Rep. Lekanoff is fighting for the rights and safety for all those that call the 40th LD home. She is bringing her voice to the local, state, and national levels to ensure that our communities are protected.
Last week we talked about San Juan County delaying their move into Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” program for reopening our state, on the recommendation of San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James.
Earlier this week at a special meeting, Dr. James recommended the county move into a modified phase 3, and the County Council voted 6-1 in favor of Dr. James’ recommendation. The order was finalized and submitted to the state, and Phase 3 can go into effect as soon as approval is granted.
Here is what Dr. James recommended as San Juan looks to move into Phase 3:
The following be allowed in Phase 3.
- Expanding to 75% capacity in eating establishments. However, these people will still need to wear face coverings at all times when they are not eating and seating will need to place people 6 feet apart.
- Museums and Libraries may open safely.
- Gyms and pools can operate at 50% capacity.
- All other businesses can now open except for night clubs, concert venues and large sporting events and other activities specifically reserved for Phase 4 by the Governor.
- Government services that are customerfacing can also open but will be required to provide those services with masks and distancing like other businesses will be required.
- Other activities will need to be restricted further than allowed for in Phase 3 options:
- Groups up to 50 will only be allowed outdoors only (weddings, sport events, summer camp activities)
These elements of Phase 3 NOT go forward at this time:
- Indoor gatherings of more than 5 people and up to 50 people NOT be allowed.
- Table seating of up to 10 people in an eating establishment will NOT be allowed.
- Bar areas in restaurant and taverns will NOT be allowed to open a 25%.
- Theaters will NOT be allowed to open at 50% capacity.
Counties across the state continue to move forward in under the “Safe Start” program of reopening our businesses and economy. As we discussed last week, San Juan, Whatcom, and Skagit counties have all moved into Phase 2!
It’s important that we remain vigilant and maintain social distancing practices like staying six feet apart from one another outside of our homes, wearing cloth face coverings in public, and consistently washing our hands. Phase 2 does provide a number of new opportunities, and allows businesses to reopen after ensuring additional safety precautions are in place.
Phase 2 allows for the following:
- Small social gatherings – inside or outside – are allowed as long as you don’t see more than 5 people in a week who you don’t live with.
- Outdoor recreation like camping is allowed as long as it involves 5 or fewer people from outside your household. (Check with campgrounds and recreation facilities for any additional rules and restrictions.)
- More businesses and services can reopen with restrictions, including remaining manufacturing and construction activity, domestic services such as nannies and house cleaners, retail stores, real estate services, professional services, nail salons, barbers, and pet grooming.
- Restaurants can open at 50% capacity, but without bar seating.
Counties must remain in Phase 2 – that is, maintain current COVID-19 rates – for at least three weeks in order to move into Phase 3.
It is no accident that we are consistently moving forward here in the 40th LD. Through our communities caring about our communities we have curbed the spread of COVID-19 and helped one another. Thank you for all your sacrifice and all that you have done for the good of us all!
As the world continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is up to each of us to do our part to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe.
Governor Jay Inslee issued an Executive Order on February 29, 2020, temporarily closing all non-essential businesses, and encouraging individuals to shelter in place. Though the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order has been effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19, we must maintain social distancing practices for the foreseeable future.
How to file for unemployment benefits
The state Employment Security Department (ESD) has simplified their website for easier navigation to the pages people need most right now. Apply for unemployment benefits here.
Questions about returning to work? Check out the State’s Employment Security Department FAQs here.