Gov. Jay Inslee takes a phone call March 23 just before speaking about additional plans to slow the spread of coronavirus from his office in Olympia. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gov. Jay Inslee takes a phone call March 23 just before speaking about additional plans to slow the spread of coronavirus from his office in Olympia. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee gives guidance for funerals, real estate, tribes

He gave the go-ahead for funerals, but only immediate families can attend.

In a trio of letters written Friday and Saturday, Gov. Jay Inslee has offered additional guidance for what his stay-at-home order means for funeral services, real estate and tribes.

Funeral services can move forward, he wrote, given that they’re only attended by immediate family members of the deceased, and that social distancing guidelines are followed. Inslee also clarified that his proclamation doesn’t prohibit embalming.

Real estate and mortgage lending are considered essential activities, but Inslee gave some restrictions. He’s prohibiting in-person meetings with customers, except to view a property or sign the necessary documents. Even then, property viewings, inspections, appraisals and final walk-throughs are to be arranged by appointment, and no more than two people can be on site at any one time — with social distancing in mind. Open houses are off limits. Otherwise, Inslee wrote, all new real estate listings will have to be facilitated remotely.

Addressing the tribes, Inslee clarified that his emergency proclamation doesn’t apply to conduct on tribal lands. That applies to conduct of both residents and visitors.

“Tribal governments, as sovereign nations, are making their own decisions in response to the current COVID-19 emergency,” he wrote.

In Snohomish County, the Tulalip Tribes and the Stillaguamish Tribe have for the most part followed the state’s lead in taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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