Governor's Stay Home - Stay Healthy order extended to May 4; More guidance issued

Governor Jay Inslee has extended the Stay Home - Stay Healthy order until May 4, 2020. The order was set to expire April 6. He said the order has so far reduced contact by 80 percent.  He said that means people will be alive on July 4th who would not have been if the Stay Home - Stay Healthy hadn't been followed by Washingtonians. 

In a press conference April 2, Inslee said, "Washingtonians: thank you for staying home. I’m proud of our efforts as a state. But we have an obligation to ourselves and our loved ones to recognize the hard road ahead. So tonight I’m extending the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order for one month. 

"Here’s why we’re doing this: The steps we have taken are working. But we have yet to see the full toll of this virus. We will not sacrifice the lives of Washingtonians by ending these measures too soon. I do not make this decision lightly. Through no fault of their own, more Washingtonians will be in a financially-perilous position because of it. We must find ways to support them

"I have used my emergency powers to:

- increase unemployment insurance access

- prohibit evictions for not paying rent 

- provide utility ratepayer assistance

- make tax payment flexible

"And we will work to ease the burden this has caused.

"The only way to return to our way of life and rebuild our economy in WA is to defeat this virus. That is why we must continue to stay home and stay healthy. This order does not add any additional restrictions. It is simply an extension of the stay home order we put in place last week.

"We do not accept preventable death in Washington. Thanks to the commitment of individuals, families, business, labor and communities across the state, we are setting the bar and saving lives. We are with you every step of the way."

Inslee said he will be vetoing some bills Friday April 3, 2020 in an effort to reduce the budget in light of the anticipated loss of revenue. 

Inslee issued more guidance on Tuesday, March 31 relating to retail stores, nannies, automobile repairs and sales, fishing, outdoor maintenance and more. PDF

EDITOR's NOTE: The date has been corrected to May 4. Our apologies for the error. 



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