Hermelinda Espinoza, left, looks up directions on her phone to show her mother, Alma Aispuro, center, and sister Emely Portillo at Pike Place Market on Thursday. The family is visiting from California.
Washington state will drop almost all coronavirus restrictions when we hit the 70% mark of people vaccinated who are 16 and up or at the end of June, whichever comes first. Gov. Jay Inslee’s office says we are unlikely to hit it this week. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
Hermelinda Espinoza, left, looks up directions on her phone to show her mother, Alma Aispuro, center, and sister Emely Portillo at Pike Place Market on Thursday. The Market on a spring day is where commerce, tourism and anticipation for the lifting of pandemic restrictions intersect. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
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