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Governor Inslee's COVID-19 Order

COVID-19 Guidance

In order to slow the spread of rapidly increasing COVID cases in our state and ensure that

hospital and medical systems are not overwhelmed, we are taking the very difficult but

necessary steps to protect public health.

We recognize this will cause financial hardship for many businesses and the governor and staff are exploring ways to mitigate the impacts.

• From midnight on Monday, November 16 through Monday, December 14, all counties in

Washington rollback to the restrictions outlined below.

Restriction modifications for all counties effective midnight on Monday, November 16, unless

otherwise noted. If the activity is not listed, it should follow its current guidance. All K

12/higher education, health care, and childcare are exempt from the new restrictions and will follow current guidance. These restrictions do not apply to courts and judicial branch-related proceedings.

1. 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 COVID

19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. A household is defined as

individuals residing in the same domicile.

2. Outdoor Social Gatherings shall be limited to five (5) people from outside your


3. 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 Outdoor Dining Guidance . Table size for outdoor dining is limited to

a maximum of five (5) people. These modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into

effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

4. 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

listed above.

5. Bowling Centers are closed for indoor service.

6. 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.

▪ Miscellaneous venues include: convention/conference centers, designated

meeting spaces in a hotel, events centers, fairgrounds, sporting arenas, nonprofit

establishment, or a substantially similar venue .

7. Movie Theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are permitted and

must continue to follow current drive-in movie theater guidance.

8. Museums/Zoos/Aquariums are closed for indoor service.

9. Real Estate: Open houses are prohibited.

10. 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


11. 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


12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Personal Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.

▪ Personal service providers include: cosmetologists, cosmetology testing,

hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon

workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tanning salons, and tattoo


15. 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.

16. 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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