Working Together to Keep Washington State Safe
State of Washington, Governor Inslee, issued the following proclamation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR
WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, I issued Proclamation 20-05, proclaiming a State of Emergency
for all counties throughout the state of Washington as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and confirmed person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in
Washington State; and
WHEREAS, since the initial confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States, in Snohomish
County, Washington, on January 21, 2020, it has spread to eight counties of Washington State
resulting in 23 deaths; and
WHEREAS, the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 appears to be higher in those
members of our population who are 60 years of age and older and those with chronic health conditions;
WHEREAS, there is an increased risk of rapid spread of COVID-19 among persons who are living in
congregate settings, such as long-term care facilities, and most residents of long-term care facilities are
at increased risk for severe COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, infected facility staff and visitors can introduce a virus into the population and start an
WHEREAS, the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting epidemic in Washington State
continue to threaten the life and health of our people as well as the economy of Washington State, and
remains a public disaster affecting life, health, property, and the public peace; and
WHEREAS, the Washington State Department of Health continues to maintain a Public Health
Incident Management Team in coordination with the State Emergency Operations Center and other
supporting state agencies to manage the public health aspects of the incident; and
WHEREAS, the Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division, through
the State Emergency Operations Center, continues coordinating resources across state government to
support the Department of Health and local officials in alleviating the impacts to people, property, and
infrastructure, and continues coordinating with the Washington State Department of Health in
assessing the magnitude and long-term effects of the incident on Washington State and its people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the abovenoted situation, and under Chapters 38.08, 38.52 and 43.06 RCW, do hereby proclaim that
Proclamation 20-05 remains in effect and is amended as provided herein, and that a State of
Emergency continues to exist in all counties of Washington State. I again direct that the plans and
procedures of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented.
State agencies and departments are directed to continue utilizing state resources and doing everything
reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from
the COVID-19 epidemic.
As a result of this event, I continue to order into active state service the organized militia of
Washington State to include the National Guard and the State Guard, or such part thereof as may be
necessary in the opinion of The Adjutant General to address the circumstances described above, to
perform such duties as directed by competent authority of the Washington State Military Department
in addressing the outbreak. Additionally, I continue to direct the Washington State Department of
Health, the Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division, and other
agencies to identify and provide appropriate personnel for conducting necessary and ongoing incident
FURTHERMORE, based on the above situation and under the provisions of RCW 43.06.220(1)(h) to
help preserve and maintain life, health, property or the public peace, I hereby prohibit the following
activities in all counties of Washington State related to the operation of nursing homes licensed under
RCW 18.51 and assisted living facilities licensed under RCW 18.20, which restrictions shall remain in
effect until midnight on April 9, 2020:
1. Owners, administrators, operators, staff, contractors, and volunteers of nursing homes licensed
under RCW 18.51 and assisted living facilities licensed under RCW 18.20 are prohibited from
allowing a person to enter the facility and visit a resident unless that person is an adult, the
resident has not already had a visitor that day, and the visit takes place in the resident’s room.
This prohibition does not apply in end of life situations.
2. No person is allowed to visit a resident of a nursing home licensed under RCW 18.51 or an
assisted living facility licensed under RCW 18.20 unless they have been screened prior to entry
for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, including fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, or difficulty
breathing, or contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 14 days,
or are under investigation for COVID-19. Precautionary measures may include, but are not
limited to, wearing personal protective equipment, social distancing, or visiting in designated
3. No person is allowed to visit a resident of a nursing home licensed under RCW 18.51 or an
assisted living facility licensed under RCW 18.20 unless they show identification, sign into a
visitor’s log that includes date, time in and time out, and provide their name and contact
information, including phone number and email address if available.
4. Operators and staff of nursing homes licensed under RCW 18.51 and assisted living facilities
licensed under RCW 18.20 are prohibited from destroying each day’s visitor log for 30 days.
5. Owners, administrators, and operators of nursing homes licensed under RCW 18.51 and assisted
living facilities licensed under RCW 18.20 are prohibited from allowing a person to work or
volunteer in the facility unless the person has been screened at the start of every shift and does
not show any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever of 100.4 or higher, cough,
or difficulty breathing.
6. Residents of nursing homes licensed under RCW 18.51 and assisted living facilities licensed
under RCW 18.20 that have one or more residents, staff, contractors or volunteers subject to a
Washington State Department of Health or local health department recommendation or order of
isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 need to be isolated in their rooms away from other people.
A resident can choose to discharge from a facility at any time.
7. Owners, administrators, operators, staff, and volunteers of nursing homes licensed under RCW
18.51 and assisted living facilities licensed under RCW 18.20 are prohibited from disclosing
protected and confidential health information except as otherwise provided by law or with
consent from the resident.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities subject to these prohibitions are strongly encouraged to
explore, adopt and implement reasonable alternative methods to provide access for residents to
mitigate the impacts of these prohibitions.
ADDITIONALLY, based on the above situation, and to support implementation of the activities
prohibited above, I also hereby find that strict compliance with the following statutory and regulatory
obligations or limitations will prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the COVID-19
State of Emergency under Proclamation 20-05, and that the language of each statutory and regulatory
provision specified below is hereby waived and suspended until midnight on April 9, 2020:
1. RCW 70.129.090(1)(f), in its entirety:
“(f) Subject to reasonable restrictions to protect the rights of others and to the resident’s right to
deny or withdraw consent at any time, immediate family or other relatives of the resident and
others who are visiting with the consent of the resident;”
2. RCW 70.129.090(2), in its entirety:
“(2) The facility must provide reasonable access to a resident by his or her representative or an
entity or individual that provides health, social, legal, or other services to the resident, subject to
the resident’s right to deny or withdraw consent at any time.”
3. RCW 70.129.140(2)(b), in its entirety:
“(b) Interact with members of the community both inside and outside the facility;”
4. RCW 70.129.140(3), in its entirety:
“(3)(a) A resident has the right to organize and participate in resident groups in the facility.
(b) A resident’s family has the right to meet in the facility with the families of other residents in
(c) The facility must provide a resident or family group, if one exists, with meeting space.
(d) Staff or visitors may attend meetings at the group’s invitation.
(e) When a resident or family group exists, the facility must listen to the views and act upon the
grievances and recommendations of residents and families concerning proposed policy and
operational decisions affecting resident care and life in the facility.
(f) The resident has the right to refuse to perform services for the facility except as voluntarily
agreed by the resident and the facility in the resident’s service plan.”
5. RCW 70.129.140(4), in its entirety:
“(4) A resident has the right to participate in social, religious, and community activities that do
not interfere with the rights of other residents in the facility.”
6. RCW 70.129.140(5), in its entirety:
“(5) A resident has the right to:
(a) Reside and receive services in the facility with reasonable accommodation of individual needs
and preferences, except when the health or safety of the individual or other residents would be
(b) Receive notice before the resident’s room or roommate in the facility is changed.”
7. WAC 388-97-0520(1)(g), in its entirety:
“(g) Subject to the resident’s right to deny or withdraw consent at any time, immediate family or
other relatives of the resident;”.
8. WAC 388-97-0520(1)(h), in its entirety:
“(h) Subject to reasonable restrictions and the resident’s right to deny or withdraw consent at any
time, others who are visiting with the consent of the resident.”
All persons are advised of potential criminal penalties for violation of this order pursuant to RCW
Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington on this 10th day of March, A.D.,
Two Thousand and Twenty at Olympia, Washington.
Jay Inslee, Governor