News Release - Stay Home Order and County Variance Request Approval

Response from Washington State Department of Health:

At 2:30 pm today, Governor Inslee announced the approval of Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties variance request to move to Phase 2.  Stevens County has not yet been given the approval to advance to Phase 2 because there has not been three weeks since the last confirmed COVID-19 case.  We anticipate notification of the request for Stevens County to be received on Monday, May 11th if there are no newly confirmed cases.

An individual Phase 2 business sector (e.g., manufacturing, new construction, retail, restaurants, etc.) may reopen only AFTER the state publishes its guidelines for the specific sector. The state is quickly working to finalize these and will publish each of them as each is finalized. After it does, an individual business is only allowed to reopen after it can implement those guidelines. The guidelines can be accessed at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start.

Business/industry sectors listed under Phase 2 that have approved safety criteria/guidance and that may advance to Phase 2 is for:

  • All phases of construction

Even with the approval to move forward into Phase 2, some businesses may need to delay their reopening until they have an adequate safety plan and facility modifications in place.  Additionally, some businesses may choose to delay reopening until a later date to protect their own staff and patrons.

Business/industry sectors listed under Phase 2 that don’t yet have approved safety criteria/guidance and cannot yet advance to Phase 2 are:

  • Remaining manufacturing
  • In-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.)
  • Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)
  • Real estate
  • Professional services/office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Hair and nail salons/barbers
  • Pet grooming
  • Restaurants/taverns less than 50% capacity and table size no larger than 5 (no bar-area seating)

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