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Current Guidance and Requirements

Updated Jan. 03, 2022

Business guidance and requirements from the governor’s office, state agencies and public health officials continue to evolve as circumstances around the pandemic change. This page will be updated with the most recent federal, state and local guidance and requirements for business operators.

Specific guidance and restrictions may vary at the local level. Be sure to check with your local public health officials for any additional requirements that may be in place in our area.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC updates and shortens recommended isolation and quarantine period for general population

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Orders from President Joe Biden

New federal vaccine mandate rules for large employers

New rules issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require workers at companies with 100 or more employees (within the entire organization, not per location) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4, 2022 or get tested for the virus weekly. However, as expected, several state attorneys general filed lawsuits against these rules. A federal appeals court granted an emergency stay, which will temporarily halt the vaccine requirement from moving forward. On Dec. 17, a federal appeals court reinstated the vaccine/testing mandate. The case was filed with to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 20.

Gov. Inslee: Washington will follow federal vaccine requirements for employers

National Restaurant Association: Policy Brief — Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Crisis Prevention Institute

De-escalation tips to use during times of high stress
In the light of the many recent hardships, it feels almost glib to suggest that de-escalation is really ever this simple. The truth is that there is no magic recipe for keeping troubling things from happening in the world. But there is a way that you can respond to these kinds of events that is constructive, positive, and impacts real resolution. That’s why CPI training is not so much a series of steps as it is a philosophy for viewing humanity as full of potential. These de-escalation tips from CPI are about support, not suppression, and about seeing each other with the humanity and compassion that each of us wants to be seen with.

Local public health orders

King County vaccine requirement for restaurants, bars, indoor recreation, and large outdoor events

Sept. 23 – Beginning October 25, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County.

Jefferson and Clallam County vaccine requirement for restaurants and bars

Sept. 2: All patrons entering an indoor restaurant or bar in Jefferson and Clallam Counties must provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, beginning Saturday, September 4.

Toolkit — Vaccine and mask options (and requirements) for your business

Orders from Governor Jay Inslee

Read the full text of the statewide masking order here.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

Guidance for Non-Health Care Businesses and Organizations during COVID-19

As Washington State reopens and Governor Inslee rescinds coronavirus restrictions for businesses, there continue to be several public health recommendations for businesses, organizations, and other non-health care workplaces to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in their establishments and communities. Good public health practices can protect employees, volunteers, and members of the public that visit these establishments. This document contains information for non-health care workplaces about their ongoing prevention responsibilities, orders and directives that remain in place, and how to respond and work with public health in the event of a coronavirus case or outbreak at their establishment.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I)

Updated masking rules for Washington state businesses & workers

As of Aug. 23, 2021, businesses are required to follow face covering requirements in accordance with the Secretary of Health’s face covering order for all individuals, vaccinated or not, in indoor public spaces.

L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19

Businesses in Washington state are now able to open at full capacity and have fewer requirements to follow to protect employees from coronavirus. This document covers topics such as masking, vaccination verification, protecting unvaccinated workers and reasonable accommodations.

Protecting High-Risk Employees from Discrimination During Public Health Emergencies

On May 11, 2021, Governor Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 5115 into law, effective immediately. This new law, known as the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA), applies to workplaces only during a declared public health emergency involving an infectious or contagious disease. The following questions and answers can help you understand HELSA’s requirements to protect high risk employees from discrimination.

Washington State Coronavirus Hazard Considerations for Employers

Face Coverings, Masks, and Respirator Choices
Proper face covering guidance for businesses based on risk assessment

Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD)

Employer Resources

Whether you need to hire employees, are facing layoffs, or have to let an employee go, ESD has resources and information that can help you.

Return to Work

As the economy reopens in phases during the coronavirus crisis, the Employment Security Department and its workforce partners are supporting workers and businesses with continued unemployment and re-employment services. This Return to Work page provides a range of resources including information on job and training opportunities for workers and resources to maintain a skilled workforce for employers, as well as information on unemployment benefit eligibility, conducting work search activities, offers to return to work and more.

National Restaurant Association

COVID-19 Operating Guidance

The National Restaurant Association continues to collaborate with safety experts from government organizations, academia, the public health sector, and corporations to bring operators the most up-to-date guidelines to support safe dining.

This updated COVID-19 Operating Guidance, our 6th edition, is intended to complement the official guidelines put in place by your state and local authorities.

Vaccination mandates: How to handle asking for proof

Before you ask for proof of vaccination, be aware of and prepare for legal and logistical ramifications to enforce the policy.