Washington governor Jay Inslee will not be "forcing any legally binding orders," for residents to quarantine themselves. He reiterated he could change his stance if we do not "change our ways," during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
"Perhaps the force of law will not be necessary if -- if Washingtonians act with the force of compassion and the force of responsibility, and the force of a sense that we are all in this together."
Inslee is pleading with state residents to stay home and practice social distancing.
The governor did announce new protections for at-risk employees -- older adults and people with underlying health conditions. Under the new protections those at-risk employees may self-isolate themselves without fear of losing their jobs.
Inslee says we "have not done enough," due to "a continuation of too many social interactions."