Yesterday Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for our state. The order will now continue through May 4 and the curtailments and adjustments we’ve made to City services and operations will continue at least until then, too.
Health and policy experts recommend that to be effective, social distancing strategies must be sustained for an extended period. We still have a long road ahead of us.
When you do leave your home for essentials, the CDC now recommends wearing “cloth face coverings,” especially in settings like grocery stores and pharmacies where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This can be anything from a bandana, scarf or something you sew yourself. We’re working with the County on local distribution sites for those who may not have something at home. We’ll keep you posted once those open.
Once we turn the corner and have transmission rates under control, we can begin lifting some of these restrictions. We can only reach that corner, however, if we all do our part. In the weeks ahead it’s important you continue to practice good, safe care.
By staying home, keeping our distance and following public health recommendations, we can continue to protect our community and slow the spread of this disease. The power to end this is in our hands.