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Travel and Recreational Activities

International Travel

International Travel is now being opened up depending on destination. Countries may range from low-risk levels to very high-risk levels. View the CDC site on Travel by destination to see whether the country you're traveling to is safe. To keep others from harm, get tested and self-quarantine before and after you've traveled internationally.

Interstate Travel

Different states have different policies on travel. Before any trip, check your destination’s state and local health departments to best understand any restrictions that have been put in place. States’ restrictions vary greatly as some states have next to none while others have closed their borders. Also, ensure that your mode of travel is safe, as taking a plane or a train is much more dangerous than going by car.


Within Washington

Travel within Washington State depends on the individual phase of each county. If the county you want to visit is phase 2 or above, then you can travel there. Click the map to find the phase of the county you wish to travel to. 


Recreational Activities

Phase 1

Phase 2

  • Camping – limit groups to 5 people, maintain social distancing guidelines, avoid crowds.

  • Fishing – Charter boats can have up to 12 clients while maintaining social distancing guidelines, overnight boats allowed.

  • Going to the beach – check if your local beach is open, 5 people per group, avoid crowds.

  • Gondolas and lift chairs – only members of the same household can ride in the same gondola.

  • Zoos – limit large groups, zoos must operate at 25% capacity, all in-zoo restaurants must conform to standard restaurant procedure for phase 2.

  • Tennis – Restriction on double tennis removed. Instructing groups of 5 or less with social distancing allowed. Spectators must social distance.

  • Tour Trips – Mixed households allowed-- 8 max households and 12 max participants. Overnight trips with social distancing allowed.

  • Hunting – different hunting season schedule.

  • Fishing – masks required, guided fishing trips can only have 2 clients. 

  • Hiking – wear masks, practice social distancing and go in small groups.

  • Boating – only people from your household, maintain social distancing guidelines when refueling.

  • Golfing – only in groups of 2 if from different households, up to 4 from the same, no rentals, maintain social distancing guidelines.

  • Tennis – singles if players are from different households, doubles if from the same. Only one-on-one instruction allowed. No spectators

  • Tour Trips – Same household with a max of 8 participants. No overnight trips.

  • Motor Sports – Only members of the same household, with one-on-one instruction allowed. No spectators (for both phases).

**Note that modified phase 1 allows small 5-person fitness groups, only with low risk clients. 

Tourist Destinations

Open Locations

Closed Locations

  • Seattle Aquarium- Open, limited capacity, special pathing

  • Pioneer square – varies based off store

  • Point defiance zoo and aquarium- reopened limited capacity

  •  Pike place market – limited shop and restaurant capacity

  • Space Needle - reopening limited capacity

  • Museum of Flight

  • Seattle art museum

  • Frye Art Museum- Recently re-opened for members only

  • Ballard Locks -- Visitor services closed, but the Locks are open

  • Museum of History and Industry- Online activities/tours

  • J.F.K Center for Performing Arts- Online activities

  • Pacific Science Center

  • Seattle Pinball Museum

**Availability may vary. Please check the location's website to confirm availability.

Page Last Updated: 02/21/2021


Travel and Recreation References

  1. “COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 June 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html.

  2. “What's Open in Each Phase?” Washington State Coronavirus Response, coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start/whats-open-each-phase.

  3. “Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 – Update No. 3 COVID-19 Requirements .” Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State Government, Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 – Update No. 3 COVID-19 Requirements .

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