Washington Phased Reopening
1/18/21 Newest Covid-19 “Healthy Washington” Press Conference:
Current phase plan by region:
Governor Inslee announced his new “re-opening” plan. New details will be added as we learn them. Key features include:
- Replacing the current county by county phase approach with 8 regions (designated by hospital care geographic units).
- At the moment, there is only Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1 is restricted per current guidance, with the exception that fitness and some indoor sports activities will be allowed to open under tight restrictions.
- Restaurants, entertainment, theaters, and bowling remain closed
- Metrics that will be monitored, and reported every Friday to gauge movement to Phase 2 include:
- Decline of 10% in COVID hospitalizations over a 14 day period compared to the previous 14 day period
- Decline of 10% in COVID cases over a 14 day period compared to the previous 14 day period
- Less than 90% ICU occupied beds
- Less than 10% COVID positive test rates
- If a region meets all the criteria above, they move to Phase 2; allowing restaurants, theaters, and others at 25% occupancy
- There was no discussion beyond Phase 2
- If a region is in Phase 2 and their data “deteriorates” they will be moved back to Phase 1
- To stay in Phase 2, the region must meet three of the criteria listed; with some flexibility for “flat” rate of new COVID infections
The first data will be posted on Friday and the new system takes effect on Monday, January 11.
Newest News Conferences from Governor Inslee
Governor Inslee rolls back restrictions from midnight, Monday Nov 16- Monday , Dec 14.
Indoor Social Gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited
unless they (a) quarantine for fourteen days (14) prior to the social gathering; or (b)
quarantine for seven (7) days prior to the social gathering and receive a negative COVID19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. A household is defined as individuals residing in the same domicile.
Outdoor Social Gatherings shall be limited to five (5) people from outside your
Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go
service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining must comply with the
requirements of the Open Air and Outdoor Dining Requirements.
- Limited one seating group to a maximum of 6 or fewer people.
- Keep doors and windows open when the structure is occupied by staff.
- Ensure the structure is aired out and sanitized between groups. Wait 10 minutes to air the structure out before cleaning and sanitizing.
- Use ordering and service methods to reduce or limit employee time in the occupied pod;employees serving the pod must, at a minimum, use disposable masks for medium risk.
Fitness Facilities and Gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted but are subject to and limited by the outdoor social gathering restriction
Bowling Centers are closed for indoor service.
Miscellaneous Venues: All retail activities and business meetings are prohibited. Only
professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely, as well as all court
and judicial branch-related proceedings, are allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room
is limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
meeting spaces in a hotel, events centers, fairgrounds, sporting arenas, nonprofit
establishment, or a substantially similar venue.
Movie Theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are permitted and must continue to follow current drive-in movie theater guidance.
Museums/Zoos/Aquariums are closed for indoor service.
Real Estate: Open houses are prohibited.
Wedding and Funerals: Ceremonies are limited to a total of no more than 30 people.
Indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are prohibited.
In-Store Retail shall be limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, and
common/congregate seating areas and indoor dining facilities such as food courts are
Religious Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. Congregation members/attendees must wear facial
coverings at all times and congregation singing is prohibited. No choir, band, or
ensemble shall perform during the service. Vocal or instrumental soloists are permitted to perform, and vocal soloists may have a single accompanist. Outdoor services must follow the Outdoor Dining Guidance, found here, applicable to the structure or facility.
Professional Services are required to mandate that employees work from home when
possible and close offices to the public if possible. Any office that must remain open
must limit occupancy to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.
Personal Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.
hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon
workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tanning salons, and tattoo
Long-term Care Facilities: Outdoor visits are permitted. Indoor visits are prohibited, but
individual exceptions for an essential support person or end-of-life care are permitted.
These restrictions are also extended to the facilities in Proclamation 20-74, et seq. All
other provisions of Proclamations 20-66, et seq., and 20-74, et seq., including all
preliminary criteria to allow any visitors, remain in effect.
Youth and Adult Sporting Activities: Indoor activities and all contests and games are
prohibited. Outdoor activities shall be limited to intra-team practices only, with facial
coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times
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Covid-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers
Modified phase one cheat sheet
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Inslee updates guidance for weddings and funerals
Wedding and Funeral Guidance
The update allows wedding and funeral receptions to resume, as long as they meet specific requirements.
- 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
Read the full guidance document:
and associated memo: