Reopening Washington: Check your county’s phase

Is your county in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of Washington’s ‘Safe Start’ plan during the coronavirus pandemic? Check our list.

After two months of the statewide stay-home order, more than half of the counties in the state have been allowed to proceed to Phase 2 of the state’s ‘Safe Start’ reopening plan to loosens social distancing restrictions.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, which closed businesses and activities to curb the spread of coronavirus, was put into place in March.

On May 1, Inslee announced a four-phase “Safe Start” plan, which begins to reopen businesses and activities in a phased manner.

The state amended that plan after half the counties in the state asked to proceed to Phase 2. The governor announced on May 29 that openings would be determined county-by-county. 

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Check the following list to see what counties are in which phases.

Phase 1 

Phase 1 allows some construction, fishing, hunting, and park access, as well as retail curbside pickup, auto sales, and car washes with social distancing restrictions.

  • Benton
  • Chelan
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • King
  • Okanogan
  • Pierce
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Whatcom
  • Yakima

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Phase 2 

Phase 2 increases outdoor recreational activities, such as camping, allows small group gatherings of five people or less, opens barbershops and salons, opens restaurants at 50% capacity and tables of five people or less. Pet services, including grooming, could resume. Some professional services could resume, although teleworking will still be encouraged.

  • Adams
  • Asotin
  • Clallam
  • Columbia
  • Cowlitz
  • Ferry
  • Garfield
  • Grant
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • Kitsap
  • Kittitas
  • Lewis
  • Lincoln
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pend Oreille
  • San Juan
  • Skamania
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum
  • Walla Walla
  • Whitman

To be allowed to go into Phase 2, counties must have an average of less than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period. The county must also demonstrate that they have adequate hospital bed capacity and PPE supplies, and that it has plans for testing, contact tracing and housing people in quarantine.

The application process requires support from the local health officer, the local board of health, local hospitals, and the county government.

Phase 2 Eligible

These counties are eligible for Phase 2.

Phase 2 Under Review

The applications for Phase 2 for these counties were under review after recent outbreaks.

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Phase 3

Group sizes could expand to 50 people or fewer. Non-essential travel could resume. Restaurants could increase capacity to 75% capacity and bars can open to 25%. Gyms, recreational facilities, like pools, and movie theaters could reopen at 50% capacity. Libraries, museums, and government buildings could also reopen. 

No counties are eligible for this phase.

Phase 4

Gatherings of more than 50 people are allowed with social distancing. Worksite staffing would be unrestricted, although workers should follow social distancing. Bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues can return to full capacity.

No counties are eligible for this phase.

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