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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

For many of us, life as we know it has been put on hold as COVID-19 continues to impact our families, neighbors, and communities. In this time of rapid changes, all of us face challenges. What I love best about the people who live in our part of the state is how much we care. Now, more than ever, we need to look out for each other. This is something we’ve always done because it’s who we are—good people who watch out not only for ourselves but also for others.

Links to resources and information

Public safety measures to combat the coronavirus continue. For some, along with health concerns, this means the loss of pay or even employment. Below you will find a list of webpages that will link you to resources regarding public health, supports for workers and businesses, school information and general updates on the state’s efforts to address the outbreak. If you have a question not answered in the webpages attached below—contact me. I’m happy to help in whatever way I can.

Statewide “Shelter in Place

On Monday, the governor issued a statewide shelter in place order that instituted further restrictions on workers throughout the state, requiring even more residents to stay home. The “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive mirrors instructions that other states, in places like California and New York, have issued within the past week.

For information on the governor’s authority during an emergency, click here.

It is still safe for people to go outside. You can take part in activities like walking, gardening, and bike rides as long as you are careful to follow social distancing guidelines. Doctor’s offices, gas stations, grocery stores and other essential businesses will remain open.

This proclamation:

  • Will last for two weeks and could be extended;
  • Requires every Washingtonian to stay at home unless they are pursuing an essential activity, such as shopping for groceries, getting gas, or going to a doctor’s appointment;
  • Closes all businesses except those considered essential; and
  • Requires that any business that remains open must implement rules that facilitate social distancing.

Workers and businesses

If your business is not considered “essential“, but you believe it should be, you can petition to be added to the list.

Thank you for being a good neighbor!

Please keep in mind that following these guidelines means you are saving lives. For now, let’s all practice some extra caution. Together, we will get through this.


Alex Ybarra

State Representative Alex Ybarra, 13th Legislative District
470 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7808 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000