Updated June 24, 2020

Facial coverings mandatory

Facial coverings will be mandatory statewide effective Friday, June 26. Read Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement here.

More details on the Department of Health’s page.

Food benefits during school closures

Public school families will soon have food benefits available to them to help buy groceries. Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, benefits are available to families with children who are eligible for schools’ free or reduced-price meal programs. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits and will not impact immigration status. Families who are approved by their school district for free or reduced-price meals and who do not currently get Basic Food benefits, must apply online at Washingtonconnection.org for P-EBT before August 31. Go to P-EBT benefits or call the DSHS Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (except observed holidays).

Updated June 1, 2020


Governor Jay Inslee has issued a Safe Start proclamation for a county-by-county phased reopening, effective June 1. Read the proclamation here.


The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the coronavirus. We will add to this list as more resources become available.

Go to: https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus/financial-resources

April 2, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, announced on March 23, has been extended to May 31.

The order:

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

Visit Governor Jay Inslee’s page:  https://www.governor.wa.gov

Follow Governor Inslee on Twitter @wastategov

Assistance for businesses and workers

Assistance for businesses and workers: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has compiled a resource list for affected businesses and workers, including:

A list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief with deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support. ​

  • The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. Some benefits which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs.
  • ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide benefits for workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes layoff or closure, ESD can provide services and funding to help workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services

The Washington State Insurance Commissioner can help answer questions about getting insurance and coverage for damages related to COVID-19. Go www.insurance.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-6900.

Department of Health (DOH)

COVID-19 FAQ from the Washington Department of Health: https://medium.com/wadepthealth/answering-your-covid-19-questions-f2af8f717ed

[3/29/20] A link from the Washington State Department of Health: No need to stock up or disinfect your groceries.




For the latest COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources, visit  https://coronavirus.wa.gov

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.

DOH website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

Department of Social and Health Services announced that its Community Services Offices will further reduce foot traffic from the public beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26 in response to Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.


DNR Press releases

State Parks will reopen May 5 for day use only. Washington State Parks will reopen state-managed lands on Tuesday, May 5, for local day-use recreation only. Visitor centers, camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed lands will remain closed until further notice.

The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land and boat launches. However, it may take several days for gates to be unlocked and sites to be serviced at remote areas due to limited staff capacity.

Some parks may not open immediately due to impacts on rural communities and the potential for crowding. State Parks is working with local communities and its partners to determine the best approach and timing to reopening these areas. (link)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will reopen some recreational fishing and hunting in a phased approach following the state’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. The department is asking hunters and anglers to enjoy these outdoor activities only if they can do so locally, while also practicing physical distancing.

Frequently Asked Questions on Reopening State Lands, Fishing, and Hunting