LACEY, Wash. — Sitting outside drinking his coffee and grabbing free Wi-Fi – these days, the bench outside Panera Bread is as close as Peter Parnell can get to dining in.
The chain is following state guidelines and posted signs on their front doors altering customers that orders are to-go only.
“This is the first time I've seen anything like this on this sort of scale,” Parnell said.
The two-week ban is impacting nearly everyone, everywhere.
Restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery.
Movie theaters are closed.
Hair and nail salons must shut down.
Bowling alleys are locked up.
If you want to work out, you can't go to the gym.
"I was trying to go to the gym and they said it was closed,” Carlos Rodrijuez said.
Rodrijuez wasn't the only one in the dark. Plenty of gymgoers stopped by LA Fitness only to turn around and head back home.
"I'll have to buy something to like, I don't know, stay fit,” he said.
Some casinos are also planning to close, including Hawks Prairie Casino and Emerald Queen.
Tattoo parlors had to lock up, too.
"It's pretty intense right now,” said Shye Smith, who works at Black Tortoise Tattoo in Lacey. She just found out she's out of work until April.
"I had to rush in, cancel all of my appointments, try to reschedule out,” said Smith.
She’s overwhelmed and doesn't know what she's going to do.
"Now that my business is being shut down and I won't be able to work for at least two weeks now, it's definitely starting to freak me out a little bit,” she said.
Currently, not all casinos are closing their doors. Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that other tribes could soon follow the Puyallup Tribe and Suquamish Tribe’s lead.
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