News Release- Stevens County- Stay Home Order and County Variance Approval

Response from Washington State Department of Health:
Today, May 11th, Stevens County received notification from Washington State Department of Health (DOH) approving the variance application and authorizing implementing Phase 2 of the “Phased Approach to Reopening Washington Plan.” This follows the announcement on May 8th for both Ferry and Pend Oreille County approval of the variance request, allowing them to move into Phase 2.

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.

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