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 October 6
- Adult and youth sports (outdoor, small groups)
- 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.
BUSINESS AND SERVICES
- Aquariums and Zoos
- 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)
- Movie theaters (limited capacity indoors and drive-in)
- Personal services (hair and nail salons, barbers, tattoo, etc.)
- Pet grooming
- 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)
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.
We know people are facing a lot of difficult choices during the fall and winter. How can we see friends and family, or share holidays, game days or other traditions?
This site offers information on alternatives to gatherings and ways to have safer gatherings. www.coronavirus.wa.gov/gatherings
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
- Mental health resources for essential 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.
- Sports and Recreation
- Air travel: On September 24, Gov. Inslee announced new statewide guidance for airports. Airlines are strongly encouraged to establish health screening questionnaires for passengers regarding. potential COVID-19 exposure or symptoms as part of passenger check-in processes and to require passenger acceptance of face coverings and physical distancing requirements. The questionnaire used by the airline is strongly encouraged to prevent issuance of a boarding pass if a passenger answers yes to one of the COVID-19 screening questions.
- 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.
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
Metro is rolling out more than 1,400 first-of-their-kind automated safety partitions between passengers and the driver, to be installed on Metro buses, including Sound Transit Express buses operated by Metro.
Metro also will equip over 100 buses with on-board dispensers to provide masks on the busiest routes.
Starting Sept. 19, south King County residents will receive a new route, Route 160, which connects Renton, Kent, and Auburn and will convert into the RapidRide.
Metro is adding more evening and weekend service for shift workers, better east-west connections and integration with Sounder Commuter Rail, and—where possible—faster travel times and direct service to key destinations.
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.