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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Governor Inslee orders residents to stay at home as COVID-19 spreads

On the evening of Monday, March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order requesting all Washington residents to stay at home to reduce physical interactions as much as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective immediately and any non-essential businesses still operating must close in 48 hours. The order will remain in place for at least two weeks.

The order bans all gatherings, including sleepovers, pick-up basketball games, gatherings at parks, funerals, weddings, and more. Under the order, grocery shopping, essential work duties, and doctor appointments are examples of exemptions to the order. Please click here for more information on the order to stay at home.

The City of Bainbridge Island is urging all residents and businesses to follow the Governor’s stay at home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"The Governor’s new guidance is extremely important, and I hope all Bainbridge Island residents will commit fully to these requests. Your cooperation is important to the health of your neighbors, and your compliance helps to keep Police, Fire, and other key personnel available to focus on priority response and community support,” City Manager Morgan Smith said.

While this order is in effect, the City of Bainbridge Island will continue to offer essential services to the community. Police services will continue without additional changes. The Operations & Maintenance division of Public Works will continue to support key infrastructure using new protocols.

Access to other City services will continue to be available through email and electronic submittals, as previously planned. Please be aware that City response may be delayed during this period, and we ask for your patience and flexibility.

The City will continue to prioritize support for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and will assess capacity for other work as we move forward through this next period.

As of March 23, the Kitsap Public Health District reports 20 positive COVID-19 cases in Kitsap County and 549 negative tests. Of the 20 positive cases, four include Bainbridge Island residents. Get Kitsap Public Health updates here.

Please continue to follow the City’s COVID-19 website for updates on City services, food assistance, community resources, and more.

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