Washington: Stay at Home Order Extended

The state of Washington is now under an extended stay at home order.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced an extension of his emergency stay-home order through May 4 to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.

Thursday’s announcement extends by nearly a month Inslee’s order that closed thousands of businesses, public schools and much of  society as the state continues to battle cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The extension means the entire stay-home order will remain in effect a full six weeks, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 4. That makes Tuesday, May 5, the first day for businesses and other activities to open.

In a news conference, Inslee said that “the fastest way to economic recovery is for a recovery of our health, which is fundamental to all we hold dear.”

“To save lives, to rescue Washington’s economy, we’ve got to preserve lives and defeat this virus,” he added later.

In a statement, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, and chief Senate Republican budget writer, called the governor’s move a “sound decision.”

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