On Monday, March 23rd, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks through April 6th and could be extended.
This Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is similar to orders that other governors, in places such as California and New York, issued last week.
This proclamation will:
- Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
- Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
- Close all businesses except essential businesses.
“The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” Inslee said.
This article has a good summary of how this order will impact everyday Washingtonians: https://crosscut.com/2020/03/heres-what-washingtons-new-stay-home-order-means-you
The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open.
This link has a complete list of all essential businesses that will remain open: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business
People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules. The RPEC Council Office is currently closed until March 31st, we expect to provide an update to that closure in the coming days. RPEC staff will continue to work remotely while the office is closed. They can be reached via email or voicemail. We will continue to provide the latest updates on our website and Facebook page.
We encourage all members to abide by this order and do what they can to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthly.