Updated May 14, 2021
On May 13, Governor Inslee announced a plan to move forward in his Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan.
On Tuesday, May 18, all counties will move or stay in Phase 3, which allows indoor service at 50% capacity and a limit of 10 people per table.
In addition, the Governor announced that the state will entirely reopen on June 30, or sooner if 70% of eligible Washington residents receive at least their first vaccine. As soon as this happens, COVID restrictions on most industries – including eating and drinking establishments – will be lifted.
The Governor also announced that Washington will adopt the CDC's new federal guidelines for masks. This new guidance is for fully vaccinated people, meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Based on discussions with the Governor’s office, effective immediately:
- Vaccinated staff and patrons may remove their masks, indoors and outdoors.
- Businesses are not required to enforce masking for non-vaccinated patrons. This is consistent with the current mask order.
- Businesses are not required to check vaccination cards or any other proof of vaccination.
- Businesses may still adopt a policy that masks are required for all patrons and a policy to check for proof of vaccination.
This mask guidance is subject to change.
There is still a food requirement for indoor service in Phase 3, although it was updated on March 5. The new guidance requires either minimal food service or an allowance for food to be brought in from a restaurant. Please note that no longer are both required.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (Updated 04/07/21)
The full guidance on live music and entertainment in Phase 3 is here.
GENERAL COVID-19 RESOURCES
Washington Wine Institute:
State and Federal Resources for Employers & Employees
Washington Retail Association:
Washington: Department of Health
Regional Travel & Tourism:
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