March 25, 2020
Top COVID-19 questions and answers as "Stay Home" order goes into effect
Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order goes into effect this evening, and employers have reached out to AWB with questions on how the rule will be implemented.
Question: Which businesses are considered "essential"?
Answer: Read this blog post to learn more and find out how to petition to be on the list.
Question: Do employees or employers need paperwork or certification about their "essential" status to drive or leave their homes?
Answer: Absolutely not. No permits are needed to travel to and from essential business locations. Lisa Brown, director of the Washington Department of Commerce, tweeted: "Let's smash this myth: There is NOT a pass or letter required for "essential" workers to prove it's okay to go to work right now."
Question: Are there registration requirements for those deemed essential?
Answer: There is no need to register for workers or businesses that are deemed essential.
Question: My business is not listed as essential, so I have to close, right?
Answer: Not if all of your employees can work remotely.