Washington State Governor Jay Inslee spoke to the public today to announce a stay-at-home order that goes into effect immediately and will last for 2 weeks with the possibility of being extended further.
Inslee used the 15-minute public address to let citizens know he would be signing a statewide order requiring all Washington residents to stay at home, except to accomplish essential activities like buying groceries, seeking medical care or going to work at essential businesses.
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
Getting takeout food (Food deliveries also are permitted)
Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained
“The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” Inslee said.
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Speaking of the order on Medium.com, Inslee said “We’ve been very clear on the need for everyone to stay home. And, while most Washingtonians are doing their part, some still don’t grasp the seriousness of this pandemic.”
This would make Washington the 14th state to institute such a mandate as a result of the COVID-19 disease pandemic.