WENATCHEE — With new plaintiffs looking to join the case, a ruling was postponed Monday in a lawsuit filed by Chelan County residents challenging Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.”
The plaintiffs claim there is no longer a pandemic emergency and are looking to transfer authority back to local authorities.
Joel Ard, attorney for the plaintiffs, motioned to combine the case in Chelan County Superior Court with a nearly identical case filed in Douglas County Superior Court. If the motion is successful, the number of plaintiffs will top 45.
Among the plaintiffs are elected officials, business owners and residents negatively affected by COVID-19 emergency order and its restrictions. Three elected officials who are members of the Chelan-Douglas Health District’s board are no longer part to the lawsuit.
The case was continued until 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The governor’s attorneys say an emergency exists as long as there is a chance of a second coronavirus outbreak. They’re also seeking to move the case to Thurston County Superior Court as it’s the county in which the emergency order was issued.