Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand extends guidance on large events through end of 2020

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand on Monday extended his guidance on cancelling large scale events through 2020 in light of continually rising COVID-19 cases. This extension was supported unanimously by the Skagit County Board of Health. On May 6, 2020, Dr. Leibrand recommended cancelling or postponing large scale events including fairs, parades, festivals, overnight residential camps, fireworks displays and any other large group gatherings through the summer. He has now extended this recommendation through December 31, 2020. Skagit County is currently in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start—Reopening Washington Plan, and meets two of the five metrics     (read more)

Inslee extends Safe Start proclamation, eviction moratorium

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington's Safe Start Phased Reopening plan. This extension changes guidance and regulations for activities shown to provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, including restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms. Guidance for restaurants/taverns and card rooms are being issued today; the remaining guidance will be issued early next week. The proclamation also adopts the updated facial covering order, 20-03.1, issued today by the secretary of Health. The proclamation,     (read more)

Inslee announces rollbacks to some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman on Thursday announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. It has been four months since the governor announced the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Since then, cases in Washington have risen from 2,000 to almost 50,000, and deaths have increased from 110 to nearly 1,500. To combat the rising numbers, the governor and secretary are changing guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The     (read more)

Secretary of State’s Office responds to concerns over possible illegal electioneering

(OLYMPIA)- The Washington Office of the Secretary of State issued the following response to concerns of potential illegal activity to influence voters in the 42nd Legislative District. Concerns emerged after a candidate running in the district posted a photo on Facebook of a ballot wrapped between a campaign mail piece. “The Office of the Secretary of State takes allegations of illegal electioneering or misconduct seriously, which is why we have requested the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Postal Service, and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate. Until those federal investigations have concluded and we have     (read more)

Revenue to expand Voluntary Disclosure Program

(OLYMPIA)- The Department of Revenue will relax eligibility requirements for participation in the Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) program, which allows unregistered businesses to come forward voluntarily to register and pay prior tax obligations. Revenue is temporarily expanding the criteria for the VDA, effective July 15, 2020, through Nov. 30, 2020, to encourage more unregistered businesses to voluntarily come forward to register and pay past and future tax liabilities. Participation was previously limited to those businesses that never registered with or reported taxes to the state, and those that had never been contacted for enforcement purposes. Under the temporary expansion, businesses are eligible if     (read more)