The Barnyard Cinema in Winthrop is celebrating with truffles and music — on the large display — when the theater opens to the general public this weekend for the primary time in a yr and a half.
Film theaters, like different indoor leisure, eating places and bars, are permitted to open at 50% capability, with further tips to maintain patrons at a protected distance.
Gov. Jay Inslee up to date the steering for companies, locations of worship, and recreation final week. The brand new tips make clear that totally vaccinated folks can exit to eat, see a film or live performance, or worship with out a masks. They don’t even have to remain 6 ft away from the others of their celebration.
Unvaccinated folks nonetheless should comply with masking and distancing necessities, which means masks are required at a restaurant after they’re not actively consuming or ingesting. Additionally they want to stay 6 ft from different patrons.
Restaurant tables nonetheless should be spaced 6 ft aside and are restricted to 10 folks per desk. Bar seating remains to be off limits. And condiments like ketchup and mustard should be single-use or sanitized between diners.
The rules permit enterprise house owners to set their very own protocols. Companies can nonetheless require a masks for all patrons, and might give you their very own system for verifying vaccination standing, both asking for proof or counting on the dignity system.
In the course of the lengthy closure, personal screenings helped hold the lights on on the Barnyard Cinema, nevertheless it hasn’t been the identical, co-owner Genevieve Cole mentioned. The primary movie is a “charming documentary” about Italian truffle hunters, she mentioned. The next week, folks can watch “Within the Heights,” a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, identified for his blockbuster Broadway hit “Hamilton.”
Okanogan County recorded 39 new COVID infections within the seven days ending June 3. Eighteen of these instances have been in Omak, with none within the Methow Valley. New instances over the previous 14 days are at 80, whereas the speed adjusted to 100,000 inhabitants is 185.5.
The numbers dismayed the county’s public well being employees. It was “ridiculous” to see 22 infections reported in a single day this week, Okanogan County Group Well being Director Lauri Jones informed the Board of Well being at their assembly on Tuesday (June 8).
Since vaccinations started late final yr, all however 5 infections within the county have occurred in unvaccinated folks, in accordance with Public Well being. These 5 people have had solely delicate signs and none have needed to be hospitalized, Jones mentioned.
Washington state can also be seeing a steep lower in extreme infections amongst vaccinated folks. Amongst folks ages 45 to 64, there are 21 occasions as many unvaccinated folks hospitalized than those that’ve obtained the vaccine. For these 65 and older, the hospitalization price is 13 occasions greater, in accordance with the Washington Division of Well being. These numbers are for early Could, the newest information launched by the state.
Greater than 36,000 vaccine doses — principally the two-dose vaccines — have been administered in Okanogan County, bringing the variety of folks totally vaccinated to about 16,000, or 42.7% of the inhabitants, Jones mentioned.
The county wants to advertise the vaccine as the very best path to full restoration, Okanogan County Well being Officer James Wallace mentioned in a message to the Board of Well being. Quarantines that needed to be imposed following some latest gatherings and occasions improve the chance that the county should shut down once more, he mentioned.
Whereas the county has been a mannequin for vaccination success in rural areas, it’s just lately hit a plateau, Jones mentioned. The county’s objective is to vaccinate 70% of the inhabitants, she mentioned.
A brand new cell van has expanded vaccine entry within the far-flung northern elements of the county round Molson and Chesaw, Jones mentioned. Whereas the trouble initially met with some reluctance, they’ve made vital progress, vaccinating about 40 folks to this point, she mentioned.
As well as, the Colville Tribes report having vaccinated 2,000 folks, who aren’t included within the county’s information, Jones mentioned. She’s ready to be taught whether or not this covers solely these in Okanogan County or on all the reservation.
The county is working with Household Well being Facilities to offer COVID assessments and vaccines to agricultural staff within the H-2A program. They’ve already administered 3,100 vaccines, Jones mentioned.
In different enterprise, the Board of Well being accredited a $1.8-million supplemental funds appropriation, which incorporates funding for a vaccination coordinator and a regional epidemiologist. The positions can transition to different roles in neighborhood and environmental well being when COVID calls for lower, Jones mentioned.