Stay Home - Stay Healthy

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay-Home-Stay-Healthy” proclamation, which will be in effect until April 8th, 2020, with potential to extend.

This is a challenging time for you, your family, and the nation.  After listening to the public address, Governor Inslee provided, you and or your nanny may find yourself worried and having many questions. You may be wondering what this means for your family and if your nanny can return to their workplace during this order. 

I encourage families to be diligent to the Governor’s orders and to Stay Home whenever possible. My genuine hope is that we will all be thankful for the sacrifices each of us make today and during this 14-day period, so we can allow for the days ahead with our growing communities.

I have been working hard on getting as many questions answered as possible with calls to the Governor’s office, emailing the military, and reaching out to other local agencies.

The Nanny Consultant is available to answer any questions or concerns regarding your employee or your employment. I am here to offer support, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are in this together! #TNCommunityStrong 


Please review, Governor Inslee’s Executive Order here file:///C:/Users/xras7/Downloads/final-wa-essential-critical-infrastructure-workers-03.23.2020.pdf


Is my nanny considered an essential worker?


First determine if you meet the criteria for “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”  If you meet the designated needs to maintain continuity of operations of Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, then the nanny employed by you is also considered an essential worker. Meaning, your employed nanny would be exempt from the Stay at Home Proclamation.   If after review of the above order, you as the employer, do not meet the criteria for “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” and you are not required to report to work, then your employed nanny would NOT qualify as an essential worker either. This would mean your employed nanny should NOT travel to their workplace to provide childcare during the Stay at Home proclamation allotted time period.

There are many questions around this and I am diligently trying to get them answered.


What if during this time a family decides to temporarily lay off their nanny? What are the next steps?


Any nanny may be considered for unemployment. They would need to apply for unemployment benefits, more information about qualifications, and the application process can be found here.


What if my family needs a temporary nanny during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation?


The Nanny Consultant by morning Wednesday March 25th, 2020 will have information about low cost short term temporary placements. Sound Care Agency who I highly recommend is completing On Call placements for families that are required to work under the order above.

Please remember this crisis is temporary and though this pandemic is a tragic and inconvenient, my hope remains that we will all be thankful for the sacrifices we make, today and this week, to allow for the days ahead within our communities.


Is a business pass or special credentialing necessary at this time?

No, at this time a business pass or special credentialing is not applicable under the current proclamation.


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