Current COVID-19 Guidance and Restrictions
King County is in Phase 3 of the state's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan.
Update June 16, 2021:
King County mask Directive lifts on June 29. 70% of residents age 16 and older have completed their vaccine series. That means that on June 29, 70% of residents 16 and older will be protected from COVID-19 through vaccination and the King County mask directive will end. (It takes about two weeks after completing the vaccine series to be considered fully protected.) Once the King County mask directive ends, the Washington state mask guidance will be in effect in King County.
Update May 5, 2021: Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a two-week pause on the Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. During this pause, King County will continue to monitor trends in these indicators, but will remain in Phase 3. All counties will be re-evaluated at the end of the two-week period. Read more about the pause and what needs to happen during the two weeks.
Phase 3: Restaurants and shops can serve more customers
On Monday, March 22, King County entered Phase 3 of the state's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan, which will allow more activities to resume. Businesses, restaurants, gyms and museums will be allowed to increase capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent.
For more details about the Healthy Washington plan, please visit the Governor's Healthy Washington site.
As we face new more contagious COVID-19 variants, we must stay as vigilant as ever to keep businesses open and COVID activity trending down. In addition to wearing well-fitted masks and social distancing, Public Health—Seattle & King County encourages businesses and facilities operating indoors to prioritize ventilation and air flow, plus outdoor, takeout and curbside offerings.
Current Phase 3 guidance is also available in these languages
Phase 3 - Healthy Washington
Updated March 22
Social and at-home gathering size - indoor
Max of 10 people from outside your household
Social and at-home gathering size - outdoor
Indoor maximum 50% capacity
Retail stores (includes farmers' markets, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies)
Maximum 50% capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
Remote work strongly encouraged, 50% capacity otherwise
Eating and drinking establishments (establishments only serving individuals 21+ and no food remain closed)
Weddings and funerals
Indoor sports and fitness establishments (includes gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools, indoor K-12 sports, indoor sports, indoor personal training, indoor dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing)
Sports competitions and tournaments allowed in all risk categories. Fitness and training and indoor sports maximum 50% capacity. Showers allowed.
Outdoor sports and fitness establishments (Outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks and hiking trails, outdoor campsites, outdoor K-12 sports, outdoor sports, outdoor personal training, outdoor dance, outdoor motorsports)
Indoor entertainment establishments (includes aquariums, indoor theaters, indoor arenas, indoor concert halls, indoor gardens, indoor museums, indoor bowling, indoor trampoline facilities, indoor cardrooms, indoor entertainment activities of any kind, indoor event spaces)
Outdoor entertainment establishments (includes zoos, outdoor gardens, outdoor aquariums, outdoor theaters, outdoor stadiums, outdoor event spaces, outdoor arenas, outdoor concert venues, rodeos)
Note: Live entertainment is no longer prohibited but must follow guidance above for the appropriate venue. Long-term care facilities, professional and collegiate sports remain governed by their current guidance/proclamations separate from this plan.