Approved for Phase 1.5, King County Moves Forward

The state approved King County to move into a modified Phase 1, allowing limited opening of restaurants, retail, and other business and activities.

Effective immediately, King County has moved into a modified Phase 1 reopening. Phase 1.5 allows limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses, recreation, and personal activities in King County. Businesses will be required to follow specific state guidelines for their sector (click here for sector-specific guidance).

One such change is that businesses will need to reduce indoor operations to 30 minutes to help limit close interactions. Here's what - and how - things will reopen in modified Phase 1:

Restaurants Outdoor Dining
  • Allowed at 50% of capacity with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance.
Indoor Dining
  • Operate at 25% of capacity, provided such tables and chairs are more than 6 feet away from each other.
In-Store Retail
  • All non-essential retail activities may operate but an establishment's occupancy may not be not be higher than 15% of capacity.
  • Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to less than 30 minutes, with face-to-face interactions limited to 30 minutes.
  • Essential retail activities may continue to operate according to the existing state regulations.
Personal Services
Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Manicurists, etc.
  • All activities may operate but the number of clients served will be limited to no more than 25% of capacity or one person if it is a single bed/chair studio.
Professional Services
Accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, insurance agents, tax preparers, real estate, and other office-based occupations serving a client base
  • All activities allowed but an establishment's occupancy should not be higher than 25% of capacity.
  • Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to be less than 30 minutes, with face to face interactions limited to 30 minutes.
  • All construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume.
  • Indoor fitness studios may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance but is limited to one on one activities only.
  • All outdoor activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance, which limits the occupants to no more than five people outside of a household (excluding the instructor).
Outdoor recreation
  • All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance, part 1, 2 and 3.
Social Gatherings
  • Only allowed outdoors with five or fewer people outside the household.

Have questions? King County has put together a FAQ for modified Phase 1 reopening.

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