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Washington governor issues ‘stay home, stay healthy’ order to slow spread of COVID-19

Gov. Jay Inslee provides an tackle Monday night, ordering residents to remain at dwelling amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo through Gov. Jay Inslee/Medium)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered all residents besides important employees to remain at dwelling for at the least two weeks, the strictest measure to fight the COVID-19 outbreak within the state thus far.
The ordinance applies to all gatherings, together with weddings and funerals. Non-essential companies that may’t function by telecommuting should shut inside 48 hours. Businesses can ask the state for important standing to stay open. Washingtonians are nonetheless allowed to go for walks and spend time exterior so long as they keep six toes away from different folks.
Inslee has been reluctant to problem such an order, at the same time as California, New York, and different jurisdictions did. He mentioned throughout an tackle Monday, “we’ve been considerate and deliberate in making these very powerful decisions … however folks nonetheless aren’t training these precautions and that is likely one of the causes we now have to take these steps.”
The order doesn’t apply to emergency companies, manufacturing, meals and agriculture, transportation, or monetary companies. Grocery shops, pharmacies, and meals supply companies will stay open, as will hashish, liquor, and comfort shops. Inslee mentioned he expects voluntary participation however pressured that the ordinance, “is enforceable by regulation.”

The newest numbers from the Washington Department of Health reveal 2,221 folks have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and 110 folks have died from the virus within the state. The coronavirus is spreading quickly throughout the U.S., with Washington state among the many hardest hit.

Effective instantly, all Washingtonians should keep dwelling except they’re pursuing an important exercise.
Those embrace:
➡️ Grocery buying
➡️ Doctor appointments
➡️ Essential work responsibility
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) March 24, 2020
The pandemic is roiling monetary markets, shuttering small companies, slashing gig economic system employees’ revenue, and forcing startups to make powerful selections.
Hours earlier than Inslee’s press convention, the Seattle-based digital hashish model Leafly introduced 91 layoffs. The firm has minimize greater than half of its workers this yr.
Boeing started shutting down operations within the Seattle space on Monday following the dying of an worker because of the virus.
Last week, The Pacific Science Center let greater than 300 folks go. Meanwhile, co-working startup The Riveter and clothes rental service Armoire are utilizing a Washington state coverage that lets corporations put workers on a brief layoff, which permits employees to gather unemployment advantages with the expectation to return to work.

Washington @GovInslee quoted a Walt Whitman poem on the conclusion of his tackle this night, issuing the state's new “Stay Home” order. Here's the total passage.https://t.co/QRDADchaYC https://t.co/LnZO8BzGBV pic.twitter.com/S1kufA13Q2
— GeekWire (@geekwire) March 24, 2020
Washington has seen some success in decreasing residents’ motion by closing eating places, bars, and leisure amenities. Large employers within the state — like Microsoft and Amazon — in addition to smaller corporations are asking all workers who can telecommute to take action. But cities below shelter at dwelling orders, like San Francisco and New York, have seen a sharper lower in exercise than Seattle.
“I make this tough alternative understanding it’s going to add to the financial and household hardship many in our state are already feeling as we attempt to sluggish and switch again this pandemic … we wish to get again to regular as quickly as attainable,” Inslee mentioned.

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