OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that he will let the statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order expire Sunday night and that the state will move to a “Safe Start” county-by-county phased reopening approach on Monday.
Under the “Safe Start” plan, each county will start Monday in their current phase. However, individual counties will be able to apply to the secretary of health to move between the phases or add new business activities.
Inslee said applications must be submitted by a county executive. If a county does not have a county executive, it must be submitted with the approval of the County Council/Commission.
Inslee said the secretary of health will evaluate each application based on how their data compares to certain targets (see below).
An individual county’s ability to respond to outbreaks, increased deaths, health system capacity and other factors will also be considered, Inslee said.
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Health care system readiness
Case and contact investigations
Protecting high-risk populations
Inslee noted the targets are not to be intended as hard-lined measures and said if one target is not fully achieved, actions taken with a different target may offset the overall risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The “Safe Start” plan also allows the secretary of health to approve a county to move in whole to the next phase or to only approve certain activities in the next phase.
Counties that will remain in phase 1 Monday also have the ability to apply to move into a “modified” phase 1 approach.
The modified phase 1 approach would include the following phase 2 activities with specific requirements:
Recreation and fitness: Only allowed outdoor with five (not including the instructor) or fewer people outside of household
Gatherings: Only allowed outdoor of five or fewer people outside the household
Additional construction: As outlined in phase 2 guidance.
Manufacturing operations: As outlined in phase 2 guidance.
Real estate: 25% of building occupancy. Indoor services limited to 30 minutes.
In-store retail: 15% of building occupancy. Indoor services limited to 30 minutes.
Personal services: 25% of building occupancy.
Professional services: 25% of building occupancy.
Indoor services: limited to 30 minutes for customers
Photography: As outlined in phase 2 guidance.
Pet grooming: 25% of building occupancy.
Restaurants: No indoor dining allowing. Outdoor dining is permitted but seating at 50% of existing outdoor capacity.
Under the “Safe Start” plan, counties that have been in Phase 2 for at least three weeks can apply to move (in whole or in part) can also apply to move to phase 3.
The applications must also be submitted to the secretary of health by a county executive. If a county does not have a county executive, it must be submitted with the approval of the County Council/Commission.
The earliest any counties could move to phase 3 would be Wednesday.
Under the “Safe Start” plan, counties can identify when they need to return to an earlier phase by submitting a rational and relevant data to the secretary of health.
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