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Washington’s 4 Phase COVID plan and Real Estate

Phase 1 — expected to begin in early May


What’s allowed:


Some outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking). Note that camping is still not allowed and state campsites remain closed.

“Drive-in” spiritual services with one household per vehicle

Only essential travel

Essential businesses

Existing construction that meets agreed-upon criteria


Car sales

Retail — only curbside pickup.

Car washes

Pet walkers



Phase 2 — earliest expected date based on current data trends: May 25


What will be allowed:


All outdoor recreation involving fewer than five people outside your household. Camping and beaches are expected to reopen.

Gatherings with no more than five people outside your household

Limited nonessential travel within proximity of home

All remaining manufacturing businesses

New construction

In home/domestic services such as nannies, house cleaning

Retail — in-store purchases allowed with some restrictions.

Real estate

Office-based businesses. Telework remains strongly encouraged.

Barbers, hair and nail salons

Restaurants — must operate at under 50% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of five.



Phase 3 — earliest expected date based on current data trends: June 15


What will be allowed:


Outdoor group recreational sports activities — capped at groups of 50 people.

Recreational facilities such as public pools — operating at less than 50% capacity

All gatherings capped at 50 people

Nonessential travel can resume

Restaurants can operate at up to 75% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of 10

Bars at under 25% capacity

Indoor gyms at under 50% capacity

Movie theaters at under 50% capacity

Government offices open. Telework remains strongly encouraged.



All other businesses other than nightclubs and events with more than 50 people.



Phase 4 — earliest expected date based on current data trends: July 6


What will be allowed:


Public interactions will be allowed to resume, though physical distancing should still be observed.

All recreational activity can resume

Gatherings of more than 50 people can resume


Concert venues

Large sporting events


Social distancing and good hygiene habits must continue.

For parents already weary from weeks of juggling work with home-schooling their children, the governor offered this hopeful note: “There’s a very good chance schools will reopen in the fall. I’m very hopeful that is the case,” Inslee said. “What we do in the next several weeks will have a large impact on that decision.”


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