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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order on March 23. The order requires all Washington residents to stay at home, except when:

  • Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
  • Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.

    What’s open:

    • All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains and other things necessary for continued operations will remain open.

      What’s prohibited:

      • Effective immediately: All gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are prohibited. This applies to both private and public gatherings which include everything from sleepovers for children to weddings and funerals. All of these type of events must be postponed for public health and safety.
      • Effective March 26: All businesses, except for essential businesses. Businesses that can operate using telework should continue to do so. For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the governor’s office will provide guidance on what businesses are essential, building on the federal government’s and California’s definition of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. If a business believes that it is essential, or if it is an entity providing essential services or functions, they will be able to request designation as an essential business. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.

        Learn more: For more information about this order and other statewide social distancing rules in effect, go to


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