Washington COVID-19 Safe Start

The quickest way to reopen the economy and schools is to control the spread of COVID-19. The governor has extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31. He also signed his Safe Start plan, which amends some components of the original order and describes a plan to reopen the state in four phases, while improving and closely monitoring the control of the virus. Some businesses could reopen as early as this week.

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Through the Safe Start plan, businesses and activities will reopen in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks long — data about the spread of the virus and capacity of the public health and health care system will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wait. What is in which phase again?

I’m over 65. What does this mean for me?

Am I required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering when I go out?

What data is the governor referring to as he decides whether to go to Phase 2?

Why are some counties allowed to resume certain activities but not others?

So if a different county is Phase 2, can I go there to get my hair done?

When will we know if activities (sports activities, vacations, etc.) will be allowed?

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More Information

Information in this blog changes rapidly. Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.

Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact our call center at
1–800–525–0127. Hours: 6 am-10 pm, seven days a week.

Department of Health call center: 1–800–525–0127, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week

Please check our website for the most up-to-date info on Washington’s response to COVID-19 at www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus.

Public Health Connection

From the Washington State Department of Health

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