Washington Enacts Stay-at-Home Order, Social Bans Include Weddings and Funerals

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Take care of each other Seattle. Karen Ducey Stringer

The order also means that only essential businesses can remain open.

All businesses other than those deemed essential - a long list that includes grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations - will need to close by Wednesday night.

Bans on gatherings and going out take effect immediately.

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Industries that can argue they are essential can request a special designation as an essential business.

"It will ban ALL gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes".

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The proclamation states it's still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. This includes weddings, funerals, and other meaningful gatherings. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the US, with Washington state among the hardest hit.

At least 146 nursing homes across 27 states have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, Verma said. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus.

Inslee said it's crucial to reduce social interactions where this highly contagious virus can spread. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. Inslee asked that people avoid the impulse to overstock, saying that if everyone sticks to normal buying habits stores will have enough for everyone.

On Monday, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said its inspectors have cited the Kirkland facility for "immediate jeopardy", or a situation in which residents are in immediate danger.

Inslee's directive expands previous actions he took last week that ordered the statewide closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities, and banned large gatherings. State and local leaders have continued to urge people to stay at home and practice social distancing, but not everyone is following the advice.

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The latest numbers from the Washington Department of Health reveal 2,221 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 110 people have died from the virus in the state.

Earlier Monday, the state's largest private employer, The Boeing Co., announced it will be shutting down its assembly lines in the Northwest to protect its workers. In a written statement, Inslee said he applauded Boeing's decision "to implement an orderly shutdown and continue to pay its workers during this hard time". "I would rather get caught up and say to the workers, businesses and broader economy, 'This is how we're going forward, ' rather than use terms like lockdown and shutdown that, in my opinion, would create more confusion rather than less".

News releases issued by the Health Department as well as Whatcom Unified Command COVID-19 are available on the new website.

President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a major disaster declaration for Washington and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the outbreak.

That man, in his 80s, had been a resident at the center. The Bellingham Herald reports 23 of the new cases were residents while six were Shuksan employees.

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