Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday he hopes to move to the second phase of reopening his state at the end of May.
"Phase two allows some additional industries to reopen," Inslee told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "Restaurants with 50% capacity. [We'll] be able to have gatherings up to five people in a variety of contexts and a group of other less risky businesses."
Inslee extended his state's stay-at-home order until May 31.
"We've now brought back some industries, the construction industry," he said. "Tomorrow some auto sales, for instance, will come back."
The Washington state governor added that three weeks after moving to phase two of his reopening plan, he will re-evaluate to see if other businesses that are finding it difficult to preserve social distancing can reopen.
“Then go to the fourth stage, which hopefully could return to the bright days of cheering crowds,” Inslee said. “But that’s not in the immediate future for us. We will have to look at the science before we get to that stage.”
Inslee insisted that coronavirus testing remains a need “to allow our economy to fully reopen.”
“The needs of testing will increase, not decrease,” Inslee said. “I think some people think the need for testing will decrease as the virus goes down. Actually, it will increase because we’ll have more new employees coming back, more students, more people who need (personal protective equipment) and testing. So the need for the federal government to assist the states is going to actually increase.”