Gov. Jay Inslee has issued guidance for restarting essential workforce development programs under the “Safe Start” plan, a phased approach to re-open Washington’s economy.

In Phase 1, low-risk higher education and critical infrastructure workforce training work are allowed to resume, effective May 5.

“We need trained and skilled Washington workers now more than ever,” Inslee stated. “This epidemic has reminded us that essential workers truly are essential, and we need to treat them as such by ensuring that they get the training they need to be successful and safe.”

Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate social distancing measures and worker safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another.

Click here for the full list of guidance for all current businesses, including the essential workforce education program standards.

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