Governor Inslee Orders

(as of March 26, 2020)

Last evening, Governor Inslee issued further guidance to construction employers regarding his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order.



(as of March 24, 2020)

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order.  The Order can be found here.

In short, the Order requires all Washingtonians to stay at home, except for people:

  • Pursuing an essential activity, such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, etc.;
  • Going to work at an essential business;
  • Getting takeout food (food deliveries are permitted);
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, so long social distancing of six feet is maintained

Essential businesses are listed here.  It is very fact specific as to whether certain industries / businesses are covered.  If a business believes that it is essential, or if it is an entity providing essential services or functions, they will be able to request designation as an essential business by emailing:


(as of March 20, 2020)

Governor announces two-week closure of all restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities (through March 31, 2020)

On March 16, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an emergency proclamation mandating a two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities.  This proclamation also expanded additional limits on large gatherings.  The new order is in effect through March 31, 2020.

We have received a number of questions as to what constitutes a gathering.  Here is a chart from the Governor’s office.

This two-week ban applies to any food or beverage services, regardless of location, that provides or allows on-site consumption.  Take out, delivery and drive-thru food and beverage services are not banned under this proclamation.

The ban does not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies.


(For a listing of all of Governor Inslee’s proclamations related to COVID-19 and otherwise go here.)

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