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Governor's "Stay at Home Order"-What Does It Mean?

Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by Andrew Charles Huff

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued an Executive Order directing state residents to stay at home for both work and play while we move forward in battling the Coronavirus. The Governor’s Order mandates all residents to stay home, except for those working in “critical and essential services” needed to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians. The governor’s order takes effect today (Wednesday) and is set to last for two weeks.

The theme behind the essential jobs is that they directly or indirectly support what is considered critical infrastructure. Health care and public health workers are on the front lines in this crisis and their jobs are considered critical during this time.

Others considered “essential workforce” include law enforcement and first responders, public works, food and agriculture, energy, water and waste water, transportation and logistics, communications and information technology, community-based government operations, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, chemical, financial services and the defense industrial base.

What’s not considered “critical” and omitted from the governor’s order are jobs in the leisure and recreational markets, those are jobs associated with gyms, spas, casino, shopping malls, sports arena and outdoor recreation.

Here is a brief list of those jobs in work areas considered “essential”:

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTHLAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY AND FIRST RESPONDERSPUBLIC WORKSFOOD AND AGRICULTURE ENERGY WORKERS AND PROVIDERSWATER AND WASTEWATER TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICSOTHER COMMUNITY-BASED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS• This sector includes the state and local courts, elections personnel and workers who maintain digital infrastructure supporting other critical government operations.
FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Governor’s Order is not a “Shelter in Place” requirement which essentially mandates people stay in their homes aside from essential requirements. Governor Inslee’s Order is less strict and allows many exceptions to leave your house. The goal is to prevent people from gathering together in public places and potentially passing along the Coronavirus.

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