Volunteer Opportunities/How to Help:
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Community Face Mask Program:
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In need of assistance during COVID-19:
Fill out OlyCAP’s request for assistance form found here.
Jefferson County in Phase 2 of "Safe Start" Reopening Plan
On May 23, Jefferson County received approval to move into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s "Safe Start" phased approach for resuming recreational, social and business activities, subject to conditions. Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces. Use of a cloth face covering is strongly recommended. Guidance and safety criteria for reopening can be found on the "Safe Start" webpage. Camping and indoor retail sales in Jefferson County remain prohibited until additional neighboring counties also enter Phase 2. See the tables below for what’s open and what’s not.
Governor Inslee Issues Stay at Home Order - 3/23/20 at 5:30PM:
Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide order for residents to stay at home unless pursuing essential activities.
• This IS NOT the same as shelter in place. This order has now been extended through May 4, 2020.
• Emergency services will not be affected by the order, do not call 911 to report "Stay at Home" violators. 911 should be used for life-threatening emergencies only.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office press release on the Governor’s Stay at Home/Stay Safe order can be found here.
Other information on Stay-at-Home/Stay Healthy:
Effective at midnight on March 25, 2020, all non-essential businesses in Washington State shall cease operations except for performing basic minimum operations. All essential businesses are encouraged to remain open and maintain operations, but must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Department of Labor or the Washington State Department of Health Guidelines. This prohibition shall remain in effect now through May 4, 2020. Click here to access the Governor’s list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, which lists Essential Businesses that will be allowed to remain open.
WA State Department of Commerce Business and Workers Weekly Newsletter:
The state Economic and Resiliency Team has launched a weekly newsletter to provide news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The newsletter provides information on unemployment insurance, the announcement of a Business Response Center to answer general business inquiries around financial help, information about the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program, and more.
Information for Businesses from Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce:
Click here to access the Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide.
City of Port Townsend Takes Early Action to Limit COVID-19 Financial Impacts:
To read the press release from City Manager John Mauro, click here.
Vacation rentals are reminded to remain closed during the Stay-at-Home/Stay-Safe order. To read the press release from Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County’s Public Health Officer, click here.
Grocery Stores and Restaurants:
Information about the current status of local grocery stores and restaurants can be found on https://L2020.org. Click on the COVID-19 tab at the top of the page. This information will be updated regularly.
24 Hour Crisis Hotline:
If you need to talk with someone about your concerns during this stressful time call the Local 24 hour Crisis Hotline at: 1-888-910-0416.
For information about getting help from OlyCAP or volunteering through OlyCAP, log on to https://olycap.org.