Governor Inslee Extends Stay Home Order Through May 4
Apr 3, 2020 – On April 2, Governor Inslee announced a month-long extension to his current “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order designed to continue slowing the spread of the coronavirus outbreak across Washington State. The order extends the ban on all gatherings and keeps non-essential businesses shuttered through May 4.
Businesses considered essential during this period are allowed to remain open (with appropriate protective measures) and include the following: emergency services, childcare, supermarkets, pharmacies, groceries, pet supply, transportation, automotive and bicycle repair, financial services, and local government. This is not an exhaustive list.
The Governor’s extended ban still allows take-out meals, food delivery, and drive-thru food/beverage services - please continue to support your favorite local restaurants and other MI businesses.
Exercise and other outdoor activities are considered critical for their physical and mental benefits; therefore pursuits such as walking, gardening, bicycle rides, dog-walking are all permitted as long as 6 feet of social distancing is maintained. No group activities are permitted, such as basketball games, fitness clubs, or soccer practice, even if pursued outdoors.
Most residential and commercial construction (with a few exceptions) remains prohibited by the Governor’s Order, and City staff are actively reaching out to the building community to encourage compliance. Residents who believe that construction activity is in violation of the Governor’s order should first review the list of exemptions, and then call the City’s coronavirus hotline (206-275-7626) to report the work and have it investigated.
“We understand the significant financial and psychological toll that this unprecedented outbreak is having on our community,” said City Manager Jessi Bon. “We’ve implemented a number of measures to help residents and business owners during this time, and we’re working on even more.” The City has gathered extensive information about support available to businesses, and about community health and well being services, on its frequently updated coronavirus website. Residents are also urged to call the City’s hotline with any questions: 206-275-7626, or Email Coronavirus@mercergov.org
Public Health officials remind us all that we should:
- Stay at home and avoid all non-essential contact with others (exercise outside is OK)
- Limit trips for groceries, gas and other essentials
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times if you must go out (and wearing a non-medical or homemade cloth mask might help limit the spread of COVID-19)
What we do as a community will help protect us all.
Let’s continue our efforts to stay at home and slow the spread of the virus.