Inslee Issues, Extends COVID-19 Proclamations

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a new proclamation in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee also announced the extension of the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act proclamation and the DOH Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer proclamation

A July 7 letter from the Legislature extends proclamation 20-28.6 and 20-36.2 until August 1. 

Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act Extension20-28.7 

This proclamation suspends certain statutory requirements in the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA), to prevent the gathering of people to further curb the spread of the virus and waives the mandated time frame of responding to requests to accommodate the physical closures of public buildings. 

This modified version authorizes public agencies holding public meetings in counties currently in Phase 3 to, at their option and in addition to hosting the meeting remotely, include an in-person component to a public meeting.

Read the full proclamation here.

DOH Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer Extension20-36.3

This proclamation waives statutory and regulatory requirements relating to DOH licensing of health care facilities, as well as suspends statutory previsions, loosening restrictions on the manufacturing of hand sanitizer.

Read the full proclamation here

The governor also issued a new proclamation today related to DSHS assessments and reviews. 

DSHS, Developmental Disabilities Administration – Assessments and Reviews20-62

This proclamation waives and suspends certain legal provisions that require the Developmental Disabilities Administration to conduct regular in-person reviews, site-visits and assessments of clients on statutory timelines.

Read the full proclamation here.