Friends, neighbors –
On Monday evening March 23, Governor Inslee signed a two-week “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation in Washington state, similar to orders you may have heard about in other states that are also battling coronavirus outbreaks. This decision was not made lightly — it is essential to our ability to control the virus and prevent the number of cases from overwhelming our healthcare system. Here’s what yesterday’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order means:
We are ALLOWED to:
- Leave the house for essential activities, like grocery shopping and medical care.
- Get takeout food from your favorite local restaurants.
- Go to work at an essential business, like post offices and pharmacies.
With modifications, we are ALLOWED to:
- Go outside for walks and exercise (because taking care of your mental and physical health, and the health of your furry friend, is absolutely an essential activity!) – as long as you stay six feet away from others.
We are NOT ALLOWED to:
- Gather in groups for social, spiritual, and recreational purposes.
- Host or join in-person visits with family and friends.
- Camp on state lands.
- Go to work at a non-essential business beginning TOMORROW March 26th.
These measures are so crucial for protecting health care workers, first responders, and current patients. We’ll be able to slow the spread of the virus so that everyone can give and receive the health care they need, with an adequate amount of supplies – like personal protective equipment and ventilators – available for that care. I know it’s tough to stay home so much more than we’re used to, but staying home is about staying healthy – and keeping others healthy, too! I have been so encouraged and inspired by the way our community members have banded together to help each other through this, and I know we’ll continue to rise to the occasion.
All my best,
P.S. If you have questions or information about donations of much needed PPE (personal protective equipment) for health care workers who are in short supply, please email PPEDonation@des.wa.gov. You can find a list of needed items here.