Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new shelter-in-place order for Washington on Monday. He didn't use the words "shelter-in-place," choosing to call it rather "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" like an afterschool PBS special. Inslee laid out some restrictions in his press conference—No beach parties! No pickup basketball! No sleepovers!—but Washingtonians still aren't clear on what the fuck they can or can't do.
What am I allowed to do as a person in this world?
Besides living and breathing and social distancing, what personal freedoms do you have left outside of jerking it to Survivor reruns? A lot!
Places that are open:
Everything I listed above (grocery stores, restaurants, banks, etc.). Additionally, gas stations are open, as are food banks, laundromats, and pharmacies.
Places that are for-sure, definitely closed:
Nail salons, hair salons and barber shops, spas, yoga studios, and fitness centers, movie theaters, and anywhere where you are in direct contact with another human being or group of human beings. For some of these, you can find at-home solutions like, for instance cutting your own hair or working out to exercise videos.
Closed but deliverable:
If you have a local store that you'd like to patronize, check to see if they're offering delivery options. I know book stores like Third Place Books are delivering books and some bars (and fancy places) are doing take-out booze and food.
The big takeaway from this Stay Home, Stay Healthy story is that this is hard. Nobody wants to stay inside and be alone, especially when it's a glorious spring day. But, this virus is spreading and spreading fast and the only thing that can fight that spread is if we stay away from each other. You may be feeling glum—I know I'm feeling glum—but make video-chatting dates with your friends, go for walks, join a Quarantine Club, read some poetry, watch some of these hopeful messages to Seattle, and you'll get through it. We'll get through it together.