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Law enforcement is not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance. Law enforcement’s primary role is to help educate people about how to comply with orders to not gather together, to stay at home, and other restrictions.
The “Stay at Home” order is like other laws in that they work because people agree with the rationale and see it as a legitimate and sensible way to keep people safe. Our communities have shown they understand the severity of the situation and are doing all they can already to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy.
State borders are not closing. However, the Governor’s proclamation prohibits all people in Washington State from leaving their homes or participating in social, spiritual and recreational gatherings of any kind regardless of the number of participants; except for certain activities such as employment in essential businesses, seeking medical care, obtaining groceries or caring for elderly, minors or persons with disabilities or others who are vulnerable. Getting regular exercise is also encouraged so long as social distancing is practiced.
“Essential” business workers do NOT need a pass or letter to commute to and from their workplace. No travel permits are required at this time.