Proclamation Violations & Enforcement

Proclamation Violations & Enforcement
Posted on 08/19/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2020
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
(509) 334-0802

PROCLAMATION VIOLATIONS

Governor Inslee’s proclamations were issued to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. There is no question that the proclamations have caused a significant disruption in all of our lives, but the trade-off is the health and safety of our community. The Pullman community has stepped up with voluntary compliance and we are all working together to support our local businesses.

The Pullman Police Department embraces the community-oriented policing model of active community engagement and cooperation. We strive to work in partnership with our community, recognizing the value of engagement and collaboration toward improving public safety. We stand between those who are law-abiding and those whose actions risk the health and safety of others.

Violations of the Governor’s proclamations not only put the violator’s health at risk, but the health of our entire community. We implore everyone to abide by Governor Inslee’s declarations. It is the right thing to do for you; it is the right thing to do for your community. We are in this together, and Pullman Police officers are here to help in keeping our community members safe and healthy.

Wear a mask  *  Stay 6 feet apart  *  Limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people

Pullman Officers will be enforcing the following:

  • Individual violating a proclamation requirement (facemask, social distancing; RCW 43.06.220(5))
    • Gross misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or 365 days jail
  • Individual violating an order issued by local or State Board of Health, or by local health official (facemask, social distancing; RCW 70.05.120(4))
    • Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $100 and/or 90 days jail
  • Person allowing a party or gathering with attendees not in compliance with facemask or social distancing requirements, or gatherings of more than 10 people (Pullman City Code 5.05.060)
    • Class 2 Civil infraction punishable by a $250 fine; $350 fine for subsequent violations
  • Failure to disperse a party/gathering as described above
    • Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $100 and/or 90 days jail (RCW 9A.84.020)

Violations involving WSU students will be reported to the WSU Center for Community Standards. WSU may take action in addition to any criminal or civil process. 

Business violations are not handled by local law enforcement. To report a business that is not following the proclamation, complete the report form provided by the State.


View details of the Governor’s Proclamations
Stay Home, Stay Healthy Overview
Face Mask Information & Requirements
Gathering Size Information & Requirements