Inslee announces updated religious, faith-based services guidance

Modified Phase 1, Phase 2 allow indoor services at 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less

Gov. Jay Inslee announced updated health guidance for religious and faith-based services on Thursday, June 18, as more counties move forward under Washington’s Safe Start recovery plan.

Phase 3 would permit indoor capacity of 50% or 400 people, whichever is less, according to a Office of the Governor’s news release. Health requirements for social distancing and facial coverings will remain the same as the guidance for previous phases.

For services taking place in modified Phase 1 and Phase 2 counties, indoor services at 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. In health guidance for services taking place in Phase 1 counties, only outdoor services are permitted, with no more than 100 attendees.

King County has been in a modified Phase 1 for two weeks. King County officials applied to the state Department of Health this week to move into Phase 2. A state decision is expected by Friday, June 19.

Find the full religious and faith-based services guidance document by clicking here.

For guidelines on businesses and workers, click here.


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