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Posted on: June 19, 2020

King County Approved to Move to Phase 2 of Safe Start Reopening Plan

King County announced today that, following an application to the Washington State Department Health, the county has now moved into a phase 2 under the state’s phased reopening of business, recreational and social activities.

This phase allows businesses and activities to resume with limited capacity that meets specific requirements.

Below is a list of requirements for various businesses. More information can be found at Safe Start King County.

Restaurants
• Outdoor dining activities is allowed at 50 percent of capacity with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance, though additional seating will be allowed provided it follows Public Health – Seattle & King County’s best practices. Restaurants will also need to go through the normal process within their city - or King County if the establishment is located within unincorporated King County - to seek approval to expand outdoor seating.
• Indoor dining services may operate at 50 percent of capacity, provided such tables and chairs are more than 6 feet away from each other.

In-store retail
• All non-essential retail activities may operate but an establishment’s occupancy may not be not be higher than 30 percent of capacity.
• Businesses are directed to provide signage at entrances and throughout the store alerting staff and customers to the required occupancy limits, six-foot physical distancing guidance and policy on face coverings.
• Essential retail activities may continue to operate according to the existing state regulations.

Personal services: Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Master Estheticians, Manicurists, Nail Salon Workers, Electrologists, Permanent Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Cosmetology Schools and Esthetics Schools
• All activities may operate but the number of clients served will be limited to no more than 50 percent of capacity or one person if it is a single bed/chair studio.

Professional services: Accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, information technologists, insurance agents, tax preparers, and other office-based occupations that are typically serving a client base.
• All activities allowed but an establishment’s occupancy should not be higher than 50 percent of capacity.

Construction
• All construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume.

Card Rooms
• All card rooms are subject to Phase 2 guidance which generally restricts the card room designated area to the lesser of 25% capacity or 50 individuals.
• The restaurants or taverns area of the facility is required to follow the Phase 2 guidance, which restricts capacity to 50% and prohibits bar service. Games are also limited to 25% occupancy per table. Limitations on capacity does not include staff.

Domestic Services: Any worker (hourly, salaried, independent contractor, full-time, part-time, or temporary) who is paid by one or more employer and provides domestic services to an individual or household in/about a private home as a nanny, house cleaner, cook, private chef, or household manager.
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Maintain minimum six-foot separation between staff and customers in all interactions at all times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are required, such as use of barriers, minimize staff or customers in narrow or enclosed areas, stagger breaks, and work shift starts.

Drive-in Theaters
• Customers must remain in their vehicles at all times except to visit the restroom or concessions area.

Fitness
• Staffed indoor fitness studios and facilities allowed, including but not limited to gymnastics, weight and resistance training, martial arts, yoga, and similar instructor-led fitness services, as well as staffed indoor tennis facilities.
• All fitness activities are limited to groups of five participants or less.

Higher Education
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ll non-lecture based higher education and workforce training, including where social distancing may not be maintained.

Library Services
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All public libraries, public library systems, institutional and governmental libraries, and libraries at institutions of higher education.
• All activities are limited to mail or curbside pick-up and remain otherwise closed to the public.

Manufacturing Operations
• Maintain minimum six-foot separation between employers/workers in all interactions at all times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are required, such as use of barriers, minimizing staff in narrow or enclosed areas, and/or creating space between employees/workers and job tasks as possible.
• Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate or required to employees for the activity being performed.

Outdoor recreation: Staffed outdoor tennis facilities; guided ATV, paddle sports, and horseback riding; go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, and participant only motorsports.
• All outdoor recreation activities are subject to Phase 2 guidance and are generally limited to groups of five participants or less, in some instances up to 12 individuals or three households are permitted.

Pet Grooming
• All services allowed but an establishment’s occupancy should not be higher than 50 percent of capacity.

Professional Photography
 
All professional photography services are subject to Phase 2 guidance which restricts services to appointment only and for one client (and family member, if client is a minor) at any given time. Group sessions are not allowed unless the group consists of immediate family only.

Real Estate: Residential and Commercial.
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All real estate activities are allowed, subject to Phase 2 guidance, which generally restricts out of office activities to appointment only and with no more than three people; office activities require reservations for in-person customer services and guest occupancy is limited to 50% of a building’s occupancy.

Religious and Faith Organizations: All religious and faith-based organizations may operate services including worship services; religious study classes; religious ceremonies; religious holiday celebrations, weddings, and funerals.
All religious and faith based activities are subject to Phase 2 guidance which generally restricts indoor services to the lesser of 25% capacity or 200 individuals as long as 6 feet of distance is kept between people from different households. In-home services/counseling is restricted to no more than five individuals. Limitations on capacity does not include an organization’s staff but does include volunteers.

Social and Recreational Gatherings
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Individuals may gather with five or fewer people from outside their household per week.

Sporting Activities: Golf; professional sporting activities indoor and outdoor; outdoor youth team sports and outdoor adult recreational team sports, excluding school-connected or administered team sports and junior hockey.
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All sporting activities are subject to Phase 2 guidance (golf and other sporting activities). Non-professional sporting activities are generally limited to groups of five participants or less; for team sports that can mean limiting to groups of five in separate parts of the field if separated by a buffer zone.
• Professional sporting activities may generally operate, including up to 50 people for back office operations, for full team practices and spectator-less games and competitions.

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