Heated debate on fast-action business bill to skip first phase of recovery plan
Healthcare workers tired, facilities strained
Last updated 1/21/2021 at 10:51am
Dozens of business owners — from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers — told state officials that continued COVID-19 restrictions place small businesses at risk of permanent closure, but state healthcare officials said a rush to reopen businesses puts the public at risk during a pandemic that has yet to to be controlled.
In all, more than 1,500 Washington residents convened online Wednesday, Jan. 20 to debate a bill before the Legislature that would ease government limits on indoor dining and entertainment.
Sponsored by both Democrat and Republican senators, Senate Bill 5114 an...