Washington State– Governor Jay Inslee has issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy Executive Order for all of Washington State which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. This order is similar to orders that other governors, in places such as California and New York, issued last week. The order REQUIRES every Washingtonian to heed current State Public Health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain the continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.
“We’ve been very clear on the need for everyone to stay home,” Inslee said. “And, while most Washingtonians are doing their part, some still don’t grasp the seriousness of this pandemic.”
In accordance with this order, the Governor has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring the continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
- Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
- Getting takeout food. (Food Deliveries are also permitted)
- Going to work at an essential business.
- Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.
- All Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains and other things necessary for continued operations will remain open.
- EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: All gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are prohibited. This applies to both private and public gatherings which include everything from sleepovers for children to weddings and funerals. All of these type of events MUST be postponed for public health and safety.
- Effective in 48 Hours: All businesses, except essential businesses. Businesses that can operate using telework should continue to do so. For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the governor’s office will provide guidance on what businesses are essential, building on the federal government’s and California’s definition of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. If a business believes that it is essential, or if it is an entity providing essential services or functions, they will be able to request designation as an essential business. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of a least six feet.
Camping on State Lands:
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all campsites, roofed accommodations (such as cabins, yurts, and vacation houses), group camps, and day use facilities are closed through April 30, 2020. If you have an existing reservation, you will be contacted for a refund. Learn more at the Washington State Parks reservations website.
This new order builds on early and unprecedented steps the state took in the past few weeks to protect Washingtonians. These included closing schools, restaurants, entertainment venues and other businesses where people get together.
“We know life will look different tomorrow in Washington,” Inslee said. “And we know tonight’s announcement affects millions of our livelihoods. But these necessary restrictions will protect us and our loved ones so that we have a livelihood to come back to. We will keep working until this is defeated. The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save.”