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Inslee rescinds three proclamations ahead of June 30 reopening

On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee rescinded three separate proclamations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three proclamations being rescinded include:

Proclamation 20-30 which suspended job search requirements for those who were seeking Unemployment Insurance (UI). This amendment will be rescinded and go into effect on July 4, 2021. 

Proclamation 20-46 is being replaced by Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5115 and will go into effect immediately. Proclamation 20-46 provided protection for high-risk workers, ESSB 5115 will implement a new law protecting high-risk employees in the event of a declared public health emergency. This law is also known as the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA). The rescission of Proclamation 20-46 goes into effect June 28, 2021, HELSA/ESSB 5115 will be implemented immediately. 

Proclamation 20-76 was put in place to limit fees third-party delivery services could charge restaurants to deliver food to consumers. This rescission goes into effect immediately. 

Inslee has stated the state will reopen if 70% of the population age 16 and older receive at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

Inslee stated in a public address last week:

“Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70% of people 16 and up initiating vaccinations – whichever happens first. We use age 16 and up as that population was eligible when we made the announcement.”

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reports around 67.8% of the population 16 and older have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine.

In the closing of Inslee’s proclamation, he states Washingtonians can expect more proclamations to be rescinded in the coming days, prior to Washington’s scheduled reopening.

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