Plans for Recovery and How to Return to Work

In Washington, visit the Safe Start page for guidance and information on phased reopening.  Click to see a chart of the four PhasesEach phase will be at least three weeksCounties can apply to move to the next phase, but data and metrics will determine whether and when the application will be approved.  Click here to see the current status of all Washington counties

  • Read the full Safe Start policy plan here.
  • Full list of guidance for all current businesses
  • NEW AWB’s PPE Connect directory and Business Tool Kit are available to employers to help them safely return to operations. The Association of Washington Business’s (AWB’s) Rebound and Recovery website is free for all Washington businesses.
  • NEW Effective June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.  Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two are excepted. Children aged 2-4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering with adult assistance.  Individuals may remove masks while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that social distancing is maintained between people who are not members of their household.
  • Effective June 8, cloth facial coverings are required at the workplace, except: those working alone in an office, vehicle, or jobsite; individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who communicate with someone who relies on nonverbal language cues; workers with a medical condition or disability may also be exempt. Department of Labor & Industries published "Which Mask for Which Task" and an FAQ Page.
  • Gov Inslee released a statement and guidance on voluntary contact information as part of phased reopening.
  • After reviewing Washington return to work information outlined above, if you aren’t sure whether or how the rules apply to your business, please fill out the businesses inquiry form online for answers to your specific questions.

The Business and Worker page on will be updated with guidance as it is released.  Visit Washington’s What’s Open page for more information about which personal, recreational and spiritual activities are allowed in the current phase.

Phase 2 Guidance documents: 

In Oregon, visit the Oregon Reopening Page for the latest information.  'Non-urgent' medical procedures were authorized to resume on May 1.  The Governor’s Executive Order Page contains a wealth of resources.  The reopening is occurring in phases, each of which will last at least 21 days.  Counties can apply for early transition to later phases of reopening.  Visit the Oregon Reopening Page to see the status of each Oregon county.

  • A full media kit is available under the Reopening Oregon Documents tab on the Oregon Health Authority’s website.
  • A full copy of Governor Brown’s remarks is available here.
  • A video explaining the phased reopening process is available here.

Once approved, counties must remain in Phase I for at least 21 days before becoming eligible to advance to Phase II.  If counties begin to see significant increases in COVID-19 cases or community spread, the Oregon Health Authority will work with local public health officials to evaluate what actions should be taken. Significant growth in COVID-19 spread could necessitate a county moving back from Phase I to a stay-home status. More details on Phases II and III are forthcoming.

The Governor announced that large gatherings such as conventions, festivals, and major concerts and live audience sporting events will need to be cancelled at least through September. Restarting events of this size will require a reliable treatment or prevention, like a vaccine, which is many months off.  

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