Stay home to protect your family and the community.
COVID-19 is widespread and classified as a global pandemic. We need to work together to decrease the spread.
Gov. Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for Washington on March 23.
You must stay home unless you need necessary supplies like:
- Medical care.
People who provide essential services are exempt:
- First responders.
- Healthcare workers.
- Childcare centers.
- Law enforcement.
- Public works.
- Garbage pickup.
Most businesses must close. Essential services can stay open, including:
- Grocery stores.
- Gas stations.
- Restaurants—takeout and delivery only.
This doesn’t mean you should stay home all day, every day. It’s still OK to go for a walk or a run, and you should get outside regularly for your health. When you do, make sure to stay at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.
If you need non-urgent medical care, it’s best to use virtual care if you can. MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health System are offering free virtual visits to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy is a necessary step to slow the spread of COVID-19. It will ensure people stay put and protect the critical infrastructure we depend on. Staying home is the best thing you can do to protect yourself, others and those who are most vulnerable.
Are we allowed to go outside?
Stay Home, Stay Healthy doesn’t mean you must stay at home 24/7. We encourage you to get outside and exercise if you maintain social distancing. Stay 6 feet away from people not in your family/household.
Can restaurants still provide takeout and delivery?
Yes, you can still order food delivery and takeout. Restaurants should continue to follow standard food safety practices and keep dining rooms closed. We encourage restaurants to operate with fewer employees, if possible, to make social distancing easier.
How long do we have to follow the stay home, stay healthy order?
The order is in effect until May 4.
I have a medical appointment. Can I still go?
We recommend you contact your provider for guidance. Governor Inslee banned non-emergency services and elective procedures. Regularly scheduled checkups may be canceled or postponed. This applies to most hospitals, surgery centers and dental, orthodontic and endodontic centers in the state. It doesn’t apply to patients with emergency medical issues. Emergency and urgent care is still available.
We urge anyone needing non-urgent medical care to use virtual care options, if able. MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health System offer free virtual visits to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
What businesses will remain open?
Essential services like healthcare facilities, emergency services, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, childcare centers, law enforcement and critical government services will continue to operate.
What does the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order mean?
Stay Home, Stay Healthy means residents must stay home except to get supplies and services like food, medicine or medical care.
All non-essential businesses must close. Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and restaurants may remain open. Restaurants and bars may only provide takeout and delivery.
What if a business doesn’t comply with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order?
Who does this order apply to?
Stay Home, Stay Healthy applies to everyone. Exceptions include essential work that can’t be performed remotely: emergency services, healthcare, childcare centers, law enforcement, public works, grocery stores, gas stations and garbage pickup.
Why is this order in effect?
The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is a necessary step to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order will ensure residents stay put and ensure we protect our critical infrastructure, like the hospital system, so it is available for those whose lives literally depend on this resource.
Staying home as much as possible is the safest thing you can do to protect not just ourselves and the most vulnerable populations like the elderly and immune-compromised.