On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a statewide proclamation titled a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order as part of the State of Washington’s efforts to prevent the further spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the state. The Order is to be in place for two weeks; from March 25, 2020 (Midnight) until April 8, 2020 (but it may be extended). Under the terms this proclamation:
- Every Washington Resident will be required to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
- All gatherings for social, spiritual, and other purposes are banned.
- All businesses, except “Essential Businesses” are to be closed (effective 03-23-2020 at Midnight).
The Order builds on the previous orders that have been issued to combat the spread of COVID-19; but the Order and related advisory documents provide exceptions and additional guidance that should be reviewed carefully by business owners.
Possinger Law Group is Open
For purposes of this current order, Possinger Law Group is considered an “Essential Business” All of our staff continue to work work remotely, in the manner we have been since Monday, March 23, 2020.
Impact on Washington Businesses:
Does your Business qualify as an Essential Business under the “Essential Workers” Exceptions List?
If it’s not clear whether your business qualifies as an “Essential Business”, please contact us right away and we can provide guidance in this determination. Furthermore, you should know that businesses can request a special designation as an “essential business” if they have not been so designated in the existing list.
What should you know if your business is covered by the “Essential Business” exceptions?
If your business falls into one of the “Essential Business” categories, consider contacting your attorney for guidance on how best to continue operating under these conditions, and to comply with on-going regulations for business that continue to operate. We can provide specific recommendations, including preparation of a letter for your employees to use while they are outside of their home or business (traveling by car, bus, bike, on foot, etc.) that justifies their purpose for being outside or working during this time. We can also help draft internal communications for distribution to your employees that relate to continued operations under this order.
What should you know if your business is considered a “Non-Essential Business”?
We can also provide specific recommendations for Non-Essential Businesses for continuing limited operations, while also coping with employees who can no longer work at the place of business and/or who are forced to work remotely; or may need to be furloughed or let go.
Contact Possinger Law Group
Our firm is here to help you navigate these uncharted waters and unprecedented environment. Contact your Possinger Law Group attorney or call us at 206-512-8030.