Effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The Governor also announced a new third phase of the Roadmap, a return for in-person spectators for professional and high school sports.
Sports guidance will change in Phase 3 to allow in-person spectators at events for the first time in a year. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. The change affects both professional and high school sports, as well as motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.
Additionally, the Governor announced that starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters, and law enforcement, among others. Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk.
Read the rest of the story on the Governor’s Medium page.
COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers
On January 5, Governor Inslee announced the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, which lays out the process to safely reopen Washington state. The plan includes guidance for certain businesses and industries to help protect Washingtonians and minimize the spread of COVID-19.
The full Healthy Washington phased chart is available here.
Important Reference Documents
- Regional Phase Status(“Roadmap to Recovery”)
- Outdoor and Open-air Structures(with FAQ)
- Facial Coverings Guidance for Businesses
- Voluntary Contact Information
Healthy Washington Requirements
The following business activities must adhere to the occupancy and operation requirements outlined for their region’s Healthy Washington phase:
Religious and Faith-Based Organizations
Eating and Drinking Establishments
Weddings, Funerals and Events
Sports, Recreation and Fitness
- Fitness and Training
- Outdoor Recreation
- Water Recreation
- Sporting Activities
- Racing: non-motorized and motorized
Indoor Entertainment Establishments
Outdoor Entertainment Establishments
All employers must follow COVID-19 prevention protocols for employees as required by the Department of Labor and Industries. Industry-specific workplace requirements are listed below:
Additional Industry Requirements
- Agricultural Industry
- Agricultural Events
- Car Washes
- Domestic Services
- In Store Retail
- Miscellaneous Venues
- Motion Picture Industry
- Outdoor Maintenance/Landscaping
- Pet Grooming
- Professional Photography
- Real Estate
- Recovery Support Groups
- Theater and Performing Arts
- Vehicle and Vessel Sales
- Workforce Education Programs
For additional industry-specific safety practices, including those for Farm and Agricultural Workers, Food Workers and Establishments, schools, healthcare providers, and others, please visit the Department of Health’s Resources and Recommendations Page.
Source: Brynn Brady