Washington State Response to COVID-19
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.
- When am I Required to Wear a Face Mask or Cloth Face Covering?
- Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from the Washington State Department of Health
- Myths and Facts about Cloth Face Coverings from Washington State Department of Health
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.
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.