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Special note: On July 23, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee said Phase 3 restaurants must operate at 50% occupancy with five guests per table. The information below is for archive purposes.

The state of Washington announced June 5 that 14 counties are approved to move into next phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2:

  • Clark
  • Okanogan
  • Pierce
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Whatcom

Moving into a modified version of Phase 1:

  • King (50 percent outdoor dining capacity, 25 percent of indoor dining capacity)

Moving from Phase 2 to Phase 3:

  • Columbia
  • Ferry
  • Garfield
  • Lincoln
  • Pend Oreille
  • Stevens
  • Wahkiakum

A total of five counties are in Phase 1, one county is in a modified version of Phase 1, 26 counties are in Phase 2 and seven counties are in Phase 3, according to a news release from the state.

Reminder: Restaurants now in Phase 2 need to follow the state requirements. Find those requirements and helpful best practices here.

Phase 3 county restaurants can expand operations to 75 percent capacity, a maximum table size of 10 and 25 percent bar area seating capacity if they also follow the above Phase 2 restaurant requirements.

Phase 2 highlights:

  • Restaurants/taverns indoor dining at 50% capacity
  • Table size no larger than 5
  • No bar-area seating

Phase 3 highlights:

  • Restaurants/taverns indoor dining at 75% capacity
  • Table sizes no larger than 10
  • Bar area seating in restaurant/taverns at 25% capacity

Each business or entity operating in Phase 3 of Safe Start Washington, must develop a written Safety Plan. A business may use this template or write its own safety plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency or County Public Health Department for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available in the event of an inspection.

See the details of all phases here.