Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Governor Inslee released a statement yesterday afternoon reaffirming that businesses may mostly return to business-as-usual effective today Wednesday, June 30th. Updated guidance was also released. You can read more about the Governor’s announcement in his accompanying press release.
Indoor and outdoor guidance effective June 30
Effective 12:01 AM on June 30, all industry sectors previously covered by guidance in the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery or the Safe Start Reopening Plan may return to usual capacity and operations, with limited exceptions for large indoor events (any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants in an indoor, enclosed space.)
- Vaccine verification/negative testing: For Wineries please see guidance below specific to employers in our industry
- Capacity limitations: No restrictions in restaurants, bars, stores, businesses, theaters etc. (except large indoor events)
- For Wineries, this includes the return use of our bar area!
- Physical distancing: No requirements
- Facial coverings: Not required for vaccinated individuals, unless the business chooses to require them
- Travelers: Follow CDC recommendations
Guidance Specific to Employers Regarding Fully Vaccinated vs. Not, including Masks, Methods for Vaccine Verification, and More
Requirements for places of employment issued by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries have been updated here. Please read these carefully and thoroughly! This resource includes:
- Detailed options for fully vaccinated workers to go without a mask
- Methods for verification of worker vaccination status
- Employers must be able to show the process used to verify employee vaccination status. However, they do not need to keep an actual copy of the employee’s vaccination records. Acceptable types of verification include:
- Vaccine card or photo of vaccine card
- Documentation from a health care provider
- State immunization information system record
- A hard copy or electronically signed self-attestation from the employee.
- Choices workers have to continue to mask up
- And other updated guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the job and help employers meet their obligations to provide a safe and healthy workplace.
Other Helpful Washington State Links
Department of Labor and Industries
The Department of Labor and Industries has published a Paid Sick Leave FAQ. L&I and ESD have worked together to establish a Paid Family and Medical Leave FAQ. Combined, these FAQ address a range of possible scenarios that may unfold as workplaces resume operations.
Employment Security Department of WA State (ESD)
The ESD has provided information including answers to FAQs on their website for employers and workers.
If you do not find the answer to your question on the ESD website, please send your question directly regarding any UI or related items to Josh McDonald at WWI – Josh@wwi.wine. We have secured a direct contact with ESD to get answers for all Washington wine industry questions. ESD has requested our members use a point person with their association to try and help with the overwhelming amount of questions and requests they are getting right now. This approach will likely get your question(s) answered much faster!