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Inslee orders Washingtonians to stay home

Gov. Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA — To protect Washingtonians from COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order Monday.

Effective immediately, all Washingtonians must stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity.  Those essential activities include: grocery shopping, doctor appointments and essential work duty.

All non-essential businesses must close within 48 hours.  The governor’s office will provide guidance on what businesses are essential.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential businesses will remain open. Restaurants can continue to offer take-out and delivery service.

“You can still go outside. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Garden,” Insles said.  “But you must remain six feet away from everyone at all times.”

Inslee said his order is enforceable by law, but the legal penalties are not what should convince people to follow these orders.

“The real penalty may be the loss of a loved one to COVID-19. There are 110 Washington families who can tell you what the pain of that loss feels like,” he said.  “More people staying home means fewer people get COVID-19.  That will save lives.”

Inslee said no one should make a run on the grocery stores to overstock, but encouraged everyone to maintain normal shopping habits to avoid the problem of empty shelves.

More information on Inslee’s proclamation can be found at:


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