Safe Start Washington

As stated in the Safe Start Washington plan, “Governor Jay Inslee, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.”

The Department of Health and local public health officials will monitor data to assess our state’s readiness for safely reopening and modifying physical distancing measures. In addition to a low and decreasing disease burden, readiness must be achieved in four key areas to proceed from the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to a full reopening of the state.
Four key areas to be achieved: 

  • Healthcare system readiness
  • Testing capacity and availability
  • Case and contact investigations, and
  • Ability to protect high-risk populations.

As the four above capabilities are met, the Governor will issue an order for the state to move into future phases.

The state will stay in every phase for a minimum of three weeks. During that time, the Department of Health and the Governor will re-evaluate the above indicators and determine if the state should remain in the current phase, advance to the next phase or return to the previous phase. No phase will last less than three weeks before moving to the next phase, in order to allow one complete disease incubation period plus an additional week to compile complete data and confirm trends.

Phase 1 

  •  Some outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking). State parks are open for day use only. Camping is not allowed. 
  • “Drive-in” spiritual services with one household per vehicle
  • Only essential travel
  • Essential businesses
  • Existing construction that meets agreed-upon criteria
  • Landscaping
  • Car sales
  • Retail — only curbside pickup
  • Car washes
  • Pet walkers

Phase 2 — Current

  • All outdoor recreation involving fewer than five people outside your household. Camping and beaches are expected to reopen.
  • Gatherings with no more than five people outside your household
  • Limited nonessential travel within proximity of home
  • All remaining manufacturing businesses
  • New construction
  • In home/domestic services such as nannies, house cleaning
  • Retail — in-store purchases allowed with some restrictions
  • Real estate
  • Office-based businesses. Telework remains strongly encouraged.
  • Barbers, hair salons, and nail salons
  • Restaurants — must operate at under 50% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of five

Phase 3 — Date to be determined

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities — capped at groups of 50 people
  • Recreational facilities such as public pools — operating at less than 50% capacity
  • All gatherings capped at 50 people
  • Nonessential travel can resume
  • Restaurants can operate at up to 75% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of 10
  • Bars at under 25% capacity
  • Indoor gyms at under 50% capacity
  • Movie theaters at under 50% capacity
  • Government offices open. Telework remains strongly encouraged.
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • All other businesses other than nightclubs and events with more than 50 people

Phase 4 — Date to be determined

  • Public interactions will be allowed to resume, though physical distancing should still be observed.
  • All recreational activity can resume.
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people can resume.
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Large sporting events

Social distancing and good hygiene habits must continue.

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