Summary of coronavirus (COVID-19) proclamations issued by Gov. Inslee

Summary of coronavirus (COVID-19) proclamations issued by Gov. Inslee

Proclamations
Proclamations are formal public declarations from the Governor. Often proclamations declare states of emergency or call the legislature into a special session.

Waiving requirement to hold DUI hearings within 30 days (April 3)

Proclamation No. 20-42: Issued April 3. Effective through midnight May 3.

Waiving requirement to hold DUI hearings within 30 days:

  • Waives/suspends requirement to hold hearing on suspension/revocation of license for DUI within 30 days of request.
  • Waives/suspends time in which court must hear petition to stay suspension/revocation of license for DUI requested by persons eligible for deferred prosecution.
  • Prevents DUI-related court matters from being dismissed due to failure to comply with time requirements in the statutes.
Waiving driver license expiration dates (April 3)

Proclamation No. 20-41: Issued April 3. Effective through midnight May 3.

Waiving driver license expiration dates:

  • Waives/suspends expiration date of personal and commercial driver licenses.
  • Without the suspension/waiver, these licenses expire six years after date of issuance.
Suspending scheduled state building code changes (April 2)

Proclamation No. 20-40: Issued April 2.

Suspending scheduled state building code changes:

  • Waives and suspends effective date of changes to the state building code that were required to go into effect between July 1, 2020 and Nov. 1, 2020.
Waiving limitations on re-employment of retired public sector workers (March 31)

Proclamation No. 20-39: Issued March 31. Effective through midnight April 30.

Waiving limitations on re-employment of retired public sector workers:

  • Applies to retired public employees, law enforcement, firefighters and public safety employees.
Waiving certain construction review requirements for care facilities (March 30)

Proclamation No. 20-38: Issued March 30. Effective through midnight April 29.

Waiving certain construction review requirements for care facilities:

  • Waives and suspends certain certification of need and construction review requirements for licensed nursing home and assisted living facilities.
  • Allows for construction or alteration of or addition to nursing homes or assisted living facilities, prior to receiving certificate of need and construction review by DSHS.
  • Applies only response to COVID-19 response.
Suspending training deadlines for registered nursing assistants (March 30)

Proclamation No. 20-37: Issued March 30. Effective through midnight April 29.

Suspending training deadlines for registered nursing assistants:

  • Waives and suspends the deadline for registered nursing assistants to complete mandatory training and testing
  • Current law requires registered nursing assistants to complete mandatory training within four months after starting to work in a nursing home. This requirement has been made impossible to achieve, and training and testing due to the COVID-19 crisis is significantly reduced or not offered.
Waiving licenses needed to increase the number of health care beds (March 30)

Proclamation No. 20-36: Issued March 30. Effective through midnight April 29.

Waiving licenses required to increase the number of health care beds:

  • Waives and suspends certificate of need and certain licensing requirements to do the following (for COVID-19 response only):
    • increase the number of health care facilities and health care beds
    • construct or renovate new facilities
    • sell, purchase or lease all or part of facilities
    • change or redistribute bed capacity
  • Waives and suspends certain legal restrictions to allow for increased manufacture and distribution of hand sanitizer for health care professionals.
  • Allows new pharmacy technicians and assistants to begin working sooner.

Health care facilities included:

  • hospices
  • hospice care centers
  • hospitals
  • psychiatric hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • kidney disease treatment centers
  • ambulatory surgical facilities
  • home health agencies
  • such facilities when owned and operated by a political subdivision or instrumentality of the state and such other facilities as required by federal law and implementing regulations.
Waiving jail time for certain low-level community custody violations (March 30)

Proclamation No. 20-35: Issued March 30. Effective through midnight April 29.

Waiving jail time for certain low-level community custody violations:

  • Waives and suspends requirement to confine for certain low-level violations of community custody.
  • The proclamation states that it seeks to avoid arrests and detentions for low-level violations, to accomplish social distancing.
  • A mandatory confinement penalty for certain violations of community custody included in RCW 9.94A.737(2)(b) was removed by SHB 2417, but was not scheduled to go into effect until June 11, 2020.
Suspending state auditor’s filing deadlines for local governments (March 25)

Proclamation No. 20-34: Issued March 26. Effective through midnight April 25.

Suspending state auditor’s filing deadlines for local governments:

  • Waives and suspends time for local governments to prepare and file annual reports with Washington State Auditor’s office.
  • Without the waiver, annual reports to be filed within 150 days after the close of the fiscal year.
Easing visitation requirements for children in out-of-home placement (March 25)

Proclamation No. 20-33: Issued March 26. Effective through midnight April 25.

Easing visitation requirements for children in out-of-home placement:

  • Eases requirements for maximum possible visitation between children in out-of-home placement and parents/families.
  • Suspends and waives requirements for Department of Children, Youth and Families to conduct monthly monitoring of children placed out-of-home in person.
  • Governor simultaneously issued Directive 20-02 to the Secretary of DCYF, directing immediate development of video and other electronic means of visitation and consulting with DOH to outline a plan to shift back to in-person visitation when safe to do so.
  • Proclamation provides that it is not intended to prevent compliance with private parenting plans.
Increasing healthcare providers authorized to practice in the state (March 25)

Proclamation No. 20-32: Issued March 26. Effective through midnight April 25.

Easing requirements for health care provider licensure:

  • Waives and suspends education, training and continuing education requirements for initial/renewal of healthcare provider licenses/certifications.
  • Waives and suspends certain requirements to allow additional delegation of healthcare tasks to credentialed assistances and waiving in-person supervision.
  • Eases licensing/certification requirements for retired and out-of-state providers.
  • Allows broader practice by allopathic and osteopathic physicians currently limited to practice in post-graduate, fellowship, instructional or other limited settings.
Waiving fingerprint requirements for child care background checks (March 25)

Proclamation No. 20-31: Issued March 26. Effective through midnight April 25.

Waiving fingerprint requirements for child care background checks:

  • Waives the fingerprint requirement in background checks for child care, foster care, adoptive parents and group care providers.
  • Also waives and suspends compliance with certain Early Achievers training and rating qualifications for childcare and early learning providers.
Suspending job search requirements for unemployment insurance (March 25)

Proclamation No. 20-30: Issued March 25. Effective through midnight April 24.

Suspending job search requirements for unemployment insurance:

  • Suspends job search requirement to be eligible for unemployment insurance. Typically, to be eligible for unemployment insurance, an individual must actively engage in job-search activities under the law.
  • Suspends the Employment Security Department’s job search monitoring program.
Authorizing use of telemedicine (March 25)

Proclamation No. 20-29: Issued March 25. Effective through midnight April 24.

Authorizing the use of telemedicine:

  • Accelerates effective date of SB 5385 requiring health plans to pay the same rate for telemedicine services as paid for in-person services. SB 5385 would have gone into effect on Jan. 21, 2021.
  • Prohibits payment for telemedicine services at a lower rate than for in-person services.
  • The bill applies to all regulated health insurance carriers, state employee health plans and Medicaid managed plans.
  • The bill requires reimbursement payment for telemedicine services at the same rate as in-person — except hospitals, hospital systems, telemedicine providers and groups of 11 or more providers may negotiate a different in-person rate (this provision is prohibited under the effect of the proclamation, to encourage use of telemedicine during this time).
Waiving in-person public meetings and public records requirements (March 24)

Proclamation No. 20-28: Issued March 24. Effective through midnight April 23.

Waiving in-person requirements for public meetings and public records:

  • Waives requirements for in-person open public meetings, in-person inspection of public records and five-day response to public records requests.
    • State and local governmental entities subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (42.30 RCW) may not conduct meetings or take action unless “necessary and routine” or unless related to COVID-19 response.
    • The public meeting at which allowed meeting/action occurs must occur electronically, not in-person (at least by telephone or other means allowing persons to hear).
    • The Public Records Act (PRA) in-person inspection of public records requirement is suspended.
    • The PRA requirement to acknowledge/respond to public records requests within five days is suspended.
Authorizing electronic notarial acts (March 24)

Proclamation No. 20-27: Issued March 24. Effective March 27 through midnight April 26.

Authorizing electronic notarial acts:

  • Authorizes electronic notarial acts on behalf of remotely located individuals not in the physical presence of a notary public.
  • Accelerates the effective date of SB 5641 through the date of the proclamation. SB 5641 would have gone into effect on Oct. 1, 2020.
    • SB 5641 includes requirements for notary publics to confirm the identity of a remote individual and make record of the notarial act.
Waiving penalty for late filing of monthly alcohol sales taxes (March 24)

Proclamation No. 20-26: Issued March 24. Effective through midnight April 22.

Waiving penalty for late filing of monthly wine/beer taxes:

  • Waives the penalty for late filing of monthly taxes due on sale of wine/beer payable by microbreweries, domestic breweries, beer distributors, wineries and wine distributors.
Stay home, stay healthy (March 23)

Proclamation No. 20-25: Issued March 23. Non-essential businesses must cease operations by no later than midnight March 25. Originally deemed effective through midnight April 6. Amended by Proclamation 20-25.1 (issued April 2) to extend effective period through 11:59 p.m. May 4.

“Stay home, stay healthy,” prohibiting the following activities:

  • No one may leave home/residence except

Prohibited activities/public gatherings:

  • All public and private gatherings and multi-person activities for social, spiritual and recreational purposes, regardless of number of people involved.
  • Prohibited activities include community, civil, public, leisure, faith-based or sporting events as well as parades, concerts, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, weddings and funerals.
  • Non-essential business strongly encouraged to cease immediately, but must cease operations no later than midnight on March 25.

Essential activities (permitted):

  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members and pets
    • Groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use
    • Supplies and equipment needed to work from home
    • Products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential home maintenance
  • Engaging in activities essential for health and safety of family, household members and pets
    • Seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services
    • Obtaining medical supplies or medication
  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household and transport for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services.
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking hiking, running or biking — but only with proper social distancing.
  • Operating, working as essential employee working in essential business services
    • Essential businesses (who have contact with clients) must follow social distance and sanitation measures established by USDOL and Washington State DOH.
  • Carrying out minimum basic operations for non-essential business
    • The minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate employees of the business being able to work remotely from their homes, and related functions.

Exceptions:

  • Family members/persons residing in same residence, household are not prohibited from gathering/recreating together.
  • Victims of domestic violence are not required to remain home and may seek an alternate safe location.
  • Does not apply to homeless individuals (who are encouraged to seek shelter).
  • Does not prohibit working from home; does not require businesses consisting of employees or contractors performing business activities at home home/residence who have no in-person contact with customers to cease operations.
  • Restaurants and food services providing delivery or take-away services are permitted to operate (required to follow proper social distancing and sanitation measures).

List of essential business services:

An updated, comprehensive list of essential business services can be found here. Generally, essential services fall into these categories:

  • Healthcare/public health
  • Emergency services sector
  • Food and agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and wastewater
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Communications and information technology
  • Other community-based government and essential functions
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Financial services
  • Chemical
  • Defense industrial base
Prohibiting non-essential medical and dental procedures (March 19)

Proclamation 20-24: Issued March 19. Effective through May 18.

Prohibiting non-essential medical and dental procedures:

  • Where delay of 3 months would not cause harm to the patient.
  • Applies to all hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices.
  • Does not apply to outpatient visits delivered in hospital-based clinics.

Exceptions:

  • Family planning services.
  • Patients with emergency/urgent needs.
  • Any surgery that if delayed or canceled would result in patient’s worsening.
Utility ratepayer assistance (March 18)

Proclamation 20-23: Issued March 18. Effective through midnight April 17. Amended by Proclamation 20-23.1 issued March 24.

Utilities and Transportation Commission ratepayer assistance:

  • Strongly encourages all Washington utilities to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on affected residents, including by suspension of disconnection tariffs for nonpayment, waiving late fees, offering customers payment plans and expanding bill-assistance programs.
  • No rate-change hearings.
  • No complaints under Title 81 RCW Transportation.
  • Authorizes UTC to use surplus balances from electric and natural gas utility low income accounts to support community action agencies in providing services intended to address the consequences of COVID-19.
Waiving restrictions on hours for truck drivers (March 18)

Proclamation 20-22: Issued March 18. Effective through midnight April 17.

Waiving restrictions on hours for truck drivers:

  • For provision of groceries, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, petroleum fuels, other liquid fuels, natural or synthetic fuel gas, solid carbonaceous fuels, and electricity and natural gas system equipment components, including but not limited to, fissionable nuclear material.
  • Certain restrictions, hour limits, and requirements continue to apply.
Waiving one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance (March 18)

Proclamation 20-21: Issued March 18. Effective through April 17.

Waiving one-week waiting period:

  • Waives the waiting period required before being eligible to file for unemployment insurance payments.
  • Effective for claims filed on or after March 8 through midnight April 17.
DOR to waive penalties and interest on certain late tax payments (March 18)

Proclamation 20-20: Issued March 18. Applicable retroactively from Feb. 29 through midnight April 17.

Waiving certain tax penalties and interest:

  • Waiver of penalty on late property tax payments, business licensing delinquency fee, excise tax interest on B&O, including interest related to tax preferences for biotechnology and medical device manufacturers.
30-day prohibition on evictions from residential property (March 18)

Proclamation 20-19: Issued March 18. Effective through April 17.

Prohibition on residential evictions:

  • 30-day prohibition on evictions from residential property for failure to pay rent.

Exceptions:

  • Eviction is necessary to preserve health and safety of the tenant or other persons.
  • Evictions for reasons other than non-payment of rent — e.g., for waste, nuisance, commission of a crime on the property.
DSHS eligibility and nursing home licensure changes (March 18)

Proclamation 20-18: Issued March 18. Effective through midnight April 9.

Expansion of DSHS Family Emergency Assistance Program:

  • DSHS to expand eligibility for Family Emergency Assistance Program to include individuals and families without children.
    • Family Emergency Assistance Program provides assistance to prevent utility disconnection, get clients into housing that they can afford on an ongoing basis and get utilities connected.
    • Housing in hotel or motel allowed as a last resort and a short-term solution.

Expediting licensure and staffing for nursing facilities:

  • DSHS required to waive multiple requirements to expedite licensure and staffing for nursing homes and facilities, other long-term care residential facilities and for community-based care providers.
    • Waive requirements for inspection of nursing and long-term care facilities prior to renewing facility license
    • Waive certain staffing requirements for nursing facilities
    • Waive requirement for DSHS to provide individual assessment of Medicaid-eligible individual prior to admission to nursing facility
    • Waive requirement requiring background check for long-term care workers before they begin working with vulnerable persons
    • Waive residents’ rights to freely access his/her representative, entity or individual providing health, social, legal or other services
Restrictions on types of nursing facilities that can receive visitors (March 16)

Proclamation 20-17: Issued March 16. Effective through midnight April 9.

Restrictions on visitors at long-term care facilities:

  • Expands the governor’s restrictions on visitors at residential care facilities (Proclamation 20-06 made on March 10) to include a broader list of applicable facilities.

List of applicable facilities:

  • nursing facilities
  • assisted living facilities
  • state-operated adult psychiatric facilities including Western State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island
  • King County Secure Community Transition Facility
  • Pierce County Secure Community Transition Facility on McNeil Island
  • Fort Steilacoom Competency Restoration Program, Residential Treatment Facility
  • Maple Lane Competency Restoration Program, Residential Treatment Facility
  • Yakima Competency Restoration Program, Residential Treatment Facility
  • intermediate care facilities
  • state-operated living alternatives
  • adult family homes
  • enhanced service facilities
  • ENTs
Restrictions on types of visitors to long-term care facilities (March 16)

Proclamation 20-16: Issued March 16. Effective through midnight April 9.

Restrictions on visitors at long-term care facilities:

  • Expands the governor’s restrictions on visitors at residential care facilities (Proclamation 20-06 made on March 10) to prohibit all all visitors except permitted visitor types.

List of permitted visitors:

  • attorneys, administrative law judges, advocates or similar persons who represent a resident
  • vendors or volunteers who supply or work in a facility
Waiving DOL requirements for driver’s licenses, ID cards (March 16)

Proclamation 20-15: Issued March 16. Effective through midnight April 15.

Waiving Department of Licensing requirements:

  • Waiving requirement for eye examination upon issuance of driver’s license.
  • Allowing for issuance of licenses, cards, renewals by mail or electronically.
    • This provision is effective March 23.
Limitation on social, spiritual, recreational gatherings (March 16)

Proclamation 20-14: Issued March 16. Effective through midnight March 31.

Limitation on gatherings:

  • Reduces the limit on the size of social, spiritual and recreational gatherings from less than 250 people to 50 people or less.
  • Prohibits gatherings of 50 people or less unless organizers of such activities comply with social distancing and sanitization measures.

This proclamation was most recently superseded by Proclamation 20-25 on March 23.

Prohibition on public gathering in certain venues (March 16)

Proclamation 20-13: Issued March 16. Effective through midnight April 6.

Prohibition on public gathering in certain venues:

  • Prohibits public gathering in venues for public entertainment, recreation, food and beverage service, theater, bowling, fitness and other similar activities.
    • Food and beverage restriction applies to any restaurant, recreational facility where food/beverage consumed on premises.
    • Prohibited social or recreational venues include theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, non-tribal card rooms, barbershops and hair/nail salons, tattoo parlors, pool halls and other similar venues.
    • Applies to all other retail businesses except pharmacies and grocery stores unless they designate an employee or officer who must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Washington State Department of Health guidelines.

Exceptions:

  • Does not prohibit delivery/take out, drive-through, grocery purchase (not consumed on premises).
  • Does not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, pet stores, and libraries (except sit-down food/beverage within).

This proclamation was most recently superseded by Proclamation 20-25 on March 23.

Prohibiting in-person instruction at higher education institutions (March 13)

Proclamation 20-12: Issued March 13. Effective 12:01 a.m. March 17 through 12 p.m. April 24.

Prohibiting in-person instruction:

  • Prohibits in-person instruction at public/private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship and similar programs.

Exceptions:

  • Labs and clinics still allowed using strict social distancing measures or clinical protocols issued by public health guidelines.
  • Does not apply to operation of dormitory services, general administrative services, safety programs, research or medical facilities.
Limitation on social, spiritual, recreational gatherings (March 13)

Proclamation 20-11: Issued March 13. Effective through midnight March 31.

Limitation on social, spiritual, recreational gatherings:

  • Expands the limit on social, spiritual or recreational gatherings of less than 250 people in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties (Proclamation 20-07 on March 11) to all counties in Washington state.

This proclamation was most recently superseded by Proclamation 20-25 on March 23.

Waiving certain training requirements for long-term care workers (March 13)

Proclamation 20-10: Issued March 13. Effective through midnight April 9.

Waiving certain training requirements for long-term care workers:

  • Waives the timing of certain training and continuing education requirements for long-term care workers.
  • Allows staff to begin/continue providing care before certain training/continuing education completed.
Closure of public and private schools in all counties (March 13)

Proclamation 20-09: Issued March 13. Originally deemed effective March 17 through midnight April 24. Amended by Proclamation 20-9.1 (issued April 6) to extend effective period through the end of the current school year (June 19).

Closure of public and private (including charter) schools:

  • Amended the previous school closure (Proclamation 20-08 of March 12) to extend the closure to all schools in all counties.
  • Schools may provide certain on-site learning services if necessary to comply with federal or state law, but only with proper social distancing and hygiene.
  • Schools are encouraged to engage in distance learning and plan for distance learning into summer and fall 2020.
Closure of schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties (March 12)

Proclamation 20-08: Issued March 12. Effective March 17 through midnight April 24.

Closure of public and private (including charter) schools:

  • Closes public and private (including charter) schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
  • No use of school facilities for recreational programs.
  • Facilities may be used for childcare, nutrition and other necessary social services.
Limitations on gatherings in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties (March 11)

Proclamation 20-07: Issued March 11. Effective through midnight March 31.

Limitation on social, spiritual and recreational gatherings:

  • Prohibits gatherings of 250 or more in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

This proclamation was most recently superseded by Proclamation 20-25 on March 23.

Restrictions on visitors at residential care facilities (March 10)

Proclamation 20-06: Issued March 10. Effective through midnight April 9.

Restrictions on visitors at residential care facilities:

  • Imposes restrictions and parameters for visitors to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Facilities are prohibited from allowing a person to enter the facility and visit a resident unless the visitor is an adult, the resident has not already had a visitor that day, and the visit takes place in the resident’s room.
  • Facilities must screen all visitors, workers and volunteers for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Visitors must show identification, provide name and contact information and sign in and out on a log kept by the facility for 30 days.
  • Visitor restrictions do not apply to end-of-life situations.
  • Residents may choose to discharge from the facility at any time.

This proclamation was amended by Proclamation 20-16 on March 16 and Proclamation 20-17 on March 17.

Declaration of emergency in all Washington counties (Feb 29)

Proclamation 20-05: Issued Feb.29.

Original declaration of emergency in all Washington counties due to COVID-19:

  • Directs implementation of Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
  • Requires state agencies and departments to utilize state resources and do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions.
  • Orders into active state service the organized militia of Washington State, including National Guard and State Guard (or such part necessary in the opinion of The Adjutant General.
  • Directs Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division, and other agencies to identify and provide appropriate personnel for conducting necessary and ongoing incident related assessments.