Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order for the entire state for a minimum of two weeks.
“Effective immediately, all Washingtonians must stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity," he said.
Essential activities are grocery stores, pharmacies, childcare facilities, gas stations, banks, food supply chains and other things that offer people basic, crucial needs will remain open.
"Restaurants can continue to offer take-out and delivery service,” Inslee announced.
He emphasized the food supply chain was essential and there was no ban on getting food, including hunger relief organizations such as food banks.
Non-essential businesses are to close within 48 hours unless their workers can work from home.
“We know life will look different tomorrow in Washington,” Inslee said. “And we know tonight’s announcement affects millions of our livelihoods. But these necessary restrictions will protect us and our loved ones so that we have a livelihood to come back to. We will keep working until this is defeated.”
He says this order is enforceable by law and will be enforced.
He clarified this does not mean people can't go outside, and encouraged people to still take walks while maintaining proper social distancing.
He has banned all public gatherings, public and private, including weddings and funerals.
The announcement comes one day after a large outbreak of COVID-19 was detected at Shuksan Healthcare Facility in Bellingham. Thirty-two of Whatcom County’s 48 cases are connected to the facility, including the second COVID-19 related death.
Monday’s case numbers for the state also saw a jump to at least 2,221 confirmed cases and 110 deaths linked to the virus.