Updated 03/23/2021

Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County

Summary of March 23, 2021 update: Introduces Phase 3 requirements, which permits

  • Up to 50% of room (or building) capacity with a recommended maximum of 400 people if the space is less than 100,000 square feet and 600 people if the space is more than 100,000 square feet.
  • A maximum of 15 individuals to be seated together.
  • Choirs and congregations to sing indoors without size limitations.
  • Requires woodwind and brass musicians to wear masks per the “Theater and Performing Arts” guidance.

Summary of January 11, 2021, update:

  • Permits live music and performances so long as individuals wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing requirements.
  • Permits up to one individual at a time to speak during a service without a face covering.
  • Permits up to two households to sit as group in Phase 1 outdoor services and Phase 2 indoor and outdoor services

With continuing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at spiritual gatherings, the Governor still strongly encourages religious leaders and communities to conduct services remotely. Alternatively, drive-in services are permitted.

Read & download a PDF of the full Phase 3 COVID19 Religious and Faith Based Organization Guidance here.

More COVID-19 Resources and Updates for Faith-Based Organizations in Washington State

1. PowerPoint with summary of the new Phase 3 guidance

This PowerPoint includes a summary of the Governor’s new changes and other resources.


2.  Community vaccination resources

Please use and share these materials to help spread the word about COVID-19 vaccination and encourage people in your community to get vaccinated. Check back for new materials and additional translations!

Quick links


3.  Housing Assistance Request Program 

We launched a new financial assistance program for King County residents that test positive for COVID-19. This program was developed by DOH and we are helping to implement it. Attached are talking points and other resources to help you spread the word.


4.  Vaccine Eligibility Talking Points (please use these until March 31)

Attached are talking points about the expanding eligibility of vaccine and the continued shortage of vaccine. We will update these talking points after March 31. The document is called “More Eligibility Community TP 03.12.21”


5.       Vaccine Eligibility for Child Care Workers PSA (videos)

PSA videos about vaccine eligibility for child care workers. Community Navigators deliver the PSA is Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. We will soon release versions in Amharic and Somali.


6.  Vaccine Phase Finder now available in 30 languages

Phase Finder is an online tool from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) that asks a series of questions to check if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine now. If you are not yet eligible, you can sign up to be notified when you become eligible for vaccine.

Phase Finder is now available in many languages: AmharicArabicPortuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), EnglishFarsiFrenchGermanHindiJapaneseKhmerKoreanLaoNepaliOromoPunjabiRomanianRussianSomaliSpanishSwahiliTagalogTamilTeluguThaiTigrinyaUkrainianUrduVietnamese


7.  COVID-19 variants and mask updates

It’s a good time to improve our masks and how we wear them as more contagious COVID-19 variants emerge.

“When everyone wears a mask, we’re all safer,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Always wear your mask whenever around people who don’t live with you, especially indoors. The key is to use a mask that’s well made and fits snugly against your face,” said Duchin.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 variant strains are translated into 18 languages and attached here. New posters on masks/face coverings are attached and will also be available at KingCounty.gov/masks.


8.  What fully vaccinated people can do (CDC Website)

For the latest information on what fully vaccinated people can do and not do, please check out the CDC’s page linked above.


9.  Black providers on the vaccine

There is a new video series with Black healthcare providers on the COVID-19 vaccine hosted by W. Kamau Bell available at BetweenUsAboutUs.org and YouTube.com/GreaterThanCOVID. There are about 50 videos about a number of different topics.


10.COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Individuals and Households Program Interim Policy


11. Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery 

We are now in Phase 3 of this statewide plan. More details on Phase 3 can be found here.


Updated information will be posted online at the following link: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq

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