guidance for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties today, also recommending canceling gatherings of more than 250 people.