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Governor Inslee issues COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order in an attempt to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Washington State. This is to last for two weeks – from March 25, 2020 until April 8, 2020 – but it may be extended. This proclamation will:
- Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
- Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
- Close all businesses except essential businesses.
All businesses have been ordered to be shut, unless they can be operated on a “work from home” basis, or have been identified as essential. To that end, the Governor issued a list of of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”.
PRK Livengood is open.
For purposes of this order, PRK Livengood falls under the “Essential Workers” exception. All of our attorneys will continue working remotely, in the streamlined manner they have been since March 17th.
Does your company qualify as an Essential Business because of the “Essential Workers” exception?
If it’s not clear whether your company qualifies as an “essential business”, please contact us and we can provide guidance in this determination. In addition, you should know that businesses can request a special designation as an essential business if they have not been so designated in the existing “Essential Workers” list.
What you should know if your company is covered by the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” exception.
If your business falls into one of the “Essential Workers” categories, consider contacting one of our attorneys for guidance on how best to continue operating under these conditions. They will provide specific recommendations, including preparation of a letter for your employees to use while they are outside of their home or business (traveling by car, bus, bike, on foot, etc.) that justifies their purpose for being outside or working during this time. We will also help draft internal communications for distribution to your employees.
What you should know if your company is a not considered an “essential business.”
PRK Livengood attorneys can also provide specific recommendations for non-essential businesses on continuing limited operations, while also coping with employees who can no longer work at the place of business and/or who are forced to work remotely and may need to be furloughed or let go.
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