Washington’s current reopening plan

Washington’s current reopening plan

On Jan. 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state’s new reopening plan, “Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery.”

The state will use a regional approach for its phased recovery plan, with only two phases while it continues to assess the evolving pandemic.

According to the state, phases may be added in the future as the impact of continued vaccine distribution and other changes in COVID-19 response require.

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Here are the following regions:

Puget Sound East North North Central Northwest South Central Southwest West
Phase as of Feb. 1 Phase2 Phase2 Phase2 Phase 2 Phase 2 Phase2 Phase 2 Phase2


On Jan. 28, Gov. Inslee announced that regions must meet three of four metrics in order to move into phase 2:

  • Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.
  • Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations.
  • Less than 90% intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy.
  • COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.

On Feb. 1, two of the eight regions moved to phase 2 -- Puget Sound (King, Pierce and Snohomish) and West (Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis).

Inslee announced 5 more regions will move to phase 2 on Feb. 14 -- East, North, North Central, Northwest and Southwest.

On Feb. 14, the entire state was officially in phase 2 of the reopening plan. The department said that a hospital in Walla Walla reported their data incorrectly, keeping the South Central region stuck in phase 1 due to the metrics.

If any region fails to meet any two metrics, they will go back to Phase 1.

Below is the state’s Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan.

Activities Phase 1 Phase 2
Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Indoor Prohibited Max of 5 people from outside your household, limit 2 households
Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Outdoor Max of 10 people from outside your household, limit 2 households Max of 15 people from outside your household, limit 2 households
Worship Services Max of 15 people from outside your household, limit 2 households Indoor maximum 25% capacity
Retail Stores
(includes farmers’ markets, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies)
Maximum 25% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-up Maximum 25% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
Professional Services Remote work strongly encouraged, 25% capacity otherwise Remote work strongly encouraged, 25% capacity otherwise
Personal Services Indoor maximum 25% capacity. Indoor maximum 25% capacity.
Eating and Drinking Establishments
(establishments only serving individuals 21+ and no food remain closed)
Indoor dining prohibited. Outdoor or open-air dining, end alcohol service/delivery at11PM, max 6 per table, limit 2 households per table Indoor dining available 25% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at 11PM. Outdoor or open-air dining available, max 6 per table, limit 2 households per table
Weddings and Funerals Ceremonies are limited to a total of no more than 30 people. Indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are prohibited. Ceremonies and indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are permitted and must follow the appropriate venue requirements. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply. Dancing is prohibited.
Indoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments
(includes gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools, indoor K-12 sports, indoor sports, indoor personal training, indoor dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing)
Low risk and moderate risk sports permitted for practice and training only in stable groups of no more than 5 athletes. Appointment based fitness/training; less than 1 hour sessions, no more than 1 customer/athlete per room or per 500/sq. ft. for large facilities. Low and moderate risk sports competitions permitted (no tournaments). High risk sports permitted for practice and training. Fitness and training and indoor sports maximum 25% capacity.
Outdoor Sports and Fitness Establishments
(outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks and hiking trails, outdoor campsites, outdoor K-12 sports, outdoor sports, outdoor personal training, outdoor dance, outdoor motorsports)
Low and moderate risk sports permitted for practice and training only (no tournaments). Outdoor guided activities, hunting, fishing, motorsports, parks, camping, hiking, biking, running, snow sports, permitted. Low, moderate, and high-risk sports competitions allowed (no tournaments), maximum 200 including spectators.
Indoor Entertainment Establishments
(includes aquariums, indoor theaters, indoor arenas, indoor concert halls, indoor gardens, indoor museums, indoor bowling, indoor trampoline facilities, indoor cardrooms, indoor entertainment activities of any kind, indoor event spaces)
Private rentals/tours for individual households of no more than 6 people permitted. General admission prohibited. Maximum 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply.
Outdoor Entertainment Establishments
(includes zoos, outdoor gardens, outdoor aquariums, outdoor theaters, outdoor stadiums, outdoor event spaces, outdoor arenas, outdoor concert venues, rodeos)
Ticketed events only: Groups of 10, limit 2 households, timed ticketing required. Groups of 15, limit 2 households per group, maximum 200 including spectators for events.