Friday May 1st Governor Inslee presented the details and thinking behind the new extensions of his Stay Home Stay Healthy order to begin on Monday May 4, 2020 referring to the shift as “starting our Careful Phase”. He outlined how WA businesses will reopen in 4 phases (see PhasedReopeningChart) Several smaller counties will be able to apply to the Department of Health (DOH) for a variance of the order to continue with some other operations.
The Governor emphasized that ALL of WA needs to realize we have not won the fight against Covid. “Many businesses have to stay closed. This new Order extends through 5/31 and I cannot tell you we will be free-to-go on June 1. We have to adapt and allow based upon facts and considerations.”
Governor Inslee explained that the DOH & Institute for Disease are closely monitoring the situation, and though the transmission rate for central Puget Sound is down, we must remain cautious & well informed. “Reduction in King County would not remain if we abandoned our social distancing habits.”
Addressing all families of the over 800 people who were lost to Covid-19, the Governor assure them their loved ones will never be just a number. “Some argue that this is over-exaggerated and to those I ask them to consider what it is like to lose a loved one. 6 weeks ago we didn’t know anything about this and now US have lost more than in Vietnam. There is no economic health without public health.“
- Modifications to construction and fishing,
- mid-May retail curbside pick-up,
- car-washes and auto sales,
- more outdoor activities but still ban on large gatherings. “Even those where you THINK you can be socially distant.”