Washington’s current reopening plan

Earlier in the year, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state’s new reopening plan, “Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery.”

As of May 18, Inslee announced that all counties will move to phase 3.

He also announced the state is on track for a full reopening of the economy by June 30. The full reopening could happen earlier if 70% or more eligible Washingtonians have initiated their vaccinations before then.

Large and small counties will have different set of criteria. In order to move down one phase, a county must fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations. In the previous plan, a county only needed to fail one metric to move back one phase.

If at any point the statewide ICU capacity reaches more than 90%, all counties will move down one phase.

County SizeIndicatorPhase 1Phase 2Phase 3
Larger CountyNew cases per 100,000 population per 14 days>350350-200<200
New COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 population per 7 days>105-10<5
Smaller County (<50,000 people)New COVID cases over 14 days>175100-175<100
New COVID hospitalizations over 7 days>53-5<3

The Department of Health will decide whether a county moves forward or backward.

Large counties, defined as counties with more than 50,000 residents, to remain in phase 3 they must keep a 14-day average of new COVID cases below 200 per 100,000 residents, and a seven-day average of new hospitalizations per 100,000 below five, according to the state.

If a county has less than 50,000 people, defined as smaller counties, must maintain a 14-day average of new cases below 100, and a new seven-day hospitalization average below three.

These counties are Klickitat, Asotin, Pacific, Adams, San Juan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Lincoln, Ferry, Wahkiakum, Columbia, Kittitas, Stevens, Douglas, Okanogan, Jefferson and Garfield.

On Jan. 6, the state used a regional approach for its phased recovery plan and it only had two phases.

Here were the following regions:

Puget SoundEastNorthNorth CentralNorthwestSouth CentralSouthwestWest
Phase as of Feb. 1Phase2Phase2Phase2Phase 2Phase 2Phase2Phase 2Phase2

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.

ActivitiesPhase 1Phase 2Phase 3
Social and At-Home Gathering Size — IndoorProhibitedMax of 5 people from outside your household, limit 2 householdsMax 10 people from outside your household
Social and At-Home Gathering Size — OutdoorMax of 10 people from outside your household, limit 2 householdsMax of 15 people from outside your household, limit 2 householdsMax 50 people
Worship ServicesMax of 15 people from outside your household, limit 2 householdsIndoor maximum 25% capacityIndoor maximum 50% capacity
Retail Stores
(includes farmers’ markets, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies)
Maximum 25% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-upMaximum 25% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-upMaximum 50% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
Professional ServicesRemote work strongly encouraged, 25% capacity otherwiseRemote work strongly encouraged, 25% capacity otherwiseRemote work strongly encouraged, 50% capacity otherwise.
Personal ServicesIndoor maximum 25% capacity.Indoor maximum 25% capacity.Indoor maximum 50% 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 tableIndoor dining available 25% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at 11PM. Outdoor or open-air dining available, max 6 per table, limit 2 households per tableIndoor dining available 50% capacity, end alcohol service/ delivery at 12AM. Outdoor or open-air dining available, max 10 people per table.
Weddings and FuneralsCeremonies 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.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, the eating and drinking requirements above apply.
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.Sports competitions and tournaments allowed all risk categories. Fitness and training and indoor sports maximum 50% capacity. Showers allowed.
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.Sports competitions and tournaments allowed all risk categories. Maximum spectators allowed 400 with capacity restriction depending on facility. Guided activities allowed without hard caps subject to restrictions.
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.Maximum 50% capacity or 400 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.Walk-up tickets allowed with restrictions. Maximum spectators allowed 400 with capacity restriction depending on facility.