Cannabis dispensaries in Washington will be allowed to remain open during the closure of nonessential businesses ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. The Democratic governor issued the stay-at-home order in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Inslee’s order went into effect for residents immediately on Monday afternoon and will be effective for businesses on Wednesday. The governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order is slated to last for at least two weeks.
The order requires all businesses deemed non essential to cease operations that cannot be completed by workers remotely from home. Washington residents were directed to heed state public health advisories to stay home except to pursue an essential activity.
Businesses and services deemed essential are permitted to remain in operation and were directed to enact social distancing protocols to protect employees and customers. The state issued a 14-page list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to clarify the businesses and services that will be permitted to keep their employees on the job.
Among the list are employees that work at essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, take-out restaurants, and childcare providers. The list also includes health care and public health workers and worksites