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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.• 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• All non-lecture based higher education and workforce training, including where social distancing may not be maintained.
Library Services• 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.• 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 • 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.• 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.