Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Stay Home When Possible, Stay Healthy

As counties around the state begin to reopen, remember:

  • It’s still safest to stay home.
  • If you go out, stay six feet apart, wear a face covering and wash your hands.
  • Stay local.
A successful Safe Start means we all have to do our part. Prevent the spread by staying local.


If you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, contact your health provider to schedule a test. Stay home and keep yourself separated from other people and animals in your home. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headaches, or sudden loss of smell and taste. For test locations, call your health provider or local health department.


Washington's supply chains are normal, yet consumers are overstocking on items that we all need to stay safe. Health experts emphasize the best way to protect yourself from infection is through washing your hands frequently and limiting contact with others, not by overstocking certain supplies. Leave some for the folks who need them most! 


How can I find out what’s open in my county?
The governor’s Safe Start plan outlines four phases of reopening (see page 6 for lists of activities allowed in each phase). The state’s COVID-19 dashboard notes which phase each county is in.

Can I go outside?
Yes. In fact, being outside is good for you. Just remember to stay at least six feet away from others, stay local, and avoid crowds.  

Can my family or friends come visit? 
As counties are approved for reopening, some smaller group gatherings are allowed. If you spend time with anyone outside your immediate household, continue staying 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings and wash your hands frequently.

How can I protect myself if I go out? 
Staying home is still safest, but if you go out, stay at least six feet away from others, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. Stay close to home to avoid spreading COVID-19 across county lines.

Should I cancel my vacation plans? 
Non-essential travel is discouraged. If you do travel, stay 6 feet from others and wear a cloth face covering. Be sure to check the status and conditions of the location you’re traveling to. Visit for current guidance.

I’m nervous about seeing my doctor in person. Is it safe?
Yes, if your provider is open it’s because they have all the safety protocols in place to keep patients and staff safe. You can call your healthcare provider to confirm they are seeing patients for non-emergency services.

Should I wear a homemade cloth face mask?   
Officials recommend you wear a cloth face covering if you are in a public setting where you cannot maintain six feet of distance from others. Most businesses are also asking customers to wear masks. Employers have new requirements for staff as well. More information on face masks is here.

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