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Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery

“Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery” is the COVID-19 phased recovery plan announced by Governor Inslee on January 5, 2021. The Healthy Washington recovery plan will take effect on Monday, January 11, 2021. All regions start under Phase 1 guidelines.

This new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, protecting access to healthcare and promoting economic recovery across the State.

Eight Regions

There will be eight regions of four or more counties, divided according to available health care services based on metrics such as hospitalizations, case data and disease mobility.

Source: WA’s Governor’s Office on Medium

The Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery regions are as follows:

  • Central: King, Pierce, Snohomish
  • East: Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman
  • North: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom
  • North Central: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan
  • Northwest: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason
  • South Central: Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Yakima
  • Southwest: Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum
  • West: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Thurston
Restrictions Under Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery

Key restrictions in Phase 1 are:

  • Indoor social gatherings are prohibited, outdoor social gatherings are limited to ten people and no more than two distinct households.
  • Indoor worship services, retail stores, professional services and personal services (hair salons, nail salons, etc…) are limited to 25 percent capacity. Where possible, remote work/attendance and curbside pickup are encouraged.
  • Indoor dining at any eating or drinking establishment is prohibited. Outdoor dining is limited to six people per table and no more than two households at each table. Establishments must close by 11 p.m.
  • Weddings and funeral ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people. Indoor receptions, wakes or similar related gatherings in conjunction with such services are prohibited.
  • Indoor entertainment establishments may offer private reservations for individual households and no more than 6 people. General admission is prohibited.
  • Outdoor entertainment establishments may offer timed ticketed events to groups of ten (limit two households) at a time.

Depending on the activity, additional restrictions and/or requirements for reopening (required masking, spacing, etc…) may also be in effect. To read the full phase activity chart, and for additional information on Phase 1 permitted activities, see here.

How Regions Will Progress Through the Phases

Progress through the Healthy Washington phases is dictated by four metrics measured by region:

  • Decreasing trend in two week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population (decrease has to be greater than 10 percent)
  • Decreasing trend in two-week rate in new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100,000 population (decrease must be greater than 10 percent)
  • Total (COVID and non-COVID) ICU occupancy has to be less than 90 percent capacity
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate must be less than 10 percent.

Progress will be determined automatically, no application by the regions will be required. The Washington State Department of Health will evaluate metrics each Friday, with any movement – forward or backward – taking effect the following Monday.

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COVID-19 Safety on the Job site

Every worker must understand and participate in COVID-19 safety on the job site. We are all responsible for our own safety and we can all make a positive impact on the safety of others.

Washington State has entered Phase 1 of of 4 towards reopening from the Coronavirus closures. The following chart outlines the general plan for reopening, although the timing of each step remains uncertain (click for an enlarged chart):

The first steps for Phase 1 include a return to work for some construction companies. Low-risk construction work resumes in Phase 1. Requirements have been issued to ensure COVID-19 safety on the job site for all workers. Know what is required in order to be sure that these rules are being followed by you, your co-workers and your employer.

COVID-19 Job Site Requirements

“Any existing construction projects complying with [these] points may resume only those work activities that do not require workers to be closer than six-feet together. If a work activity requires workers to be closer than six-feet, it is not considered low- risk and is not authorized. Adherence to the physical distancing requirement and the health and safety points… will be strictly enforced.”

– Gov. Jay Inslee’s Construction Working Group

The requirements set out to ensure COVID-19 safety on the job site can be read in full here. They cover, in detail, the following:

  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor
  • COVID-19 Safety Training
  • Social Distancing
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Employer Provided
  • Sanitation and Cleanliness
  • Employee Health/Symptoms
  • Job Site Visitors
AGC’s Training Video Covers This and More

AGC has made it’s training video on COVID-19 safety on the job site available for the public. The information is quite complete and conveys the responsibilities of both the employers and workers in adhering to the requirements.

Safety Complaints and Violation Reporting

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is responsible for workplace safety and health, including inspections and enforcement, consultation, technical assistance, training, education and grants.

Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e- mail to adag235@lni.wa.gov. All other violations related to Proclamation 20-25 can be submitted via at: https://bit.ly/covid-compliance.

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