Washington State’s Industry Reopening Procedures

Find the latest information straight from the Governor’s office on reopening industries in the state.

Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities would re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

The pandemic has affected different industries differently — likewise, the reopening process will vary by sector. Below find sector-specific guidance from Gov. Inslee’s office.

Read the full Safe Start policy plan here.

Phase 1 and 2 Religious and Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements

May 27, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan.

Phase 2 Real Estate COVID-19 Requirements

May 19, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for resuming real estate in Phase 2.

Phase 2 Fitness Operations COVID-19 Requirements

May 19, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for resuming fitness operations in Phase 2.

 

Phase 2 Pet Grooming Industry COVID-19 Requirements

May 18, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for resuming pet grooming operations in Phase 2.

 

Phase 2 Professional Photography COVID-19 Requirements

May 15, 2020: Gov. Jay  Inslee issued guidance today for resuming professional photography services in Phase 2.

 

Golf Restart, Phase 1 & Phase 2 Clarifications to Requirements and Recommendations.

May 15, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance today regarding golf activities which may resume, effective May 15 for counties in Phase 2.

Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements

May 15, 2020:  During Phase 2, all construction, including new work, is allowed, effective May 15.

Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 COVID-19 Requirements

May 14, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance clarifying Phase 1 outdoor recreation requirements, and set forth outdoor recreation guidance for Phase 2.

May 26, 2020:  Gov Jay Inslee issued further clarifications for Outdoor Recreation, Phase 1 and Phase 2.  View memo. 

Phase 2 Professional Services COVID-19 Requirements

May 13, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today regarding the operation of professional services, effective May 13. “A professional service provider is defined as an office-based occupation that typically serves a client base. This includes but is not limited to: accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, information technologists, insurance agents, tax preparers, and other professional service occupations,” the guidance states.

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Phase 2 Personal Services COVID-19 Requirements

May 13, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for resuming personal services and professional services for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2. “Personal services’ includes cosmetologists, hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tattoo artists, cosmetology schools, and esthetics school,” the guidance states.

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Phase 2 Limited In-Store Retail Operations COVID-19 Requirements

May 12, 2020:  Gov. Jay Inslee released additional guidance for businesses and services under Safe Start Phase 2.

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Phase 2 Manufacturing Facility COVID-19 Requirements

May 12, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today regarding additional manufacturing operations which may resume, effective May 12. for counties in Phase 2.

Phase 2 Guidance for Partially Resuming Dine-in Restaurant & Tavern Industry

May 11, 2020: Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2.

Gov. Inslee’s office is asking visitors to voluntarily provide contact information in case of COVID-19 exposure. They are asking for information from one person per household. If it is discovered that a guest may have been exposed to COVID-19 during a visit, the information will only be shared with public health officials. Guests will be contacted to explain the risk, answer questions, and provide resources. This information will not be used for any other purpose, including sales or marketing. If the list is not used within 30 days, it will be destroyed.  This is not requiredView memo.

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Phase 1 Landscape Services and Outdoor Maintenance Industry COVID-19 Requirements

May 9, 2020:  Gov. Jay Inslee released additional guidance for businesses and services under Safe Start Phase 1, including landscaping.  Find the detailed plan for landscaping operations here.

Inslee announces easing of outdoor restrictions

April 27, 2020:  Gov. Jay Inslee announced as of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas.