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Whatcom County (and Island and Skagit) permitted to advance to Phase 2 of Inslee’s “Roadmap to Recovery”

FERNDALE, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee announced today the “North Region” as identified in his recently announced “Roadmap to Recovery” has been approved to advance to Phase 2 effective Monday, February 15th. The North Region includes Whatcom County.

These regions have demonstrated declining COVID cases and hospitalizations, and have met the necessary requirements to advance.

Office of the Governor (February 11, 2021)

While still under restrictions, businesses and individuals may engage in more activities in Whatcom County as a result of moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2.

Restrictions for worship services, retail stores and professional and personal services remain unchanged. 

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Mandates under Phase 2 are as follows.

  • Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Indoor
    Max of 5 people from outside your household, limit 2 households
  • Events – Indoor
    Groups of 15, limit 2 households per group. Maximum capacity of 200, so long as 6-feet of physical distancing is maintained between groups.
  • Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Outdoor
    Max of 15 people from outside your household, limit 2 households
  • Worship Services
    Indoor maximum 25% capacity
  • Retail Stores (includes farmers’ markets, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies)
    Maximum 25% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
  • Professional Services
    Remote work strongly encouraged, 25% capacity otherwise
  • Personal Services
    Indoor maximum 25% capacity
  • Eating and Drinking Establishments (establishments only serving individuals 21+ and no food remain closed
    Indoor dining available 25% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at 11pm. Outdoor or open-air dining available, max 6 per table, limit 2 households per table
  • Weddings and Funerals
    Indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such indoor ceremonies are permitted and must follow the appropriate venue guidelines. Maximum capacity of 200 or 25% capacity (not including vendors), whichever is less, so long as 6-feet of physical distancing is maintained between groups.
  • Indoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments (includes gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools, indoor K-12 sports, indoor sports, indoor personal training, indoor dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing)
    Low- and moderate-risk sports competitions permitted (no tournaments). High-risk sports permitted for practice and training. Fitness and training and indoor sports maximum 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor Sports and Fitness Establishments (outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks and hiking trails, outdoor campsites, outdoor K-12 sports, outdoor sports, outdoor personal training, outdoor dance, outdoor motorsports)
    Low-, moderate- and high-risk sports competitions allowed (no tournaments), maximum 200 including spectators
  • Indoor Entertainment Establishments
    Maximum 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply
  • Outdoor Entertainment Establishments
    Groups of 15, limit 2 households per group, maximum 200 including spectators for events

All regions have now been able to advance to Phase 2 except for the “South Central” region which includes Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties which remains at Phase 1.

The next “Roadmap to Recovery” update is expected to be released on February 26th. The Governor’s office has yet to provide information about what advancement is possible beyond Phase 2.

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