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On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a Stay Home — Stay Healthy order. The order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:

Learn more about the order:

On March 28, Public Health's Health Officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin, issued a Quarantine Directive and Isolation Order to protect the health of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Quarantine Directive: Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms who has a test result pending shall remain in quarantine while waiting for the test results.

  • Isolation Order: Every who has tested positive for COVID-19 shall remain in isolation until no longer infectious.

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On March 23rd, Governor Inslee announced a Stay Home - Stay Healthy order for the next two weeks at least, mandating that everyone in Washington to stay home. Many families have already begun to practice this, and some families still need to go to work at an essential business. The COVID-19 pandemic calls on our whole community to think creatively about how to meet everyone’s basic needs and maintain social connections while also blunting the spread of disease.

Here are some guidelines for following the Governor’s order while schools are out.

First, a few general rules of thumb:

  • Over 60? Have a chronic medical condition? Pregnant? Avoid caring for other people’s kids, and stay away from others whenever possible.
    If you fall into one of these high-risk categories, put your own health first. Refrain from taking care of other people’s children if possible. This include your grandkids, nieces and nephews. Read more about precautions that people in high risk categories should take.
  • If you must leave your home to pursue an essential activity, work at an essential business, go for walks, or get take-out, stay at least 6 feet apart from others. Try to limit these activities whenever possible. Follow the State’s guidelines for what it means to stay home.

  • Excellent personal hygiene habits go a long way. Teach your kids:
    • Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

My neighbors and I have been sharing childcare responsibilities. Can we continue doing this?

No. The Stay Home – Stay Healthy order prohibits social gatherings of any kind, including informal childcare and gatherings of children outside the home.

Child care is considered an essential business, and is vital to the families of working parents, especially first responders and health care workers. If you must continue going to work, you can use this resource to find a child care provider for your family.

What about going outdoors?

Outdoor activities are allowed in the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order. Plus, it’s important for kids to get active outside time every day, and research shows daily time outdoors boosts adults’ health and wellbeing. Here are some steps you can take to keep children and adults safe:

  • Social gatherings are prohibited. If you go outside, you must limit the group to people in your household.
  • Continue to remain 6 feet apart from others you encounter.
  • Reinforce frequent handwashing and good hygiene habits among all children and adults.
  • Repeatedly clean any shared sporting equipment.
  • Remember that many parks and recreation areas in Seattle and King County are closed to the public.

For more resources about keeping kids healthy and happy during school closures, visit: