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On July 23, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee said receptions cannot be held with a religious or secular wedding or funeral starting Aug. 10, 2020. Food cannot be served at these events. The information below is for archive purposes only.

The information in this document is sourced from:

  1. Phase 1, Modified Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 Religious and Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements
  2. Phase 2 and Phase 3 Restaurant and Tavern COVID-19 Requirements
  3. Clarifying Restaurant and Tavern Rules – Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25.4
  4. Phase 1, 2, and 3 Weddings and Funerals – Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25.4

Reminder: All church, event venue and caterers must ensure operations follow the main L&I COVID-19 requirements to protect employees, church members and event guests. This includes:

  • Screening employees for symptoms
  • Six-foot social distancing between employees
  • Employees wearing gloves and face coverings
  • Frequent and adequate handwashing
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of shared surfaces

Definitions

Wedding services do not include engagement parties, bridal/groom/couples’ showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties or rehearsal dinners. Funeral and memorial services are defined as the ceremony honoring a deceased person, including a wake, burial, cremation or memorial service, located indoors or outdoors.

Event Size

Phase 2: Indoor services can be held at a place of worship with up to 25% capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households.

Phase 3: Indoor services can be held at a place of worship with up to 50% capacity or up to 400 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households.

If your county is in Phase 1

Food cannot be served at a reception in Phase 1.

If your county is in Phase 2 or Modified Phase 1

Reminder: If food is served at a reception for a wedding, funeral or memorial service, the venue must comply with the guidance for Dine-in Restaurants and Taverns.

  1. Indoor services can be held at a place of worship with up to 25% capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households. A reception must be held at the ceremony venue or co-located. The reception cannot be two days later in the family’s backyard. The wedding and reception can be held in a backyard and catered if held on the same day.
  2. All employees, members and guests in attendance shall wear face coverings before, during and after the service (whether indoor or outdoor).
  3. Soap and running water shall be abundantly provided at locations for frequent handwashing. Employees should be encouraged to leave their workstations to wash their hands regularly, and required to do so before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol should also be provided and used, but are not a replacement for the water requirement.
  4. Inform all employees, members and guests that they must self-screen for signs and symptoms of coronavirus before arriving at the location. Request employees, church members and guests to take their temperatures before attending a service. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F will not be permitted to attend the service or attend work at the organization. Any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with coronavirus or with symptoms of coronavirus (including a fever above 100.4°F) may not attend the service.
  5. Tables must be placed far enough apart when measured from occupied chair to occupied chair, to ensure guests seated at a table are a minimum of 6 feet away from guests at adjacent table.
  6. Guests must wear a cloth face covering anytime they are not seated (while being seated or leaving, or while going to the restroom) and while they are talking at tables and not eating.
  7. Live entertainment is prohibited. No choirs shall perform during the service. Singing is permitted, but individuals must not remove their face coverings to sing – it must stay on for the duration of the service. Recorded music is acceptable.
  8. All parties and tables must be 5 guests or less. Guests are not allowed to mingle during meal service and must remain seated at the table. Table seating must be grouped by household. Do not put 5 guests at the same table if they did not travel to the wedding together.
  9. Buffets and salad bars are permitted. All self-serve buffets, salad bars, salsa bars and other communal food and drink stations must strictly adhere to all Phase 2 and Phase 3 restaurant requirements, ensure guests use antimicrobial hand sanitizer before and after handling utensils install permanent barriers, such as sneeze guards, to protect food and monitor the communal food and beverage area to make sure guests are following social distancing and other rules.

If your county is in Phase 3

Reminder: If food is served at a reception for a wedding, funeral or memorial service, the venue must comply with the guidance for Dine-in Restaurants and Taverns.

  1. Indoor services can be held at a place of worship with up to 50% capacity or up to 400 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households. A reception must be held at the ceremony venue or co-located. The reception cannot be two days later in the family’s backyard. The wedding and reception can be held in a backyard and catered if held on the same day.
  2. All employees, church members and guests in attendance shall wear face coverings before, during, and after the service (whether indoor or outdoor).
  3. Soap and running water shall be abundantly provided at locations for frequent handwashing. Employees should be encouraged to leave their workstations to wash their hands regularly, and required to do so before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol should also be provided and used, but are not a replacement for the water requirement.
  4. Inform all employees, church members and guests that they must self-screen for signs and symptoms of coronavirus before arriving at the location. Request employees, church members and guests to take their temperature before attending a service. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F will not be permitted to attend the service or attend work at the organization. Any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with coronavirus or with symptoms of coronavirus (including a fever above 100.4°F) may not attend the service.
  5. Tables must be placed far enough apart when measured from occupied chair to occupied chair, to ensure guests seated at a table are a minimum of 6 feet away from guests at adjacent table.
  6. Guests must wear a cloth face covering anytime they are not seated (while being seated or leaving, or while going to the restroom) and while they are talking at tables and not eating.
  7. Live entertainment is prohibited. No choirs shall perform during the service. Singing is permitted, but individuals must not remove their face coverings to sing – it must stay on for the duration of the service. Recorded music is acceptable.
  8. All parties and tables must be 10 guests or less. Guests are not allowed to mingle during meal service and must remain seated at the table. Table seating must be grouped by household. Do not put 10 guests at the same table if they did not travel to the wedding together.
  9. Buffets and salad bars are permitted. All self-serve buffets, salad bars, salsa bars and other communal food and drink stations must strictly adhere to all Phase 2 and Phase 3 restaurant requirements, ensure guests use antimicrobial hand sanitizer before and after handling utensils install permanent barriers, such as sneeze guards, to protect food and monitor the communal food and beverage area to make sure guests are following social distancing and other rules.