The Town of Yarrow Point wants to remind our residents that landscaping & house cleaning services are not defined as “essential services” and therefore not authorized under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation. We encourage you to reach out to your service providers to take appropriate actions in suspending services during this time.
- Governor Inslee held a press conference (3-30-2020) at which he announced a three tiered approach to enforcement of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for businesses not deemed essential:
- State or local authorities who receive a complaint of a failure to comply with the order are expected to make initial contact, identify any violation, and communicate the need to comply;
- If voluntary compliance does not occur, the state will take enforcement action that could include citations, fines, suspension of permits, or revocation of business licenses;
- If compliance still does not occur, local and state authorities can refer complaints to the Attorney General for criminal or civil charges. Violating the Governor’s emergency orders can amount to a gross misdemeanor.
The Governor stressed that voluntary compliance with the order is the goal and that litigation would only be pursued as a last resort. The Governor also announced an online form to submit complaints of violations of the Stay Home order and social distancing guidelines will be available at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/. The Governor and others who spoke at the press conference also stressed that people should not call 911 to report violations. Governor Inslee was joined at the press conference by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste. Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl appeared by video conference. Ferguson also referenced non-compliance by landlords on the evictions ban.