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Washington's Phased Approach

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Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Plan Updates. 

On January 11th 2021, Jay Inslee updated the phased approach system and reworked the activities available in each phase along with some of the guidelines that are required to progress and ease restrictions. You will find these changes below. One important thing to note is that Phases 3 and 4 have been removed, and all counties have been reset to Phase 1 as of the 11th. 

 

PHASE

  • Social Indoor Gatherings - Prohibited

  • Social Outdoor Gatherings - 10 people, 2 households

  • Worship Service - Indoor 25% max capacity

  • Retail Stores - Maximum 25% capacity (curbside pickup best) includes farmers markets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacy.

  • Professional Services - Remote Work best, 25% capacity otherwise

  • Personal Services - indoor max 25% capacity

  • Eating/Drinking Establishments - Indoor Dining Not allowed, Outdoor dining 11 PM Close, max 6 per table, 2 households per table. (Establishments w/ 21+ clientele and drinks only closed)

  • Weddings/Funerals - Ceremonies 30 people max, indoor receptions/gatherings prohibited. 

  • Indoor Recreation/Fitness Establishments - Low Risk Sports w/ no contact practice/training with 5 athlete max OK. Appointment based fitness training 45 min/ max OK, 1 client per room or 500 sq Ft/ for large facilities. 

  • Outdoor Sports/Fitness - Low/moderate risk sports ok for practice/training (no tournaments). Outdoor guided activities, hunting, fishing, motorsports, parks, camping, hiking, biking, running, snow sports, permitted.

  • Indoor Entertainment Establishments - Private/rental tours for 1 household 6 people cap. General admission prohibited. 

  • Outdoor Entertainment Establishments - Ticketed events only, groups 10 max, 2 households, timed ticketing required. 

Important to note:

 Permitted outdoor activities can only be done with 2 household limit. 

Some Gatherings Allowed, view chart for details. 

Essential travel is allowed

 

PHASE

  • Social Indoor Gatherings - 5 people out of household max, 2 household limit. 

  • Social Outdoor Gatherings - 15 people outside household max, 2 household limit.

  • Worship Service - Indoor 25% max capacity

  • Retail Stores - Maximum 25% capacity (curbside pickup best) includes farmers markets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacy.

  • Professional Services - Remote Work best, 25% capacity otherwise

  • Personal Services - indoor max 25% capacity

  • Eating/Drinking Establishments - Indoor Dining 25 % capacity allowed, Outdoor dining 11 PM Close, max 6 per table, 2 households per table. (Establishments w/ 21+ clientele and drinks only closed)

  • Weddings/Funerals - Ceremonies and indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are permitted and must follow the appropriate venue requirements. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply. Dancing is prohibited.

  • Indoor Recreation/Fitness Establishments - Low and moderate risk sports competitions permitted (no tournaments). Fitness and training maximum 25% capacity

  • Outdoor Sports/Fitness - Low, moderate, and high-risk sports competitions allowed (no tournaments), maximum 200 including spectators.

  • Indoor Entertainment Establishments - Maximum 25% capacity. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply.

  • Outdoor Entertainment Establishments - Groups of 15, limit 2 households per group, maximum 200 including spectators.

Important to note:

<=15

People allowed for gathering or other permitted outdoor activities

Stores can open at 25% capacity with required social distancing

Restaurants allowing indoor seating at limited capacity.

 

Regional Approach

On January 11th, 20201, Washington switched to a regional approach for the phased recovery plan. Washington Counties will be divided into eight regions based on COVID-19 hospitalizations, case data, and general mobility of individuals. 

EMS Region - Counties

Puget Sound - King, Pierce, Snohomish

East - Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman

North - Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom

North Central  - Chelan, Douglas, Grant,

Okanogan

Northwest - Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason

South Central - Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Yakima

Southwest - Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum 

West - Grays Harbor, Lewis Pacific, Thurston

Metrics 

 

Counties will move up the phase system by region and through certain measured metrics. 

In order to go from Phase 1 to Phase 2

Decreasing trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;

• Decreasing trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;

• Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds less than 90%; and,

• 7-day percent positivity of COVID-19 tests less than 10%

In order to stay in Phase 2

In order to remain in Phase 2, a region must continue meeting at least three of these four metrics.

• Decreasing or flat trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;

• Decreasing or flat trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;

• Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds less than 90%; and,

• 7-day percent positivity of COVID-19 tests less than 10%

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Page Last Updated: 02/14/21