Gov. extends his order means Memorial Day a bust, 4th of July festivities unlikely

Governor Jay Inslee extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order that was due to expire Monday, May 4 to at least May 31. At a Friday, May 1 press conference he also explained his four-phase plan for reopening Washington State. Phase 1 begins May 5.

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According to Inslee, each phase is expected to last at least three weeks. Everything is subject to the number of infections and deaths. The point of the Governor's order is to flatten the curve.

IF each phase took exactly three weeks that would mean: 

Phase 1 - May 5 through May 25

Phase 2 - May 26 through June 15

Phase 3 - June 16 through July 6

Phase 4 - Beginning July 7

Again this is just what the dates look like now, IF each phase lasted exactly three weeks. 

The Orcas Island Chamber canceled its 4th of July Fireworks in April. Lopez and San Juan Island Chambers of Commerce are planning on making their decision about Independence Day festivities this coming week.  

At the press conference Inslee said counties could ask for a waiver.

San Juan County hasn't recorded a new positive COVID-19 test result since April 16. San Juan County Council will hear an update from the county's Emergency  Operations Center during its regular council meeting on May 5.

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  • Julie
    Julie Saturday, 02 May 2020 10:35 Comment Link

    You need to open back up your community to tourism if you want to survive financially. I think many of your shops, and their employees, will not survive a summer closed up.

    "Open, open, open".

  • Dave M
    Dave M Saturday, 02 May 2020 06:41 Comment Link

    Stay home, stay healthy but collapse the local economy. At some point we will have to leave our homes and resume life. Another month of closures will ensure that many small businesses are closed for good when we do come out of hiding. It’s time for those individuals that are not high risk for COVID-19 to get back to what is left of normal life. Governor Inslee is not helping at this point.


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