Gov. Inslee has extended the stay-at-home order through May 31, although Grays Harbor could phase in earlier than most counties.
The governor had said in his teleconference that Washington businesses can reopen in four stages, based on what he calls “dials”.
Inslee said that health data will determine how quickly Washington state moves from one phase into the next, although he indicated that he doesn’t expect to see any movement for at least three weeks between each phase.
Best case scenario, if Phase 1 begins today, the schedule is as follows: Phase 2 to start May 22; Phase 3 to start June 12; Phase 4 to start July 3.
10 smaller counties that have not been hit as hard by the coronavirus are able to apply for a variance from his order that would allow them to move to the next phase faster than the majority of counties.
Inslee said that counties with low numbers of cases and deaths are able to submit a health plan to the state that indicates preparedness levels, including hospital capacity and PPE levels, are able to request a move on to Phase 2 faster.
Additional counties eligible may be added in the coming weeks.
Inslee announced partial reopening of outdoor recreation on Monday, which takes effect on Tuesday, May 5. He announced Friday relaxed restrictions on construction.
Inslee also unveiled a dashboard that explains the categories and the “dials” he is considering when loosening restrictions.
Read more at the Governor’s Medium page.