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Inslee issues proclamations on COVID-19, winter weather, updates air travel

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Gov. Jay Inslee updated proclamation 20-83 regarding quarantine requirements for air travel. Inslee also released new proclamations related to winter weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19- Restrictions on Travelers

Amends Proclamation 20-83, which required air passengers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival from countries in which COVID-19 variants were detected. The amended order requires all air passengers to comply with the requirements ordered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when traveling from outside the U.S. to Washington. The CDC currently requires all such air passengers to obtain a negative viral COVID test within 3 days of travel or to present proof of recovery from COVID-19. For other types of travel, the Governor's travel advisory remains in place. This proclamation will remain in effect through the state of emergency established in Proclamation 20-05.

COVID-19 - Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) Informational Public Hearings

This proclamation allows EFSEC to remotely conduct its required informational public hearings regarding new energy project siting proposals, under RCW 80.50.090(1). Though allowing for remote informational public hearings, the order requires EFSEC to provide robust public participation options so that the public may observe the hearing in real time and offer public comment. This order goes into effect March 12, 2021, and expires on April 11, 2021, unless further extended.

Winter Weather

This proclamation establishes a winter weather state of emergency in response to a series of severe winter storms beginning on Dec. 17, 2020. By implementing the plans and procedures in the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan state agencies and departments are directed to assist with winter storm response and recovery.

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