On February 29, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the governor issued other orders limiting public meetings and closing many stores. On July 30, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation of state monitoring efforts and data protection. Proclamation 20-64 frees the personal data collected by the COVID-19 investigators from disclosure. The proclamation does not provide additional exceptions for employees or volunteers who track contacts, as the Public Registers Act already excludes many types of personal information about public employees and volunteers. The Governor is the sole authority to issue and extend emergency declarations in accordance with RCW 43.06.220 (1), which includes "other activities, as he reasonably considers that it should be prohibited to live, maintain and preserve peace, health, property or public peace." The proclamation "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" 20-25 (March 23) and Proclamation 20-25.1 (April 2), which extended the initial order until 23:59 on May 4, were both published under RCW 43.06.220 (1). Governor Inslee also issued an emergency declaration to extend the government`s policy to help workers and businesses financially affected by covid-19. These rules increase the flexibility of the unemployment insurance programme and help to reduce the burden of temporary redundancies, isolation and quarantine by ensuring that people whose employment has been directly affected by COVID-19 can benefit from unemployment benefits. On August 31, Governor Inslee announced that nearly $190 million in public economic recovery assistance will be allocated to local governments that have not received direct distribution under the CARES Act. 20-26.1: Liquor and Cannabis Board Late Payment Waivers (Original Order) Governor Inslee also announced national measures to meet business needs and halted the progress of the counties in the next phase of the Secure start-up plan. It is important that companies that do not comply with the national land cover order are not allowed to serve their customers. Governor Inslee also announced 20-28.6, the suspension of certain requirements under the Open Public Meeting Act and the Public Registration Act until July 7 and Proclamation 20-33.7, which extended a visitation order and remediation services of the Ministry of Children, Adolescents and Families.
On August 13, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a 20-67 proclamation that sets the parameters for Washington`s COVID-19 food production program. The proclamation will take effect on August 18, 2020. The program provides a $3 million fund to help food industry workers who are unable to get leave through the First Coronavirus Response Act. Updated instructions on "Stay Home, Stay Healthy," including instructions on key employees and authorized leisure activities. The Centers for Medicare – Medicaid Services (CMS) has voted washington`s request for an exemption of 1135 Medicaid. The authorized waiver allows Washington to provide flexibility in the verification of Medicaid providers, not to conduct certain pre-screening screenings and annual territorial audit assessments, to remove pre-authorization requirements, to allow reimbursement facilities in other environments, to extend fair consultation times, and to waive public comments and tribal consultation requirements regarding certain changes to the Medicaid plan. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order expired on May 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Governor Inslee announced that the state would move on to launch the safe start – the reopening of Washington.
With effect on June 1, counties can submit a request to the secretary of the Washington Department of Health to move on to the next phase. Applications are evaluated on the basis of a county`s ability to meet target metrics and are considered holistically in their availability and responsiveness.