Gov. Inslee announces extension of moritorium and loosening long term care visitations and more
Inslee announces extension of eviction moratorium, expansion of vaccine eligibility, long-term care visitations may resume
- Olympia, WA
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that the statewide eviction moratorium will be extended through June 20, as well as upcoming vaccine eligibility expansion, including restaurant workers and Washingtonians 60 and older. He also announced that effective immediately, visitations at long-term care facilities and nursing homes may resume.
In addition, the state Department of Health (DOH) today launched a new web tool to help people find open vaccination appointments near them.
Eviction moratorium extension
The governor announced that the statewide eviction moratorium will be extended through June 30, 2021. The moratorium, first put in place exactly a year ago today, has been a vital protection for families struggling with the persistent economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic’s economic toll continues to burden many Washingtonians, particularly tenants,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday.“People need these supports right now. There is no other way to look at it.”
Since the moratorium was first instituted, hundreds of millions of dollars have gone toward rental assistance — for both tenants and landlords. Additional rental assistance will be available through the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act from the federal government.