Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Each day brings new challenges and new questions as we face a temporary new reality in the light of COVID-19. I know, the last thing you need is another voice telling you to “wash your hands”; you want meaningful information. I hope the web links throughout this newsletter will make it easier for you to access the “official” information. Admittedly, some of it is not perfectly clear or may not cover your specific situation but it is the best guidance we have at this time.
Our friends, families and communities have all been impacted in varying ways. And although we may not know what lies just around the corner, this is a time for prudence and caution, not a time for fear. I continue to stand amazed and in awe of our community. Each of you have helped your friends, neighbors and complete strangers, which is a testament to our ongoing resiliency in these unprecedented times.
We are bombarded with new information every day and while I know that can cause concern, please be assure that government officials at every level are making sure that the health of every Washington resident remains a top priority. On Monday, Governor Inslee issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Here is what that means:
- This order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home for two weeks (until April 7), unless they are pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment, caring for a loved one or going to work at an essential business.
- The order bans all gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes. This applies to both public and private gatherings, including weddings and funerals.