Governor Inslee announced a plan to move forward in his Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan.
On Tuesday, May 18, all counties moved or stayed in Phase 3, which allows indoor service at 50% capacity and a limit of 10 people per table.
In addition, the Governor announced the new strategy for reopening will be focused on vaccination rates. He expects the state will entirely reopen on June 30, or sooner if 70% of eligible Washington residents receive at least their first vaccine. As soon as this happens, COVID restrictions on most industries – including eating and drinking establishments – will be lifted.
The Governor also announced that Washington will adopt the CDC’s new federal guidelines for masks. This new guidance is for fully vaccinated people, meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state will work with the Department of Health and Labor & Industries to update our guidance documents as soon as possible.
…..effective immediately with the exception of Seattle/King County,
- Businesses are not required to enforce masking for non-vaccinated patrons. This is consistent with our current mask order
- Businesses are not required to check vax cards or any other proof of vaccination
- Businesses may still adopt a policy that masks are required for all patrons and a policy to check for proof of vaccination