Proclamation 20-83: COVID-19 travel bans from countries with 501Y.V variant edition

Today, Governor Jay Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine request for anyone who came in after visiting the UK, South Africa and other countries where a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, 501Y.V, was circulating return to Washington State.

Health experts believe this new variant may be more transmissible than other variants. The Order applies to all persons who were present in these countries in the last 14 days. A person may leave quarantine to carry out certain essential activities (e.g., get medical treatment) provided they avoid public transport and ridesharing, wear a face covering, and separate themselves from other people as much as possible. and follow other appropriate social distancing measures. All individuals affected by this order are strongly recommended to be tested within seven days of their return to Washington.

The full proclamation is available Here.

Proclamation 20-25.10: Stay safe, stay healthy

Governor Inslee also updated Proclamation 20-25 and related guides for places of worship, weddings, and funerals. Currently, places of worship are allowed to hold indoor services with a room capacity of up to 25% or 200 people, whichever is lower.

The 200-person maximum is lifted based on the Dec. 15, 2020, Dec. 15, 2020, U.S. Appeals Court decision for the Ninth Circuit at Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak that lifted Nevada’s 50-person entry restriction for the Supreme’s interpretation Decision of the Court of Justice in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn against Cuomo to constitute a “seismic shift in the free exercise law”.

Because the governor believes the attendance limit will save lives, he is converting the required limit of 200 people into a recommended limit. The governor recognizes and respects that it is the job of the courts to say what the law is. The governor does not intend to re-establish mandatory numerical limits for religious services unless the Ninth Circle or the Supreme Court clarifies the state of the law. Other minor changes will be made to align the guides and proclamation on music and singing.

The full proclamation is available Here.

The religious and belief-based organizational leadership is available Here.

Wedding and funeral advice is available Here.