While our state government has been working diligently to address the COVID-19 outbreak, those in charge aren’t seeing the kind of results needed to minimize further infections and save lives. To that end, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” order yesterday evening. It’s a drastic measure meant to avoid catastrophic overloads of our public-health system and further deaths in our state.
Click here for more information on yesterday’s order.
For a minimum of two weeks, Washingtonians are required to stay home unless pursuing essential activities like getting groceries, picking up medications or going to a doctor’s appointment. People may also leave home going to work at an “essential” business. We are still encouraged to stay active, taking walks or going outside for exercise, but not in groups. The order bans both public and private gatherings and took effect immediately.
Businesses not considered essential must close within 48 hours of the order, which means Wednesday evening. Those that can remain open through telework should continue to do so. Even if you are an essential business, you are required to implement policies to maintain social distancing in the workplace – a practice that everyone in our state should continue – keeping at least 6 feet distance from others.
Click here for a link to the current list of what is considered an essential business.
You can stay up-to-date on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak by clicking here.
This is going to be a challenging time, but I know we’ll get through it. We are a resilient community and we’re going to show that we can work together and stem the spread of COVID-19. As I mentioned in my previous report, the state is doing what it can with the resources we give it, but the ultimate responsibility for our friends and neighbors is on us.
My office is here to help where we can. Email continues to be the best way to contact me – and remember: Stay Home, Stay Healthy. It is an honor to serve you.
Your 10th District State Senator