Stay home FAQ

Stay Home, Stay Healthy:

On April 2, Governor Jay Inslee extended the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order through May 4, requiring every Washington resident to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. The proclamation also bans all social, spiritual and recreational gatherings, and closes all non-essential businesses. The order extension did not not 

Learn more about what this means for Washington residents and businesses, and find a list of essential business.

See Washington State’s FAQ for more information about staying home.

About Mayor Franklin’s "Stay Home" mayoral directive:

Mayor Cassie Franklin issued a mayoral directive on March 20 directing all city of Everett residents and business owners to stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business, government services or public infrastructure. Everett residents and business owners are directed to stay home and limit all non-essential activities and interactions with others outside the home. If you do leave your home for essential activities, or if you go to work for essential business, follow social distancing practices. Read the full mayoral directive here.

Why are we doing this? 

On January 21, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was reported in the city of Everett. Since then the virus has spread to throughout the nation and Snohomish County has seen a significant increase in confirmed cases. There are more than 1,400 confirmed and probable cases in Snohomish County alone and 41 deaths. Statewide, there are thousands more confirmed cases and hundreds more deaths. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily transmitted, especially in group settings. Preventing the further spread of this disease hinges on every person in Everett reducing their interactions with others, especially those beyond their immediate household. Limiting interactions with others while enabling essential services to continue is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and limiting its exposure to vulnerable demographics. It’s essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. 

Now is the time to take bold action and do everything we can as a community. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Everett to do their part and to act immediately to slow the spread of this virus. 

How long do I have to stay home? 

Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is in effect through at least May 4.  It could be in place longer than that. 

What can I do?  

Limit your travel and interactions outside the home and only participate in what is essential. Essential activities include: 

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety like going to the pharmacy or doctor’s office.
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for you, your family, pets or household members, such as food and supplies necessary for staying at home.
  • Going to work at an essential business or work from home.
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, running, or walking your dog, provided you maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from others and avoid groups and crowds.
  • Caring for a family member in another household, elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons. 
  • Connect with friends and family outside the home by phone, email, social media or other digital platform, instead of seeing them in person.

 What can’t I do? 

  • Don’t engage in group activities with others 
  • Don’t have all your friends over. Limit your interactions to your immediate household, or engage with others digitally 
  • Don’t go shopping for non-essential goods 
  • Don’t buy more food and supplies than you need when you go shopping; save some for your neighbors
  • Don’t take unnecessary trips outside your home

I still have questions about what I can and can’t do.

See the State’s FAQ about what it means to stay home.

Is this mandatory? 

Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is mandatory by law.

Where does the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order apply? 

Governor Jay Inslee’s order applies to the entire state of Washington, including all of Everett and Snohomish County.

What if I see someone violating the governor’s order?

The governor’s order does not confine people to their homes and we recognize that people need to go to the doctor, the pharmacy, the grocery store and perform other essential activities like get exercise and go to an essential job. Everett Police would like to remind the public not to call 911 to report violations of the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, social distancing violations, or individuals outside of their homes. Everett Police will not actively seek out individuals failing to comply with the orders solely to charge them with a crime. Our goal is to seek voluntary compliance with the orders to keep residents safe and healthy, and Everett Police will remind and educate those who are not complying, as appropriate. Everett residents may report concerns by e-mail to

What are essential businesses/services and what’s included?  

All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains and other things necessary for continued operations will remain open. Find a full list of essential businesses as defined by Governor Jay Inslee

Some examples of essential businesses include:

  • Health care operations, including all training and educational programs and home health workers
  • Essential infrastructure, including operation of public transportation and utilities. See Governor Inslee’s guidance on construction.
  • Businesses that supply products or services necessary to both maintain the functionality and/or safety of equipment, facilities, utilities, healthcare, national defense, all modes of transportation and critical supply chains used in other essential businesses
  • Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores 
  • Food and beverage providers offering curbside pick up, delivery, take out or drive-thru services 
  • Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities 
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities 
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities 
  • Banks 
  • Garbage collection 
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses 
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning 
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers 
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences 
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work 
  • Roles required for any essential business to "maintain basic operations," which include security, payroll and similar activities 

Visit to find a list of Everett businesses that are offering essential goods and services while practicing safe social distancing, as well as a variety of fun ideas for staying at home. 

Use online City services whenever possible. Essential City services will be operational including and not limited to: 

  • Police stations - closed to the public, but responding to calls 
  • Fire stations – limiting visits from the public, but responding to calls 
  • Everett Animal Shelter services – limiting services and visitors, learn more at 
  • Municipal Court 
  • Transportation (Everett Transit) 
  • Utilities (water) 
  • Certain City offices 

Find an up-to-date list of closed City facilities and services changes.

I own a business and I am not sure if my business is considered "essential." Can you help?

If you own a business and are not sure if it is considered essential, visit the State’s website for a full list of “essential” businesses. Still have questions? Fill out their online form to clarify your status or request inclusion on the list.