Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of the Safe Start proclamation until August 6.
This extension clarifies the interaction between Safe Start and Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman's facial coverings order. It includes:
The governor also announced additional clarification today for restaurant and taverns in Phases 2 and 3. This comes as more counties move forward under Washington’s Safe Start recovery plan.
- The Yakima County business prohibition is extended statewide: No business may operate, allow a customer to enter a business, or conduct in-person business with a customer in any public setting unless the customer is wearing a face covering (as required, and with the exceptions outlined, in Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03;
- Individuals are prohibited from entering a place of business without wearing a face covering (again, per Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03); and
- Employers must notify the employer’s local health jurisdiction within 24 hours if the employer suspects COVID-19 is spreading in the employer’s workplace, or if the employer is aware of 2 or more employees who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period.
Under this guidance, bar-style seating and live music are hereby prohibited in Phase 2 and Phase 3.
Additionally, restaurants and taverns in Phase 2 or beyond are now permitted to resume self-service buffets, salad bars, salsa bars, and other similar communal food sources and drink stations, subject to business adherence to safety standards.
Find the full memo here.
For the latest COVID-19 information and resources visit coronavirus.wa.gov.
On May 31st, 2020 Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-25.4 and outlined his "Safe Start" plan for a county-by-county phased reopening. Under the plan, businesses and activities will reopen in phases with adequate social distancing measures & health standards in place. Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry.
Essential Business Guidance
Many parts of the economy are already allowed to operate safely as essential businesses. For a list of essential businesses click here.
Phase 1 Business Activity Guidelines
*Modified Phase 1 Guidance
Phase 2 Business Activity Guidelines
- Additional Guidance on Voluntary Contact Information – issued May 15
- Card Rooms – issued June 12
- Construction – issued May 15 (updated July 2)
- Curbside Library Services – issued June 2
- Dine-in restaurants and taverns – issued May 11 (updated July 7)
- Drive-in Theaters – issued June 2
- Domestic Services – issued June 9
- Fitness – issued May 19 (updated June 5)
- Higher Education – issued June 1
- In-store retail - issued May 12
- Manufacturing operations - issued May 12
- Outdoor Recreation – issued May 14 (updated June 9)
- Outdoor Recreation- Golf – issued May 15 (updated June 9)
- Personal Services (including Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Master Estheticians, Manicurists, Nail Salon Workers, Electrologists, Permanent Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Cosmetology Schools and Esthetics Schools) - issued May 13
- Pet Grooming – issued May 18
- Professional Photography – issued May 15
- Professional Services - issued May 13 (updated June 26)
- Real Estate – issued May 19
- Religious and Faith Organizations – issued May 27 (updated June 18)
- Sporting Activities – issued June 5
- Weddings, Funeral and Memorial Services – issued June 18
Phase 3 Business Activity Guidelines