On Monday, March 23, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay Home” order to fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19). This includes a ban on all gatherings, and closures of many businesses, unless those businesses are essential to the healthy functioning of our community, or are able to let employees work remotely from home. The ban is in effect for a minimum of two weeks, or through April 8, but may be extended.
It is still safe to go outside using social distancing of six feet, but only for essential purposes. Grocery stores, doctors’ offices and other essential businesses will remain open. This also does not prohibit people from merely going outside to enjoy a walk on a sunny spring day.
Governor Inslee stated that the goal of this order is, “To reduce social interactions where this highly contagious virus can spread. This weapon, distancing ourselves, is the only weapon against this virus. And we have proven that it can work, but only if we actually use it.”
The order immediately bans all gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes, including weddings and funerals.