• Inslee extends Safe Start proclamation, eviction moratorium

    July 26, 2020
    Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington's Safe Start Phased Reopening plan.  

    This extension changes guidance and regulations for activities shown to provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, including restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms. 

    Guidance for restaurants/taverns and card rooms are being issued today; the remaining guidance will be issued early next week.

    The proclamation also adopts the updated facial covering order, 20-03.1, issued today by the secretary of Health.

    The proclamation, which is effective until amended or rescinded, is available here

    Read updated guidance for restaurants/taverns here

    Read updated guidance for card rooms here

    Inslee also announced the extension of the eviction moratorium as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. 

    The extension makes modifications to the prior moratorium, including: 
    • Makes minor clarifications to existing restrictions, such as clarifying that law enforcement may serve eviction orders that include findings required by the proclamation; and
    • Creates a workgroup to help inform potential changes to the moratorium in the short-term and the long-term, if needed. The workgroup is specifically asked to consider how future extensions could address options to increase rent. 
    The moratorium is extended through October 15. 
    Read the full proclamation here