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Updates: March 11, 2020
March 11, 2020:Gov. Jay Inslee announced a prohibition on all large gatherings of 250 persons or more in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
- Seattle and King county have additionally prohibited gatherings of 249 persons or fewer, unless precautions are met.
- Snohomish County has issued a similar restriction on events with fewer than 250 attendees. There are slight differences in Snohomish County small event risk minimization requirements. These are:
- Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 are encouraged not to attend (including employees).
- Social distancing recommendations must be met (i.e. people staying 6 feet from each other, aside from momentary and minimal contact at closer distances when absolutely necessary).
- Employees must be screened for coronavirus symptoms each day and excluded if symptomatic.
- Proper hand hygiene and sanitation must be readily available to all attendees and employees.
- Environmental cleaning guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily or more frequently).
We are currently verifying updated information as it comes to us, and will post links and resources here as soon as official confirmation has been found.
In January 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first U.S. case of the coronavirus had been discovered in Washington state. The situation is rapidly evolving. Below we have compiled the best information from credible sources for Washington state hospitality businesses.
- Click here for a fact sheet in multiple languages.
- Click here to learn what the Washington State Department of Health wants employers to know.
- Fisher Phillips has an FAQ on HR and employment law information here.
- King County members can find more tailored information here.
- Seattle & King County has announced new recommendations to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in addition to earlier guidance.
- Pierce County members can find health department information here.