Phase 2 guidance and resources for people living in King County.
Phase 2: What's Open?
In addition to essential activities, the following are allowed:
Updated on August 4
- Outdoor recreation involving 5 or fewer people outside your household:
- Some sporting activities
- 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 (ceremonies limited to 30 people or 20 percent capacity indoors and outdoors, no receptions)
- Essential travel and travel for activities allowed under Phase 1 and Phase 2.
- Real estate
- Pet grooming
- In-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.)
- Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)
- Professional services/office- based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
- Personal services (hair and nail salons, barbers, tattoo, etc.)
- Restaurants/taverns (limited seating indoors restricted to members of same household, no bar service)
- Drive-in movie theaters
- Library (curbside pickup)
- 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
Social and Recreational Gatherings
Wear a cloth face covering in indoor public spaces, and outdoors when unable to stay 6 feet apart from others.
Limitations: Individuals may gather with five or fewer people from outside their household per week.
Social gatherings are one reason we’re seeing high rates of COVID-19 activity throughout the state. The warm weather provides tempting opportunities to gather with friends and family outside your immediate household. Every time we’re around others and we talk, laugh, cough or sneeze, we may be spreading the virus because we often don’t have any symptoms or know we have COVID19.
- Staying home is still safest. But when we go out, fewer, shorter and safer interactions help us keep one another safe.
- Keep your distance, wear a face covering and wash your hands.
- Avoid crowds and keep your social circle small – very small.
- Find your 5 people. For any in-person gathering that involves people from separate households, keep the total number of people gathering at one time to five or fewer.
- Only participate in one or two social gatherings a week. Make sure everyone stays six feet apart and wears face coverings.
- Outside is safer than inside. While outdoors with others, wear your face covering as much as possible, especially when less than six feet apart.
- If you’re indoors with members outside of your household or have someone with COVID-19 isolating themselves in a room, wear your face covering at all times.
- Keep it quick. Shorter in-person time is safer than longer in-person time.
- Don’t go if you’re sick! If you feel sick at all — even just a little — reschedule.
For additional guidance: Social Gatherings, July 29
Weddings and funerals:
New guidance for weddings and funerals (secular or non-secular) announced on July 23, includes:
- Indoor ceremonies are limited to 20% building capacity or 30 people, whichever is less, as long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households.
- Outdoor ceremonies are limited to 30 people with six feet of physical distancing between households.
- Only ceremonies are permitted. Receptions are prohibited.
- These events must follow all other guidance in the religious and faith-based organization requirements.
- These apply to both religious and non-religious wedding and funeral ceremonies.
These updates go into effect August 10, 2020. Events planned after the release of this memorandum must comply with the above rules starting July 30, 2020.
Phase 2 for You
- Older Adults
- Young People
- Ask an expert: How can young people slow the spread of COVID-19?
- People who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness
- People who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness such as people older than 60 or with other underlying health conditions, should continue to practice caution, even as other people and businesses return to more normal activities. Staying at home and away from others as much as possible is the safest thing to do.
- Essential-to-Phase 2 Workers
- Protect Yourself and Co-workers
- Emergency childcare for essential workers
- How to protect family from COVID-19 when you work outside the home
- The rights of high-risk employees and workers' (including employees 65 and older or individuals with certain medical conditions) are protected by Proclamation 20-46.1 Read the full guidance memo.
Seasonal Guidance: Summer
- Some nonessential travel is allowed during phase 2. This article from the Seattle Times includes helpful tips for staying safe, if you travel this summer.
- Of note, the Department of Health recommends that Washingtonians follow the phase guidance outlined in Governor Inslee's Safe Start plan. They do not recommend traveling to other counties to seek services that may not currently be available in your county of residence.
- Even as counties move into different phases of reopening, it is important to continue practicing public health guidance to the best of your ability. Stay home, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, frequently clean surfaces, maintain six feet of distance from others, and wear cloth face coverings in public spaces.
Beautiful, warmer weather is in the forecast, but we all know this summer looks and feels different.
Many public spaces, including state, county and city parks, are now open during phase 2. Individual parks may have restrictions. See this list of King County parks open during phase 2 plus FAQs. Remember to Recreate Responsibly.
- Playgrounds: King County will clean high touch areas every two weeks and are placing mobile hand washing stations at play areas, per DOH guidance.
- Parks are managed by different cities, counties, and the state. We recommend you look to specific cities for park information before you go. Seattle Parks lists what parks and amenities are open and closed here.
- Recreate Responsibly tips and toolkit
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.
- If you are an individual who lives in a city, contact your city to find out how they are distributing the face coverings. Unincorporated area residents should watch for updates about distribution through their local unincorporated area council, local community-based and faith-based organizations.
- For more information about wearing face coverings, visit: kingcounty.gov/masks
Free Food Sites
This map shows free-food sites available throughout King County to support residents during this difficult time.
King County Metro
King County Metro has added back more routes and adjusted its services to meet residents needs during the pandemic.
King County Regional Donations Connector
Isolation and Quarantine Support
Having a safe place to isolate or quarantine away from vulnerable family members, group settings or if you don’t have a home, is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can also make your recovery more comfortable. King County’s Department of Community and Human Services quickly stood up centers throughout the County at the onset of the pandemic for this reason, and in partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County, continues to operate and care for our community members who need a place to isolate or quarantine.
Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at (206) 477-397 to see if isolation and quarantine services are right for you.
Visit kingcounty.gov/community-human-services/COVID for more information.