Under state law, Gov. Inslee could cancel large public and private gatherings. He also could set a curfew banning people from being out in public during certain times, prohibit the use of certain streets and highways, and bar the sale of items that could endanger the health of Washington residents. Anyone violating such orders could be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor. (Seattle Times)
Even if state-wide restrictions are not enacted, local city and county governments could impose their own restrictions. For example, Seattle's emergency declaration has given Mayor Jenny Durkan the ability to bypass regulations usually required for spending, contracting, borrowing, temporary hiring and siting facilities. Seattle city ordinances say Durkan has the authority to close streets and businesses, cancel events, order curfews and impose price controls.
According to the CDC "States have police power functions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of persons within their borders. To control the spread of disease within their borders, states have laws to enforce the use of isolation and quarantine."
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