One of the problems I am starting to see here in WA is the lockdown (or stay at home, whatever is is called) has been around long enough for the professional bureaucrats to get ahold of the details. The general public will follow guidance that is clear and simple. Mealy mouthed red tape incomprehensible rules invite people to find loopholes.
I sent an inquiry with a simple question: I am working solo on remodelling my own house while I live there…can I drive my construction demo debris to the transfer station to dispose? Here is the answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. The Governor has deliberated on this issue extensively and does not take this decision lightly. Nonetheless, he believes that the best way to control the spread of COVID-19 is to temporarily limit the interactions on construction sites as much as possible. In his review of the issue, the Governor identified what he believes are the most critical activities within construction, and he highlighted those in his memo on March 25, 2020. In this case, projects supporting non-essential activities may be completed to “prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.” Kindly note, however, that damage must be imminent and not remote. The only other permitted residential construction is the work necessary to restore a single bathroom or kitchen in order to preserve access to hygiene and nutrition.
Lastly, please know that all businesses may continue to perform minimum basic operations to a) maintain the value of their inventory, b) preserve the condition of their premises and equipment, c) ensure security, d) process payroll and employee benefits, and e) conduct related functions. However, any activity described above must still adhere to the guidelines around social distancing and sanitation referenced in Proclamation 20-25 or any subsequent proclamation related to essential businesses.
Please remember to practice social distancing in all of your interactions.
Please do not respond to this email because the account is not monitored. The account is used by the Business Response Team with the Washington State Emergency Operations Center only to provide responses to inquiries regarding the intake form you completed. Please visit coronavirus.wa.gov for ongoing guidance.
This response is intended only to provide guidance on Proclamation 20-25 and does not grant any other license, certification, or privilege.
Proclamation 20-25 does not require anyone to carry documentation or certification proving that they are in compliance. Similarly, no state or local agency will be providing special certification that an activity is essential.
I would be happier with a “no” or “yes”.