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.
- Fewer, safer interactions are crucial. Limit social gatherings to 5 or fewer people (10 people in Phase 3 counties).
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.
LEAVE SOME FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR. DON’T BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED!
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!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I find out what’s open in my county?
The governor’s Safe Start plan outlines four phases of reopening. Our Safe Start page has information about which phases each county is in and what's open in each phase.
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 https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ 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?
A homemade cloth face covering can be an effective and affordable option. Easy alternatives are to use a scarf or any breathable, washable fabric and wrap it around your face so that a couple layers of fabric are completely covering your mouth and nose. Individuals are currently required to wear a cloth face covering if you are in a shared or public setting. Employers have requirements for staff as well. More information on face masks is here.
When should I wear a homemade cloth face mask?
Masks are required in most situations when you’re out in public. There are three face cover orders in place:
- For employers and workers: Washington employers must ensure workers wear face coverings at work in almost all situations. Employers must provide face coverings if workers do not have them. Employers must comply with this order, which is enforced by the Department of Labor & Industries.
- For the public: An order from the secretary of health requires Washingtonians to wear face coverings in public spaces and shared spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Examples include hotel or apartment hallways, outdoors where many people are gathered such as parks, playgrounds or popular walking paths, and in a restaurant when not seated and eating. People are individually responsible to comply with this order.
- For businesses: A proclamation from Gov. Inslee prohibits businesses from allowing customers to enter without face coverings. Businesses are encouraged to provide alternatives for customers who cannot wear masks. Best practices for businesses is here in English (Updated July 28) and Spanish).