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Washington Coronavirus Stay-Home Order Extended, Economy Opening in Phases

Washington Governor Jay Inslee plans to extend his state’s stay-home order through May 31, while, at the same time, exploring options to allow certain businesses to reopen prior to that date as part of a four-phased plan unveiled on Friday. The initial stage would see Washington’s economy and social life start to reopen including certain types of businesses that could reopen in mid-May, though the stay-home order remains until the end of the month.

Gov. Inslee said in response to pressure to lift the stay-at-home order sooner, “If we stick together for a while longer, we won’t lose all the gains we’ve already made. It’s so frustrating, we don’t want to do this twice.”

Businesses that could open first include retail stores that are able to offer curbside pickup, as well as automobile sales and car washes, with some restrictions. The governor also intends to allow drive-in religious services with one household per vehicle. Inslee indicated, beginning this week, additional outdoor activities will be allowed, but the ban on large gatherings remains in place.

The phases each span at least three weeks, which is expected to provide government and health officials enough time to make sure the plan is working. Counties that haven’t been as hard hit by the COVID-19 virus could request to begin reopening at a faster rate, though they must meet certain criteria.

The second phase would allow for the opening of hair salons and barbershops, and restaurants to 50% capacity and tables of no more than five people. New construction could commence, and some in-store retail shopping could resume, too. Additional outdoor and social activities will be allowed to resume, including camping and gatherings of five or fewer people.

Under Gov. Inslee’s third phase, gatherings of 50 people or fewer, as well as the resumption of indoor sports activities and non-essential travel, would be allowed. The final fourth phase would allow most public interactions to resume, though social distancing measures would still likely be necessary.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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