En route to flattening the curve.
En route to flattening the curve. LESTER BLACK

In an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered "restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities" across the state of Washington to temporarily shutter, according to a statement released Sunday evening.

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Restaurants will still be able to deliver takeout. Grocery stores and pharmacies can stay open, but "other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy."

Inslee is also banning gatherings of over 50 people statewide, and gatherings with under 50 people must follow strict social distancing guidelines.

Inslee will sign the proclamation mandating these measurers on Monday, but King County will enforce these actions "immediately."

The Governor offered no timeline in the statement, but said he'll lay out the details in the morning.

In another statement, King County Executive Dow Constantine said that all indoor "social or recreational venues," such as gyms, theaters, dance halls, and clubs, must close through March 31.

“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the virus," he said. "I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges."

Inslee's announcement comes on the day Illinois, Ohio, California, and New York enacted similar measures in an effort to flatten the curve, which we have to do so fewer people will die of the virus.

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