By John McCallum
Managing Editor 



Last updated 3/26/2020 at 5:58pm

OLYMPIA – State officials said a proclamation announced by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday night requiring everyone to stay home in order to attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it carries COVID-19 is legal and will be enforced.

At a press conference after Inslee’s statewide address at 5:30 p.m., Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said the order is enforceable under the Revised Code of Washington (43.06.220 Section 5) as a gross misdemeanor only if that person had knowledge of the order prior to be contacted by law enforcement.

Batiste said law enforcement...

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