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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

With continuing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at spiritual gatherings as counties have advanced to Phases 1.5, 2, and 3 of the Safe Start Plan, the Governor still strongly encourages religious leaders and communities to conduct services remotely. Alternatively, drive-in services are permitted.

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.

Clarifications on Oct. 21st include:

  • Physical distancing between non-household members must be 6 feet in all directions.
  • Brief physical contact is permitted among up to five individuals, excluding religious leaders, if the brief contact is a critical component to the organization’s religious service, so long as masks are worn and hands are sanitized immediately before and after the contact.

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.

Funding Opportunitites

New COVID relief funds to support nonprofits helping youth are available - apply by 10/6

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.


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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

Read more about requesting face coverings

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


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

Many schools and higher education institutions in Washington State began the 2020 – 21 school year with remote learning. Some districts have announced their plans to return to in-person learning this fall and winter.

Guidance from the state for school sports has been updated to align with the state's guidance for schools, based on the county's COVID Activity Level.

Child care and early learning programs are open.

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.

FAQ about Schools and Childcare during COVID-19

New guidance from the state announced October 6, aligns school related and non-school related sports guidance, and allows more school and non-school sports, both indoor and outdoor.

The key metrics consider both the "risk of transmission" associated with the the sport and the level of COVID-19 activity in the county. For example:

  • low risk sports = golf, tennis, cross country, non-contact dance and more.
  • moderate risk sports = soccer, baseball, hockey, gymnastics and more.
  • high risk sports = football, basketball, wrestling, and more.

King County is currently at the HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY > 75 cases/100K/14 days AND < 5% positivity. This number changes and is updated daily. Once a county is confirmed to be at a HIGH activity level, full practices and matches cannot be played for two weeks, when the level can be assessed again.


  • Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.
  • Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan.
  • Specific protocols for transportation, spectators, group size and facial coverings must be followed.
  • Indoor facilities must adhere to overall capacity limits detailed in the Indoor Fitness and Training Guidelines.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

  • Team practices and/or training can resume for low, medium, and high risk sports if players are limited to groups of six in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone.
  • Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time.
  • Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games or competition allowed for low risk sports, but discouraged if school is not conducting in person learning.
  • No tournaments allowed.
  • No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed.

Read the full guidance from the state

Indoor fitness and training guidelines

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.

As we see COVID cases rise again in King County, here's what that means for schools.

However, King County schools are preparing for a measured return to in-person learning.

"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.

Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) has developed the King County Schools COVID-19 Response Toolkit to support schools as they reopen for in-person instruction.

This guidance is intended to supplement WA Department of Health K-12 Schools Fall 2020-21 Guidance and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction resources with local contact tracing and COVID-19 response guidance.

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