This information is from King County Public Health and the state's Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) website. It looked like it would be helpful for folks staying home with their kids.
On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a Stay Home — Stay Healthy order which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. The order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:
Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment. What’s opened and closed
Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
Going to work at an essential business.
Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as they keep 6 feet apart.
What does it mean to stay home?
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a Stay Home - Stay Healthy order for the next two weeks at least, mandating that everyone in Washington to stay home. Many families have already begun to practice this, and some families still need to go to work at an essential business. The COVID-19 pandemic calls on our whole community to think creatively about how to meet everyone’s basic needs and maintain social connections while also blunting the spread of disease.
Here are some guidelines for following the Governor’s order while schools are out. First, a few general rules of thumb:
If your child's sick, separate them from others in your household.
Sick household members should separate from other people and animals and reach out to their healthcare provider with concerns. Read more about what to do if you or your child has COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
Over 60? Have a chronic medical condition? Pregnant? Avoid caring for other people’s kids, and stay away from others whenever possible.
If you fall into one of these high-risk categories, put your own health first. Refrain from taking care of other people’s children if possible. This include your grandkids, nieces and nephews. Read more about precautions that people in high risk categories should take.
If you must leave your home to pursue an essential activity, work at an essential business, go for walks, or get take-out, stay at least 6 feet apart from others. Try to limit these activities whenever possible. Follow the State’s guidelines for what it means to stay home.
Excellent personal hygiene habits go a long way. Teach your kids:
Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
My neighbors and I have been sharing childcare responsibilities. Can we continue doing this?
No. The Stay Home – Stay Healthy order prohibits social gatherings of any kind, including informal childcare and gatherings of children outside the home.
Child care is considered an essential business, and is vital to the families of working parents, especially first responders and health care workers. If you must continue going to work, you can use this resource to find a child care provider for your family.
What about going outdoors?
Outdoor activities are allowed in the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order. Plus, it’s important for kids to get active outside time every day, and research shows daily time outdoors boosts adults’ health and wellbeing. Here are some steps you can take to keep children and adults safe:
Social gatherings are prohibited. If you go outside, you must limit the group to people in your household.
Continue to remain 6 feet apart from others you encounter.
Reinforce frequent handwashing and good hygiene habits among all children and adults.
Repeatedly clean any shared sporting equipment.
Remember that many parks and recreation areas in Seattle and King County are closed to the public.
For more resources about keeping kids healthy and happy during school closures, visit:
Best Start For Kids, We want Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation
Showing Up for our Kids During the Outbreak
A Parenting Guide During COVID-19: Be Kind to Yourself