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Gov. Inslee’s order requires businesses to establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by OSHA.
The proclamation mandates ceasing participating in ANY public or private gathering and multi-person activities until at least May 31, 2020.
If you have concerns about a violation the Governor’s proclamation, you can visit http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/2668/Noncompliance and fill out the form.
Gov. Inslee declared a State of Emergency in Washington State. According to RCW 43.06.220 State of Emergency—Powers of governor pursuant to proclamation (https://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=43.06.220), any person who willfully violates any provisions of an order issued by the governor is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
The new CDC guidance is to avoid social visits for now.
Find other ways to socialize with friends and family. Consider Facetime or video chat, write a letter to your grandparent, or text your best friend. Call your family and check-in more regularly to see how they are doing. It is important to socialize with other people and technology can help you do that safely.
We advise you to limit the amount of time you leave your home. If you leave, follow these suggestions to limit your exposure to illness:
Remember, the safest way to avoid illness is to reduce exposure. Send one person to do the shopping for your household. Offer to shop for elderly or immune compromised.
No, the gathering ban doesn’t include grocery stores or pharmacies. Remember to use public health and social distancing guidance when shopping.
Please only buy what your family needs for a week. It is important to remember that many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high – especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products. Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock.
As of May 5, 2020, the following outdoor activities are reopening with appropriate safety precautions:
Visitor centers, camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed lands will remain closed. There will be limited access at restrooms, WDFW recommends people bring their own hand washing material, toilet paper, and masks or bandanas.
State borders are not closing. However, the proclamation mandates only leaving your home for essential errands and exercise. This does not mean travelling outside your local area, if at all possible.