Stay Home order extended with a phased reopening
April 29, 2020
Governor Jay Inslee announced May 1 that on Monday, May 4, he sign an order extending the Stay Home Order through May 31.
The governor also laid out his plan to reopen the state in a phased manner. The phased reopening will consist of four phases. There is no set amount of time between each phase; instead, each will be based on certain criteria. The criteria used to move to the next phase will include: disease status; risk to vulnerable populations; testing capacity and availability; ability to investigate and isolate those with the disease; and healthcare readiness, including the accessibility of personal protective equipment (PPE). In order for businesses to reopen within their appropriate phase, they will have met certain requirements, including safety protocols and a reduction in the amount of people allowed in the facility. Guidelines are still being developed, and more information will be given as soon as it is available. Every phase will still include physical distancing and health precautions such as wearing PPE.
Phase 1, which is currently in effect, has recently added some outdoor recreation opportunities, existing construction businesses, and non-emergency surgeries. In the coming weeks, Phase 1 will also allow the opening of businesses including automobile sales, car washes, retail stores with curbside pickup only, landscaping, and spiritual services with drive-in options only. These will not all open right away, as the guidelines are still being addressed and will need to be implemented before they can open.
Keep in mind the extended stay-at-home order will continue the ban on gatherings. As businesses and opportunities begin to open, the Emergency Operations Centers of Klickitat County asks that all county residents maintain their physical distance, stay home as much as possible, stay home if you are sick, and wear a mask when in public.
For additional detailed information on the phased approach, go to the links below: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/PhasedReopeningChart.pdf