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Working together, our community has slowed the spread of COVID-19. Now, King County is working to gradually and carefully reopen the local economy and other aspects of daily living.

King County entered the Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan on June 19.

On July 28, Gov. Jay Inslee paused counties progressing in the reopening phases under the state’s Safe Start plan due to the continued rise of cases and spread of coronavirus statewide. The pause will continue indefinitely.

Continued vigilance, including limiting trips outside the home, social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing face coverings in public is crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to resume normal economic activity.

Learn what workplaces, communities and schools and residents in King County need to know for Phase 2, plus important COVID-19 resources for you or your business.

See the Safe Start Status and Resources page for an update on phase 2 and the COVID-19 pandemic in King County, plus links to additional Safe Start and COVID-19 resources.

Phase 2: What's Open?

In addition to essential activities, the following are allowed:

Updated on October 6


  • Adult and youth sports (outdoor, small groups)
  • Camping
  • Golf and tennis
  • Outdoor recreation involving 5 or fewer people outside your household:
  • Races: bicycle, running, cross country skiing, biathlons, canoe and kayak races, triathlons, and multi-sport competitions
  • Water Recreation Facilities (appointment only)


  • Gather with no more than 5 people outside your household per week.
  • Indoor spiritual or religious services up to 25% of capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. (Choirs not allowed.)
  • In-home faith-based services or counseling with up to 5 people.
  • Weddings and funerals (limited to 30 people or 25 percent venue occupancy, whichever is less)
  • Limited visitation at long-term care facilities and some group activities.


  • Essential travel and travel for activities allowed under Phase 1 and Phase 2. 


  • Aquariums and Zoos
  • Construction
  • Farms
  • Indoor Fitness (gyms, studios, sports facilities, etc.): Social distancing of 300 square feet, face coverings requirements and limit of 5 people or 25% in facilities larger than 12,000 square feet
  • In-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.)
  • Libraries (limited indoor capacity)
  • Manufacturing
  • Movie theaters (limited capacity indoors and drive-in)
  • Museums
  • Personal services (hair and nail salons, barbers, tattoo, etc.)
  • Pet grooming
  • Photography
  • Professional services/office- based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Real estate
  • Restaurants/taverns (limited seating indoors, no bar service)
  • Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)