Governor updates Safe Start requirements

Governor updates Safe Start requirements
Posted on 11/16/2020
Governor updates Safe Start requirements

COVID-19 statistics are increasing all over the State of Washington.  On Sunday, in an effort to improve these numbers, Governor Inslee updated the Safe Start requirements.  The dramatic increase in positive tests, case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths have been surging in our state the last few weeks.  In order to curb these trends, and to ensure the hospitals and the health care system is not overwhelmed, a number of very difficult but necessary steps have been taken to protect the public’s health.  Although these restrictions may be inconvenient, are unpopular, and may cause economic hardship, they are necessary to save lives.

Beginning at midnight on Monday, November 16, 2020 through Monday, December 14, 2020, all counties in Washington are subject to the restrictions outlined below. If the activity is not listed, it should follow the guidance stated in its related proclamation.  All K12/higher education, health care, and childcare organizations are exempt from the new restrictions and will follow their respective, previously published guidance. Additionally, these restrictions do not apply to courts and judicial branch-related proceedings.

The following information is an update of the Safe Start Program and its requirements.  Please share this information with your family and friends as well as your social communities. Continue to wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance when in public or with people outside of your household.  You can find more information about the updated Safe Start requirements and previously published proclamations https://coronavirus.wa.gov/.

  1. Indoor Social Gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited unless everyone has properly quarantined (e.g., seven (7) days and a negative C-19 test or fourteen (14) days without testing). A household is defined as individuals residing in the same dwelling.
  2. Outdoor Social Gatherings should be limited to five (5) people from outside your household.
  3. Restaurants and Bars are closed for dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining is limited to five (5) persons outside of your household per table. These modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
  4. Fitness Facilities and Gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted but are subject to and limited to the outdoor social gathering restriction listed above.
  5. Bowling Centers are closed for indoor service.
  6. In-Store Retail shall be limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits, and common/congregate seating areas and indoor dining facilities such as food courts are closed.
  7. Religious Services are limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits, or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. Congregation members/attendees must wear facial coverings at all times. Congregation singing is prohibited. No choir, band, or ensemble performances during the service. Vocal or instrumental soloists are permitted to perform, and vocal soloists may have a single accompanist. Outdoor services must follow the Outdoor Dining Guidance applicable to the structure or facility.
  8. Movie Theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are permitted and must continue to follow current drive-in movie theater guidance.
  9. Museums/Zoos/Aquariums are closed for indoor service.
  10. Real Estate: Open houses are prohibited.
  11. Weddings and Funerals: Ceremonies are limited to a total of no more than thirty (30) people. Indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are prohibited.
  12. Professional Services are required to mandate that employees work from home when possible and close offices to the public if possible. Any office that must remain open must limit occupancy to 25% of indoor occupancy limits.
  13. Personal Services are limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits. Personal service providers include: cosmetologists, cosmetology testing, hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tanning salons, and tattoo artists.
  14. Long-term Care Facilities: Outdoor visits are permitted. Indoor visits are prohibited, but individual exceptions for an essential support person or end-of-life care are permitted. These restrictions are also extended to the facilities in Proclamation 20-74, et seq. All other provisions of Proclamations 20-66, et seq., and 20-74, et seq., including all preliminary criteria to allow any visitors, remain in effect.
  15. Youth and Adult Sporting Activities: Indoor activities and all contests and games are prohibited. Outdoor activities shall be limited to intra-team practices only, with facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.
  16. Miscellaneous Venues: Miscellaneous venues include: convention/conference centers, designated meeting spaces in a hotel, events centers, fairgrounds, sporting arenas, nonprofit establishment, or a substantially similar venue. All retail activities and business meetings are prohibited. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely, as well as all court and judicial branch-related proceedings, are allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits or 100 people, whichever is fewer.