State 0f Washington DOE 20-07: Proclamation by the Governor Amending Proclamations 20-05 & 20-06
STATE OF WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
P.O. Box 40002 • Olympia, Washington 98504-0002
(360) 902-4111 • www.governor.wa.gov
PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR
AMENDING PROCLAMATIONS 20-05 AND 20-06
WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, I issued Proclamation 20-05, proclaiming a State of Emergency for all counties throughout the state of Washington as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and confirmed person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in Washington State;
WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, as a result of significant risks from COVID-19 to persons living in congregate care settings, I issued Proclamation 20-06 amending Proclamation 20-05 by prohibiting certain activities and waiving and suspending specified laws and regulations; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, has been confirmed in 9 counties of Washington State resulting in 24 deaths , with significant community spread in King, Pierce , and Snohomish counties; and
WHEREAS, to reduce spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of the virus, including cancellation of large gatherings and social distancing in smaller gatherings; and
WHEREAS, implementation of limitations on large gatherings and use of social distancing prevent initial exposure and secondary transmission to our most vulnerable populations , and are especially important for people who are over 60 years old and those with chronic health conditions due to the higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting epidemic in Washington State continue to threaten the life and health of our people as well as the economy of Washington State, and remains a public disaster affecting life, health, property and the public peace; and
WHEREAS, the DOH continues to maintain a Public Health Incident Management Team in coordination with the State Emergency Operations Center and other supporting state agencies to manage the public health aspects of the incident; and
WHEREAS, the Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division , through the State Emergency Operations Center, continues coordinating resources across state government to support the DOH and local health officials in alleviating the impacts to people , property , and infrastructure , and continues coordinating with the DOH in assessing the impacts and long-term effects of the incident on Washington State and its people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee , Governor of the state of Washington , as a result of the above-noted situation, and under Chapters 38.08, 38.52 and 43.06 RCW, do hereby proclaim that Proclamations 20-05 and 20-06 remain in effect and are amended to impose restrictions on large gatherings in King, Pierce , and Snohomish counties as provided herein , and that a State of Emergency continues to exist in all counties of Washington State. I again direct that the plans and procedures of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented throughout state government. State agencies and departments are directed to continue utilizing state resources and doing everything reasonably possible to support implementation of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 epidemic.
As a result of this event , I continue to order into active state service the organized militia of Washington State to include the National Guard and the State Guard , or such part thereof as may be necessary in the opinion of The Adjutant General to address the circumstances described above, to perform such duties as directed by competent authority of the Washington State Military Department in addressing the outbreak. Additionally, I continue to direct the DOH, the Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division , and other agencies to identify and provide appropriate personnel for conducting necessary and ongoing incident related assessments.
FURTHERMORE, based on the above situation and under the provisions of RCW 43.06.220(l)(b) and RCW 43.06.220(l)(h) , to help preserve and maintain life , health , property or the public peace , I hereby prohibit the following activities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties related to social , spiritual , and recreational gatherings , which restrictions shall remain in effect until midnight on March 31, 2020 , unless extended beyond that date:
Gatherings of 250 people or more for social, spiritual and recreational activities including , but not limited to, community , civic , public , leisure , faith-based , or sporting events ; parades ; concerts; festivals ; conventions ; fundraisers ; and similar activities.
Violators of this of this order may be subject to criminal penalties pursuant to RCW 43.06.220(5).
Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington on this 11th day of March, A.D. , Two Thousand and Twenty at Olympia , Washington.
Jay Ins lee, Governor
BY THE GOVERNOR:
Secretary of State