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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Spokane County Approved to Move to Phase 2

Governor Inslee and Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. John Wiesman approved Spokane County to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington Recovery Plan.  Click here for a link providing detailed information on Phase 2 requirements.  It is imperative that we all comply with the requirements of Phase 2 regarding social distancing, sanitation, and for businesses, the specific industry guidance for the different sectors of our economy.  

Below is information released by Greater Spokane Inc. providing some detail on moving to Phase 2 and some of the specific requirements we must follow:

What does this mean for you? 

1. An individual business is only allowed to reopen after it can implement the state guidelines for a safe start. The guidelines can be accessed here.

2. Your department must notify the Washington State Department of Health 24/7 on-call communicable disease duty officer at (206) 418-5500 of any COVID-19 outbreak within your jurisdiction and must do so within six (6) hours of your notification.

3. You are required to monitor the pandemic in your community for signs of community transmission or any concerning acceleration. If you find such condition(s), you must promptly notify the Washington State Department of Health 24/7 on-call communicable disease duty officer at (206) 418-5500 and request a consult with the state’s infectious disease epidemiologist or health officer.

4. You may not proceed to Phase III of Governor Inslee’s Phased Approach to Reopening Washington Plan without further authorization to do so from me. In no case will authorization to move to the next phase be given without at least a three (3) week monitoring period.

Subject to the conditions in this variance, the activities and business services listed in Phase II of Governor Inslee’s Phased Approach to Reopening Washington Plan are now permitted in Spokane County and exempt from the Stay Home – Stay Health Proclamation’s prohibitions. These activities and business services are:

 Recreation: Outdoor recreation involving 5 or fewer people outside your household (camping, beaches, etc.)

 Gatherings: Gather with no more than 5 people outside your household per week

Travel: Essential travel and limited non-essential travel for Phase I & II permissible activities


Remaining manufacturing o Additional construction phases

In-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.)

Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)

Real estate o Professional services/office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)

Hair and nail salons/barbers

Pet grooming

Restaurants/taverns <50% capacity and table size no larger than 5 (no bar-area seating) 

People in high-risk populations are strongly encouraged to limit their participation in these Phase II activities and business services. High-risk populations are currently defined by the CDC as:

 Persons 65 years of age and older;

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions (particularly not well controlled), including:

People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

People who have serious heart conditions

People who are immunocompromised

People with severe obesity

People with diabetes

People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

People with liver disease

People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

For more information on the variance including who is eligible to open, what requirements businesses will have to meet in order to open, where to get PPE and supplies and more please visit our Phase II website linked below!

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