On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered Washington state residents to stay home to combat the spread of the coronavirus. His directive adds to previous orders to close schools, restaurants and social gatherings. Here’s a look at what is allowed and not under the new “Stay at home, stay healthy” mandate.



(But remember to keep <— 6 feet —> social distance from other people.)

Grocery shopping


Ordering takeout from restaurants


Attending medical appointments and going to pharmacies


Taking a walk, running, biking and gardening


Going to gas stations, food banks, banks and laundromats


Going to work if your job is part of essential businesses



Going to weddings or funerals or religious services


Attending or playing in sports games and practices


Participating in any in-person leisure, hobby or social clubs


Going to concerts, festivals, parades, theaters, museums, art galleries or fundraisers


Working out at a gym or fitness center


Going to barbers, nail salons or tattoo parlors


Illustrations by Gabriel Campanario, Seattle Times news artist

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