Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said this evening he will sign a statewide order requiring residents to stay home.

The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.

The "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order is similar to orders other governors, in places such as California and New York, issued last week, according to the governor's website.

The proclamation will:

  • Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  • Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
  • Close all businesses except essential businesses.

“The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” Inslee said. 

The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least 6 feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking —  as long as they follow social distancing rules.

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