Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency stay-at-home order closes many businesses but allows those deemed essential to fighting the COVID-19 outbreak and supporting communities around the state to remain open.
The full list is 14 pages long and can be found on the special coronavirus page on the governor’s website. Here’s a partial list of essential business categories and some job functions that will be able to stay open:
Health care and public health: Workers providing testing and clinical research for the COVID-19 response, including doctors, dentists, psychologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, midwives and dulas, alternative health care providers and social workers.
Hospital and laboratory personnel: Workers at other medical facilities, such as ambulatory health and surgical centers, clinics, blood banks, outpatient care, long-term care and hospices.
Also, manufacturers, technicians and others involved in making medical equipment or devices, personal protective equipment, vaccines and testing materials.