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Washington governor Inslee reverses decision on restaurant logs of customers

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a clarification today on his requirement that restaurants must collect contact information from all diners on behalf of state health officials.

He said the mandate is now voluntary for patrons.

“We are asking visitors to voluntarily provide contact information in case of COVID-19 exposure. We only need information for one person per household. If we learn you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your visit, the information will only be shared with public health officials. They will contact you to explain the risk, answer questions and provide resources,” he said in a statement on his official website.

He assured the public that the information will not be used for any other purpose, including sales or marketing. “If this list is not used within 30 days, it will be destroyed,” Inslee said. “This will not be required of anyone.”

Anchorage has a requirement for restaurants that they must collect the contact information from all their diners, something that has been met with resistance by Alaskans who say this is an invasion of their privacy.

The State of Alaska also has such a mandate as part of the govenor’s plan to reopen the state’s economy.

Neither the municipality of Anchorage or the State have put safeguards around the collection of the information.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • There isn’t a dumber governor anywhere than Washington’s Jay Inslee. A complete ignoramus.

    • Well said.

    • Michigan Governor Dimwit…Hold my beer.

    • The competition is tightening up though. Whitmer is doing everything she can to upstage him.

  • Is Washington’s Governor related to Anchorage’s infamous Mayor?

    • Yes. They both share the ignoramus genome in DNA sequencing. ie….
      Democrat.

  • Inslee, first makes it mandatory to show ID, citizen or not, and be recorded, to eat in a restaurant. Now it’s rescinded to “voluntary”? Out of his mouth, maybe. Not in reality. Leftists are coming up with various “rules” to allow them to get a look at, and record, personal info for tracking purposes (and more nefarious things, I am sure), not only for the Wuhan v.
    Why would not the same bar-coded, chip implanted, tracked, etc., citizens not need to show ID to vote? Pelosi want’s a 300,000 person, federally funded “tracking force” to keep tabs on all Americans. Why not use that “force” to ensure legal and correct ID before entering the booth, for all voters in America, not tracking/contact tracing our own citizens like china and other communist, authoritarian countries are currently doing? It appears to be because the leftists/democrats want an easier method of manipulating elections and will use any means available (mail-in-voting, no ID) to make that happen. A person can only ‘assume’ the reasons why, and you know what that word ‘assume’ does. It makes an ass of u and me. Facts are few and far between with democrats and ilk.
    Remember in November.

  • I hate that I have to fly through Washington State to get to my destination. I won’t spend a dime there.

  • I strongly suspect that any personal information collected by any government will be used against the individual depending on who is in charge and what they want to accomplish. America has learned this the hard way multiple times in the past, most recently the Russian collusion hoax and the General Flynn example.

  • I had a nice dinner at Evangelo’s in Wasilla last night with my wife. No idiotic bureaucracy to deal with, just a nice dinner served by people glad to be back to work. After seeing the sheer stupidity in dealing with this pandemic, almost entirely in Democrat states or strongholds, it really makes me appreciate living in Alaska (Anchorage excepted).

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