COVID-19 Updates2020-04-03T14:48:29-07:00

COVID-19 Updates

PHASE 3 UPDATE – Public Meetings May Increase Occupancy for In-Person Attendees

By Allison Beard of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. – April 2021 As of March 22, 2021, all Washington counties advanced to Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. Since then, guidance related to specific industries under Phase 3 have been released by the Governor’s office including a general increase [...]

PHASE 3 UPDATE – Expanded Occupancy for In-Person Public Meetings Likely

Governor Inslee announced that on March 22, 2021 the entire state will advance to Phase 3 of his Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan.  The state’s recovery plan will revert to a county-by-county evaluation analysis and metrics will be reviewed by the state every three weeks. Governor Inslee’s March 11 announcement states that Phase [...]

The Transition to In-Person Meetings under Washington’s Phase 2

Governor Inslee has advanced most of the State’s regions into Phase 2 under the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. What does this mean for public agencies and how does this affect Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”) requirements? The latest Proclamation regarding the OPMA is Proclamation 20-28.15, which extended previous OPMA suspensions and prohibitions [...]

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination *Updated April 8, 2021 With COVID-19 vaccination becoming more widely available, employers have started asking whether they can require employees to be vaccinated.  The answer is yes, with certain limitations.  For example, the employer may need to provide reasonable accommodations in the case of a disability or sincerely held religious belief. Of [...]

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