Health order restricting large gatherings implemented in Pullman as COVID cases rise

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Whitman County Department of Public Health has implemented a health order restricting large gatherings in the city of Pullman.

This comes amid rising COVID-19 case numbers tied to Washington State University. In late March, President Kirk Schulz issued a warning to students to stop gatherings and parties.

release from WCPH said the order is being issued to help stop the spread of COVID-19 into the broader Pullman community.

The order states outdoor social gatherings, that are not associated with weddings, funerals, or religious services, shall be limited to no more than 10 people. Masks are required unless someone is physically unable or under the age of two, and six-foot social distancing must be maintained. The order also states that all other Phase 3 requirements as set forth by the state will remain as is.

Under the state’s phase 3 guidelines, outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people from outside your household are allowed.A release from WCPH said the order is being issued to help stop the spread of COVID-19 into the broader community.