Safe Start Washington & Other Reopening Resources

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On May 1, Governor Inslee announced an extension of his existing Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 31 and unveiled Safe Start Washington, a four-phase plan that will be used to stage the gradual reopening of businesses and facilities statewide. Each phase will last for at least three weeks in order to gather health data and evaluate continued advances.

It is crucial to maintain some level of community interventions to suppress the spread of COVID-19 throughout all phases of recovery until there is an effective vaccine, effective treatment, or herd immunity. Each phase, while allowing for additional services to open and return to full capacity, is grounded in required practices for all employers.

This page compiles resources intended to assist local businesses in safely reopening through the state's phased approach. Check back often for more resources.

Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery

Infographic detailing the four phases outlined in the Safe Start Washington plan

Industry-Specific Guidelines

Below we link to the industry-specific guidelines issued by Governor Inslee's office. Don't see your business's industry listed? That may mean that the Governor has not published guidelines for your specific industry yet. We will update this listing as soon as guidelines become available.

Car Wash Services
Domestic Services
Drive-In Theaters

Movie Theaters

Miscellaneous Venues

Fitness & Training
Landscaping Services & Outdoor Maintenance
Library Services
Medical Services
Outdoor Recreation & Sporting Activities

Outdoor Recreation

Sporting Activities

Personal Services
Pet Grooming
Pet Walking
Professional Photography
Professional Services
Real Estate
Religious, Spiritual, & Faith-Based Services
  • Phases One-Three Guidance
    • Memorandum on Conducting Religious, Spiritual, & Faith-Based Drive-in Service
    • FAQ for for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations from Public Health - Seattle & King County

Curbside Guidance

Resuming Limited In-Store Retail Operations Guidance

Weddings, Funeral and Memorial Services
Vehicle & Vessel Sales

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Other Useful Reopening Resources

Federal & State Guidelines

Reopening Toolkits and Databases

Industry-Specific Resources

Webinar Recordings

The City of Mercer Island wants to support local businesses during this uncertain time. Contact Sarah Bluvas, Small Business Liaison, at to let us know how we can help.

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