Washington State Response to COVID-19


Clark County in Phase 2 

Governor Inlsee announced modifications to the Safe Start Plan effective October 7, 2020.  

View the entire Washington Safe Start Plan here.  

Safe Start Plan Chart Effective October 7 (select to enlarge)

Safe Start Phases Chart Effective October 7

Latest Update 

October 7, 2020
Updates to Safe Start Plan

Libraries
These guidelines will align regulations with that of museums, allowing some indoor activity in Phase 2 at 25% capacity. Read the full guidance here

Youth/Adult Sports
These guidelines will align school related and non-school related sports guidance. Tournaments and crowds are prohibited in counties that aren’t in the low-risk category, but these guidelines will allow more school and non-school sports, both indoor and outdoor, according to a combination of local metrics. These metrics are aligned with state metrics for school opening recommendations. It also provides specific protocols for transportation, group size and facial coverings. Read the full guidance here

Movie Theaters
These guidelines will allow for occupancy in Phase 2 at 25% and 50% in Phase 3. Theater attendees will be required to maintain a 6 feet social distance between households and to wear facial coverings at all times when not eating and drinking. Read the full guidance here

Restaurants
These guidelines will move alcohol cutoff from 10 PM to 11 PM for Phases 2 and 3, as well as eliminates the indoor household member restriction for indoor dining. Additionally, the guidelines will allow for the increase of table size to six in Phase 2 and eight in Phase 3. Read the full guidance here

Wedding Receptions
These guidelines will increase the total number of wedding reception attendees to 50 in Phase 3.Read the full guidance here

Retail Events (craft sales shows, etc.)
These guidelines will expand the miscellaneous venues guidance to allow outdoor retail event shows in Phase 3 only, capping attendance to 200 people. Read the full guidance here

Real Estate
These guidelines will allow for open houses, but limit attendance by the counties' gathering size limit in accordance to their Phase. Read the full guidance here

Outdoor recreation (running/bicycling/etc.)
These guidelines will provide protocols for Phases 2 and 3 for races, bicycle tours and rides, runs, cross country skiing races, biathlons, canoe and kayak races, marathons, cross country running competitions, triathlons, and multi-sport competitions with more than 12 participants. Read the memo here. Read the full guidance here

Water Recreation Facilities
This guidance updates the current guidance for water recreational activities and facilities in Modified Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 counties. Read the memo here. Read the full guidance here.


Face Covering Requirement

Effective June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can’t stay 6 feet apart from others. More information, including a list of exemptions, is available within the links below.  

Governor Inslee and Secretary of Health Wiesman announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers, effective July 7, 2020. Wear a Mask; Stay 6' Apart; Wash your Hands

Effective July 25, the requirement extends to all shared spaces (not just those open to the public). This includes condo and apartment hallways, hotel hallways, and shared spaces in university housing and long-term care facilities See the updated facial covering order here.

Customers who are concerned that a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements can submit an anonymous complaint to the state here.

Updates


October 7, 2020
Updates to Safe Start Plan

Libraries
These guidelines will align regulations with that of museums, allowing some indoor activity in Phase 2 at 25% capacity. Read the full guidance here

Youth/Adult Sports
These guidelines will align school related and non-school related sports guidance. Tournaments and crowds are prohibited in counties that aren’t in the low-risk category, but these guidelines will allow more school and non-school sports, both indoor and outdoor, according to a combination of local metrics. These metrics are aligned with state metrics for school opening recommendations. It also provides specific protocols for transportation, group size and facial coverings. Read the full guidance here

Movie Theaters
These guidelines will allow for occupancy in Phase 2 at 25% and 50% in Phase 3. Theater attendees will be required to maintain a 6 feet social distance between households and to wear facial coverings at all times when not eating and drinking. Read the full guidance here

Restaurants
These guidelines will move alcohol cutoff from 10 PM to 11 PM for Phases 2 and 3, as well as eliminates the indoor household member restriction for indoor dining. Additionally, the guidelines will allow for the increase of table size to six in Phase 2 and eight in Phase 3. Read the full guidance here

Wedding Receptions
These guidelines will increase the total number of wedding reception attendees to 50 in Phase 3.Read the full guidance here

Retail Events (craft sales shows, etc.)
These guidelines will expand the miscellaneous venues guidance to allow outdoor retail event shows in Phase 3 only, capping attendance to 200 people. Read the full guidance here

Real Estate
These guidelines will allow for open houses, but limit attendance by the counties' gathering size limit in accordance to their Phase. Read the full guidance here

Outdoor recreation (running/bicycling/etc.)
These guidelines will provide protocols for Phases 2 and 3 for races, bicycle tours and rides, runs, cross country skiing races, biathlons, canoe and kayak races, marathons, cross country running competitions, triathlons, and multi-sport competitions with more than 12 participants. Read the memo here. Read the full guidance here

Water Recreation Facilities
This guidance updates the current guidance for water recreational activities and facilities in Modified Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 counties. Read the memo here. Read the full guidance here.


September 29, 2020 Update

Halloween Safety Tips
The WA State Department of Health is offering tips on how to help protect individuals and communities


September 17, 2020 Update

Weddings & Funerals
Governor Inslee updated guidance allowing wedding and funeral receptions to resume, as long as they meet specific requirements. See the updated guidance here.

  • Receptions and ceremonies must be capped at 30 people, or 25% of venue occupancy, whichever is less
  • All tables at the reception must be seated by household, with table sizes capped at 5 people
  • Facial coverings are required, and social distancing must be maintained


August 10, 2020 Update

Religious and Faith-based Organization Requirements
There is updated guidance as of August 10 for religious and faith-based services that reduces restrictions for some religious and faith-based services. Read the updated guidance here.


August 6, 2020  Update 

Long-term Care Visitations
Governor Inslee announces that visits to long-term care facilities may resume in a phased approach. View the details here.


August 3, 2020 Update

Governor Inslee announced updates to Phase 2 and Phase 3 Indoor Fitness and Training COVID-19 Reopening Requirements effective August 10, 2020. The update, available here, includes:

  • Clarification on when facial coverings are required in indoor fitness facilities
  • Changes to calculation of occupancy limits for large facilities
  • Allowance for fitness and sports training other than group fitness classes


July 31, 2020 Update

Governor Inslee announces updates and clarifications to July 24 guidance.

  • Restaurants, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries:  See updated guidance and related memo.
  • Overnight Group Summer Camps and Similar Activities:  See updated guidance  and related memo
  • View entire list of industry specific Reopening Guidance for Businesses & Workershere.

He also announced the extension (until September 1, 2020) of 25 proclamations in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. See the governor's proclamation page here.


July 23, 2020 Update

Governor Inslee extends and modifies Safe Start proclamation. See details here. The changes encourage fewer, shorter and safer interactions. Here is a summary:

  • Restaurants: Beginning July 30 and until Phase 4, indoor dining is limited to members of the same household; alcohol service must end by 10 pm; vending game areas (pool tables, darts, video games, etc.) are closed. In addition, bars are closed for indoor seating beginning July 30. (In Phase 3, table size is reduced to 5 people and restaurant occupancy is reduced to 50% capacity.)  Read updated guidance for restaurants/taverns here.
  • Fitness Guidance: Only five individuals (not counting staff) are allowed for indoor fitness services. They can participate in group fitness classes or exercise on their own. (In Phase 3, occupancy reduced to 25% and classes limited to 10 people.)
  • Wedding and funerals (secular or non-secular): Beginning August 6 and in all phases, the maximum indoor occupancy is 20% capacity or up to 30 people, which is less, as long as physical distancing is maintained between households; only ceremonies are permitted (no receptions).
  • Face coverings: The order requiring face coverings now extends to all shared spaces (not just those open to the public). This includes condo and apartment hallways, hotel hallways, and shared spaces in university housing and long-term care facilities This is effective July 25. See the updated facial covering order here.
  • No indoor family entertainment/recreational centers (mini golf, bowling alleys, arcades, etc.) until Phase 4.
  • No indoor card rooms until Phase 4. Read updated guidance for card rooms here
  • In Phase 3, movie theaters occupancy limited to 25% capacity.

Governor Inslee also announced the extension of the eviction moratorium through October 15 See the proclamation here.

June 5, 2020 - Clark County approved for Phase 2

Businesses approved to reopen in Phase 2 are required follow industry-specific guidance issued by the Governor. 

Businesses and industries eligible to reopen in Phase 2 include hair and nail salons, barbershops, real estate, pet grooming and new construction, among others. Retail stores can open for in-store purchases and restaurants can resume dine-in services with limitations on the number of diners.