For community and faith-based organizations
The COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading fast. As of October 25 in King County, proof of vaccination will be required for everyone ages 12+ at outdoor events of 500 or more people, indoor recreational events or establishments, restaurants, and bars. As of September 13 in Washington state, masks are required for everyone ages 5+ at outdoor events with 500 or more people, and continue to be required in public indoor spaces. For more information, please see our Current COVID-19 guidance page.
If two or more staff or volunteer members develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period, Washington State requires businesses, non-profits, and other organizations to self-report this information to Public Health. Report COVID-19 cases to Public Health
Current COVID-19 guidance for nonprofit, community-based organizations, and religious and faith-based organizations
Nonprofits and community-based organizations (CBOs), religious and faith-based organizations (FBOs), and other organizations may operate at full capacity and regular hours, with no physical distancing requirements. All organizations are required to follow state mask guidance. Masks are required for everyone in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status, and in outdoor settings with 500 or more people.
All vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and customers are required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, with reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities, as described in the State Health Order on Face Coverings.
Public Health—Seattle & King County continues to promote these protective steps:
- Get vaccinated if you are eligible and encourage others. When more people are vaccinated, each community is better protected. Vaccines are free regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. You will not be billed or charged for vaccination.
- How and where to get vaccinated? Vaccines are available at many community locations, and mobile vaccination can come to your organization.
- Wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, and in crowded outdoor public spaces. These requirements are outlined in the Washington state masking order and current King County masking guidance. The state order also requires everyone to wear masks in some settings, including schools, healthcare, homeless service sites, and correctional facilities.
- Improve indoor air ventilation and filtration. The virus easily spreads indoors, especially in crowded spaces. All organizations with indoor facilities should improve air ventilation and filtration. This will help prevent future outbreaks as we get into cooler weather. More information is available at Improving Indoor Air). To request assistance on how you can improve your ventilation and indoor air quality, please fill out this form.
- Outdoors is better than indoors, for gatherings. COVID-19 spreads much more easily indoors than outdoors. If you're planning or attending large gatherings, the risks are lower outdoors.
- Get tested if you have symptoms or an exposure. COVID-19 is still spreading, and the new variants are even more contagious. Getting tested allows you to protect family and friends. Testing is free.
- If two or more staff or volunteer members develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period, Washington state requires businesses, non-profits, and other organizations to self-report this information to Public Health.
- Encourage frequent hand washing and practicing good hygiene.
Specific to religious and faith-Based organizations
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.
Current COVID-19 guidance and resources for reopening
- Current guidance on who can open and how to keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe.
- Serving food? See our recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and guidance for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
- What to do if an employee or volunteer is diagnosed with COVID-19
- Frequently asked questions for religious and faith-based organizations
- Face protection for housing and shelter staff working in close contact with people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection
- Mask guidance in King County, including how CBOs and FBOs can apply for free face coverings.
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.
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.
- 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
- Community support and well-being
Connect with people who want to help and provide tools and resources to support your emotional health.
- Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues?
- 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.
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
Link/share our site at kingcounty.gov/covid/faith