Washington Now in Phase 3

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On March 22, the state moved into Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery Phase 3. Here's what is allowed under Phase 3:

50% Indoor Capacity

Under Phase 3, indoor activities at restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, etc. can operate at 50% occupancy with a 400 person maximum. Phase 3 also permits alcohol service until midnight (previously 11 p.m.). Click here for industry specific guidelines.

50% Outdoor Capacity for Smaller Locations; 25% for Larger Locations

The new phase also allows for up to 400 people maximum to attend outdoor activities, as well as events in indoor facilities — so long as 400 people does not exceed 50% capacity for the location, and physical distancing and masking protocols are enforced. Larger venue events are capped at 25% occupancy, or up to 9,000 people, whichever is less, and must follow spectator guidelines.

Spectators Can Attend Sporting Events

In-person spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues for both professional and high school sporting events (with permanent seating). Capacity capped at 25%. This includes motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.

Meeting New Metrics

Under Phase 3, the state is returning to evaluating counties individually every three weeks. The evaluations will occur on Mondays with the first evaluation scheduled for April 12. Any possible changes would take effect the following Friday.

In Phase 3, King County must keep a 14-day average of new COVID cases at or below 200 per 100,000 residents, and a seven-day average of new hospitalizations per 100,000 at 5 or fewer.

Additionally, if at any point the statewide ICU capacity reaches greater than 90%, all counties will move down one Phase.

The Department of Health always maintains the ability to move a county forward or backward at their discretion.

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