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Phase 2 guidance and resources for community and faith-based organizations, schools and childcare.

Safe Start Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations

All religious and faith-based organizations may operate services including worship services; religious study classes; religious ceremonies; religious holiday celebrations, weddings, and funerals.

Phase 2 guidance restricts indoor services to the lesser of 25% capacity or 200 individuals as long as 6 feet of distance is kept between people from different households. In-home services/counseling is restricted to no more than five individuals. Limitations on capacity does not include an organization's staff, but does include volunteers.

For a comprehensive set of COVID-19 resources, visit King County’s COVID-19 Community and Faith-based Organizations site.

Safe Start Resources for all Community-Based Organizations

Our community organizations continue to serve King County residents most impacted in these difficult times. This page offers resources for organizations, faith and cultural leaders to engage with and support the communities they serve during phase 2.

For a comprehensive set of COVID-19 resources, visit King County’s COVID-19 Community and Faith-based Organizations site.

Free Food Sites

This map shows free-food sites available throughout King County to support residents during this difficult time.

Guidance for Reopening

CBOs, businesses, and other organizations can once again serve customers and community members. Most organizations will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow state guidelines designed to ensure the health and safety of staff, clients, and community. These guidelines call for social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing face coverings (cloth/disposable masks).

Guidance on reopening and how to keep staff, volunteers and clients safe can be found on the Safe Start page for Workplaces.

Serving food? See our recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and guidance for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

Posters

Download posters for your organization.

Find Face Coverings and Masks

With King County in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and new state requirements about face coverings in effect, the county is distributing 5 million cloth face coverings and 20 million disposable face coverings to residents, workers and businesses throughout King County.

Community and faith-based organizations can request face coverings by emailing Calli Knight at cknight@kingcounty.gov.

Read more about requesting face coverings

How to get Testing

Testing availability has increased in King County. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should get tested right away.

Healthy Business Streets

Guidance for temporary changes to business district street design and use for COVID-19 response and recovery. (PDF)

Community Support and Well Being

Comprehensive guidance and resiliency resources to help lessen the community impacts of COVID-19

Financial Resources

Resource Guide to help community members with rental assistance, utilities, cash, and more

Lease Amendment Toolkit for nonprofits and small businesses

Contact

For non-medical questions about COVID-19, including compliance and business related issues, contact King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line at 206-296-1608, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Safe Start Guidance for Schools and Child Care

Schools and higher education institutions remain closed through the summer. Child care and early learning programs are open, following phase 2 guidance and restrictions.

For a comprehensive set of COVID-19 resources, visit King County’s COVID-19 Schools and Childcare webpage that includes checklists for preventing COVID-19, disinfecting guidance, fact sheets for families, face covering information, what to do if you have a suspected or confirmed case, and more.

Guidance for phase 2 includes:

A report from state health officials released July 13, warned that reopening schools in King County would not be safe unless transmission rates decreased.

On July 22, Public Health and Executive Dow Constantine shared their support for schools' decisions to begin the school year with online learning. Superintendent Chris Reykdal also released a statement on school district plans for reopening school fully online.

In King County, the following school districts have announced school will begin with remote learning in fall:

On August 5, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health and Superintendent of Public instruction for resuming in-person instruction in public and private K-12 education for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year.

The new decision tree framework helps local health departments and school districts decide if and how they will allow students back in the classroom

Currently, King County is one of 25 counties in the "High Risk" category where remote instruction is recommended.

"We are issuing strong recommendations (not legally binding requirements or prohibitions) based on science, the health of our children, and the fact that we are not going to allow our state to be hammered by this virus as other states and countries have been." -Gov. Inslee

For more information on schools, childcare and information for colleges and universities, visit Washington State Department of Health’s K-12 information page.

Gov. Inslee released additional guidance related to overnight group summer camps on July 31.

  • The types of camps and programs included in this guidance are allowed to operate during all phases of the Governor's Safe Start Plan.
  • Group sizes should total no more than 22 people. (Camps may operate with multiple groups so long as physical distancing can be maintained.)
  • Use of cloth face coverings by staff and children (possible exemptions are noted)
  • Physical distancing should be observed during camp activities and drop off/pick up.
  • Health screenings should be conducted upon arrival.
  • Sports-related activities must follow the Governor's Guidelines for Sporting Activities and CDC Guidance for Youth Sports