As the cases of coronavirus continue to climb in the United States of America, the cannabis dispensaries in Washington have been permitted to remain operational. However, the state Governor Jay Inslee on Monday has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses.
Jay Inslee has issued the directive of staying at home in an effort to check the further spread of deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to a report, the total number of cases in the USA has now mounted to 68,489, with 1032 people have already died due to the virus so far.
278 cases have already been reported, and five people have died due to the virus today only.
Jay Inslee’s order has become effective for citizens right from Monday afternoon and will become effective for business organizations on Wednesday. The Governor’s order “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” is scheduled to continue for two weeks.
As per the order, all the businesses considered to be non-essential will stop operations that may not be completed by workers from home. Washington citizens have been asked to pay heed to state public health advisories of staying home as reports are surfacing that now America may emerge as the new epicenter of the highly contagious pandemic. Residents in Washington can step out of their homes only to purse important activities.
Social distancing has emerged as the key to contain the spread of the virus. Reports state that to remain open for business, cannabis retailers must limit the number of customers that are allowed in the store at one time to begin the necessary social distancing protocols.
Meanwhile, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board or WSLCB has permitted dispensaries to permit customers to collect their orders outside the business at curbside. Earlier, the practice was followed only for medical cannabis patients.