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New temporary restrictions in King County

Updated November 15, 2020: In recent days, King County and Washington State have seen the highest COVID-19 case counts we've experienced to date. In light of these increases, Governor Inslee announced temporary restrictions to be in effect statewide until December 14. We are working on updating this page to reflect these changes. For more information about the Governor's new restrictions visit www.kingcounty.gov/covid/current

Our community and faith-based organizations continue to serve King County residents most impacted in these difficult times. This page offers resources and tools for organizations, faith and cultural leaders to engage with the communities they serve, including people who are unsheltered, communities with limited English proficiency, people who are undocumented, LGBTQ and BIPOC communities, as well as frontline workers.

In recent days, King County and Washington State have seen the highest COVID-19 case counts we’ve experienced to date. Considering these increases, Governor Jay Inslee announced a new statewide set of restrictions that go into effect Monday, November 16th at 11:59 PM.

Virtual services remain the best way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in our communities.

Nonprofits and community-based organizations (CBOs) continue critical work serving our community, and we are grateful for it. CBOs are tightly integrated into everyday life in the County, increasing access to healthcare, acting as trusted sources of information and resources, and providing safe spaces for our unhoused neighbors. Thanks to the care and hard work of nonprofits in King County, we will successfully navigate the health and financial struggles associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and increase safety in the provision of services by the County and our community partners.

CBOs, businesses, and other organizations can serve customers and community members. Most organizations will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow current guidance designed to ensure the health and safety of staff, clients, and community. Guidelines call for social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing face coverings (cloth/disposable masks). These precautions are crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to return closer to pre-pandemic activity.

CBOs should take steps prior to restarting face-to-face operations with clients and community members to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Guidance on reopening can be found at the following links:

In recent days, King County and Washington State have seen the highest COVID-19 case counts we’ve experienced to date. Considering these increases, Governor Jay Inslee announced a new statewide set of restrictions that go into effect Monday, November 16th at 11:59 PM.

Virtual services remain the best way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in our communities.

In-person religious services are limited to 25% indoor capacity or 200 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households in all directions. Cloth face coverings are required for all participants. Choirs, bands, or ensembles are prohibited from performing. Wedding and funeral ceremonies can go on with limited attendance, but receptions of any size are prohibited indoors.

Additional guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County regarding COVID-19 for religious and faith-based organizations is critical for our diverse communities. Public Health recognizes that places of worship are more than a place to pray; they provide community and healing, especially for injustices past and present, particularly against Black, Indigenous, and people of color. This is even more important as marginalized communities are those hit hardest by COVID-19.

Unsafe faith services have been documented in Washington State. But we can take a health-based approach to ensure the safety of staff, members, and visitors at faith services.

Please refer to current guidance for full details.


FAQ for religious and faith-based organizations


The Speaker's Bureau provides presentations with the latest information, resources, and guidance’s for COVID-19 to your community. We strive to provide culturally relevant presentations and provide answers that your community is looking for. Our goal is to ensure that all communities in King County have the knowledge they need to stay safe and healthy during this time. Learn more and complete an online request form.

Public Health — Seattle & King County convened representatives from various community, business, and government sectors in King County who are working together to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accelerating the use of the recommended and required community mitigation strategies.

Learn more about the Pandemic and Racism Community Advisory Group .

  • Office of Equity and Social Justice

  • COVID-19 Community and Small Business Resource Guide
    The resource guide is a tool that was requested by community leaders. It includes the following information:
    • How to apply for unemployment
    • Housing resources
    • Information on utilities and internet
    • Cash assistance
    • Food assistance
    • Childcare resources
    • Resources for undocumented communities
    • Small business loans and disaster assistance
    • In-language resources

Contact/Where to get more information from King County

  • Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues?
    • Contact the King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday - Friday) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 206-296-1608, or submit a written inquiry or report online.
    • For employee health, contact tracing, or testing questions, please call the COVID-19 call center at 206-477-3977.

  • If you are a food business owner or a food worker and have questions related to your operation, please reach out to your Health Investigator or call 206-263-9566 to speak with office staff.

Community presentation requests

Community presentation requests

It is crucial that we all stay informed on the latest information regarding COVID-19. The Speaker's Bureau provides presentations with the latest information, resources, and guidance's for COVID-19 to the community.

Learn more about how we can work with you to provide your organization with a presentation about COVID-19 and any relevant topics that your community is looking for.


Anti-stigma resources and downloadable posters

Viruses don't discriminate. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We're stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma. The anti-stigma resources page includes the following:

  • Anti-stigma social media kit
  • Poster: Viruses Don't Discriminate and Neither Should We
  • Poster: Coronavirus and Stigma