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August 14, 2020

It's been a while... a Phase 2 Refresher

On June 5, 2020, Skagit County moved into Phase 2 of the Safe Start -- Reopening Washington plan. We didn’t expect to be in Phase 2 this long, but because case counts are continuing to rise in Skagit County and throughout the State, we expect to be here for a while longer. Here’s a quick reminder of what is and isn’t allowed in Phase 2:
What can I do in Phase 2?

  • Small social gatherings of up to five people are allowed. Keep the number of people you see each week to just five people who you don’t live with. Check out our previous newsletter on gather safe, gather small for more explanation.
  • Outdoor recreation like going to the park or camping is allowed as long as it involves only your household members or five or fewer people from outside your household. Always check with campgrounds and recreation facilities before you go for any additional rules and restrictions.
  • Retail stores, drive-in movie theaters, libraries (curbside pick-up only), professional services, nail and hair salons, barbers, and pet groomers are open, with some restrictions.
  • Outdoor spiritual or religious services with up to 200 people, and indoor spiritual or religious services with up to 25% of capacity or 200 people as long as six feet physical distance can be maintained between households.
  • Restaurants are open at <50% capacity with table sizes no larger than five. Indoor dining is only allowed for members of the same household.
  • Bars and taverns are open at <50% capacity, and indoor seating is not allowed.
  • Limited indoor fitness and training facilities can open if they can provide 300 square feet of distance per person and up to 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor fitness classes with a maximum of eight people from different households.

While all of these activities are allowed in Phase 2, they all require that you follow social distancing and masking guidelines while participating. As much as possible, stay six feet apart from anyone you don’t live with. Wear a mask at all times (unless, of course, physically taking a bite of food or a drink of something), even when gathering in your groups of five or fewer. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently, don’t share food or drink and don’t touch your face or mask with unclean hands.
What’s still on hold?

  • Recreational facilities, like pools, bowling alleys and arcades.
  • Movie theaters, libraries and museums.
  • Nightclubs and live entertainment, indoors or out.
  • Large outdoor recreational and social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions.

For more information on what’s open and under what guidelines, visit the Washington State Safe Start page. If you have a question about a specific activity, please feel free to call Skagit Public Health at 360-416-1500.