Will Inslee Lift Fishing Restrictions Today (Monday 4-27)?
Governor Jay Inslee issued this statement about a press conference today, Monday, April 27.
Some observers believe it will be to announce a partial or complete lifting of the ban on fishing. It's largely been unenforceable, and has only served to bring a lot of heat and ridicule on the Governor. According to his release:
"Gov. Jay Inslee will address media Monday via streaming video and telephone to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response.
The governor will be joined by Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands, Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Monday, April 27
2:30 PM - Press conference on COVID-19 "
Several notable protests have occurred, most widely noticed was the Columbia Point protest two weekends ago. Washington was the only state in the U.S. to ban fishing due to COVID concerns. Local law enforcement agencies across the state, especially Sheriff's, have indicated they have far more pressing criminal issues to deal with as opposed to chasing down would-be anglers; leaving that 'task' to state game and wildlife officials.