On October 21, 2020 Gov. Jay Inslee announced updated guidance for religious and faith based organizations as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan.
The religious and faith-based guidance is updated to:
- Clarify that physical distancing between non-household members must be 6 feet in all directions; and
- Permit brief physical contact among up to five individuals, excluding religious leaders, if the brief contact is a critical component to the organization’s religious service, so long as masks are worn and hands are sanitized immediately before and after the contact.
Read the full guidance document here.
Find a full list of current reopening guidance here.
With continuing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at spiritual gatherings as counties have advanced to Phases 1.5, 2, and 3 of the Safe Start Plan, the Governor still strongly encourages religious leaders and communities to conduct services remotely. Alternatively, drive-in services are permitted in all phases and capacity limits do not apply. Counseling services are essential and may be permitted in-person, if remote counseling is not viable.
In addition to remote and drive-in services, religious and faith-based organizations are permitted to conduct the following activities, provided all requirements in this document are met:
View and download a PDF version of the document in the above slideshow here: COVID19 Phase 1 to 3 Religious and Faith Based Organization Guidance
MORE RESOURCES & INFORMATION
- Limitations on gatherings to minimize COVID-19 – Information for community organizations and faith communities from Public Health-Seattle & King County
- King County General Information on Coronavirus response.
- Public Health –Seattle & King County