REOPENING: King County gets ‘modified Phase 1’ approval, effective immediately

10:44 AM: Just in – King County’s “modified Phase 1” approval from the state. Here’s the announcement:

With new state health officials’ approval today, restaurants and retailers will be allowed to serve customers in their establishments, in addition to other modified openings for a wide range of businesses and activities. Public Health – Seattle & King County will monitor transmission trends, medical capacity and other key indicators to help inform further reopening decisions.

A plan drafted by King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and King County Board of Health Chair Joe McDermott and approved today by state Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman immediately allows limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses, recreation, and personal activities in King County.

Businesses are required to follow the state Department of Health’s specific guidance but must adjust their occupancy to the levels identified below. The State defines an establishment’s capacity as the fire code. The intent is to limit business operations to a level that allows for social distancing. Additionally, businesses in retail, professional services, and real estate must take steps to reduce indoor operations to thirty minutes. This is not meant to be timed to the second – no one is expected to have a stopwatch – but customers should be informed why it is important to limit close interactions.

Here is an overview of what’s happening in key sectors across King County:

• Outdoor dining activities is allowed at 50 percent of capacity with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance, though additional seating will be allowed provided it follows Public Health – Seattle & King County’s best practices. Restaurants will also need to go through the normal process within their city – or King County if the establishment is located within unincorporated King County – to seek approval to expand outdoor seating.
• Indoor dining services may operate at 25 percent of capacity, provided such tables and chairs are more than 6 feet away from each other.

In-store retail
• All non-essential retail activities may operate but an establishment’s occupancy may not be not be higher than 15 percent of capacity.
• Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to less than 30 minutes, with face-to-face interactions limited to 30 minutes.
• Essential retail activities may continue to operate according to the existing state regulations.

Personal services: Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Master Estheticians, Manicurists, Nail Salon Workers, Electrologists, Permanent Makeup Artists, Tattoo Artists, Cosmetology Schools and Esthetics Schools
• All activities may operate but the number of clients served will be limited to no more than 25 percent of capacity or one person if it is a single bed/chair studio.

Professional services: Accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, information technologists, insurance agents, tax preparers, and other office-based occupations that are typically serving a client base
• All activities allowed but an establishment’s occupancy should not be higher than 25 percent of capacity.
• Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to be less than 30 minutes, with face to face interactions limited to 30 minutes.

• All construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume.

As we’ve done throughout the virus crisis, we’ll be publishing business updates as we get them – please let us know!

11:59 AM: Here’s the state Health Department announcement that King and 13 other counties are advancing. Meantime, everything King County requested is here.

109 Replies to "REOPENING: King County gets 'modified Phase 1' approval, effective immediately"

  • Bart Fubbles June 5, 2020 (10:55 am)

    What about social gatherings?

    • Carrie June 5, 2020 (11:21 am)

      I was wondering this too. Could someone, say, go to a friend’s BBQ in their backyard?  Have people over for dinner in their house?

      • RBenson June 5, 2020 (2:26 pm)

        Has any one stopped having people over? We haven’t and neither have some of our neighbors. I thought the rule applied to public property, no way anything on private property could be stopped like that, right?

        • Vic June 5, 2020 (3:15 pm)

          Most folks I know haven’t had people over to visit for at least 2 months. The point being to stop movement if the virus. No it isn’t enforceable, I guess it’s just wishful thinking that folks will do something like that for their community at large.

          • WSB June 5, 2020 (4:10 pm)

            Not wishful thinking. Everyone we know did too. Even our college-student son, who has been staying home since his school (out of state) closed and he had to return here in a hurry in mid-March. (He self-quarantined for two weeks after arrival.) We’ve been walking around the neighborhood for exercise and stringently limiting in-person coverage (so much drive-by photography!).

        • resident June 5, 2020 (3:30 pm)

          Do you think the coronavirus cares if you are on private or public property??? You were NOT supposed to be having people over and if you were responsible, you wouldn’t have.

        • zark00 June 5, 2020 (4:52 pm)

          Wow, I thought that was a joke comment.  Well that’s depressing that people were so cavalier with the social distancing.   Makes me feel the fool for doing our part to protect the community when others just didn’t care and did whatever they wanted to.

          • Vic June 5, 2020 (5:11 pm)

            Please don’t feel foolish. Just be glad you weren’t part of the problem. I’m glad to hear on this thread that the foolish ones (the people having folks over) were in the minority.

        • Kathy June 6, 2020 (7:26 am)

           The Phases are easily spelled out on the governors website. Most people have been  not having people over. It’s not only for public property it’s the guidelines were supposed to be following for social distancing at every level.  I think right now including yourselves you can visit with five people on your property. Even with that you are asked to be social distancing while doing so unless they live in your house as a family unit, that doesn’t count.  If you look  The governors website and look at the chart with the Phases on it it spells out with businesses/people should be doing. 

        • AHneighbor June 6, 2020 (7:51 am)

          No, RBenson, I suppose it couldn’t have been “stopped” by anyone other than yourself. I haven’t seen friends or family in over two months and almost everyone I know has done the same. How we can be so far into something like this and someone can claim they didn’t know the rules is beyond me. 

    • why_cause June 5, 2020 (11:26 am)
      • Only allowed outdoors with five or fewer people outside the household.
  • West Seattle Hipster June 5, 2020 (10:55 am)

    Hallelujah!!!  When do massage establishments open?

    • Geoff June 5, 2020 (11:58 am)

      They’ve been allowed to be open.

  • Bea June 5, 2020 (11:00 am)

    How about house cleaning services?

    • Aaron June 5, 2020 (1:10 pm)

      Yes! I want to know this too. 

    • Sunflower June 5, 2020 (1:37 pm)

      Looks like housecleaning service is allowed, once a business is ready and able to follow the guidelines, which aren’t available/published yet. So they will need to wait for that.

      • Kathy June 6, 2020 (8:18 am)

         House cleaning  appears to be under in-home services. No guidelines released yet therefore they cannot open. Until the guidelines are released and they have everything in place to follow them  they need to remain closed. The clients of those services will also have to follow the guidelines of temperature taking  and canceling their cleaning if they have a temperature or are not or have not been feeling well. They have to keep the business informed so they don’t spread sickness to other clients or workers.  So at this point no house cleaning services should be resuming maybe mid next week.  So as of right now they are still under phase 2  until guidelines come out. 

      • Kathy June 8, 2020 (11:38 am)

        No. In-home services on the website clearly states no guidelines released yet. If you don’t have guidelines as a business you cannot resume until you have guidelines. This happened to many businesses in the phase 1 roll out.  The guidelines for many weren’t released until the end of the following week. They couldn’t resume until they had them released and put in place.  Once they are released many businesses will still take a few days to open as they have to put all the guidelines in place,  train employees on the new guidelines, and contact clients to tell them what their responsibilities will be before coming into their homes etc. Many can’t just open the following morning. 

        • Susan June 14, 2020 (9:29 pm)

          It says subject to Phase 2 requirements for domestic workers. It is allowed. 

  • Mark June 5, 2020 (11:06 am)

    Can you please post the link to approval announcement?

    • Eileen June 5, 2020 (12:00 pm)

      It’s linked in the beginning of the article

  • F Jennings June 5, 2020 (11:08 am)

    And playgrounds….?

  • monroe1200 June 5, 2020 (11:17 am)

    How can they say that we must social distance, and than let construction operate even if they cant follow the social distancing rule??? This is the stuff that makes people question this and get mad. If you say a business has to stay closed or follow the rules, but than let another business operate under different rules, then that is a problem. The virus doesnt care if you are using a hammer or scissors.

    • Anne with Ventana Construction June 5, 2020 (11:57 am)

      @monroe1200 that wording doesn’t tell the whole story. Construction now apparently needs to comply with Phase 2 construction rules, which are specific to the industry and much more stringent regulations than many other industries. What’s changed it that we can do the work at all. Since the end of April, tasks that put construction workers closer than 6′ has been prohibited. That was under the Phase 1 construction rules.

    • Dan Hammack June 5, 2020 (6:30 pm)

      As a construction worker I’ll say this. Have office workers had to wear masks, safety glasses and gloves? I’ll give you the answer to all 3, no, no, and no. Why should construction workers who are often working outdoors in fresh air have to do all these things while office workers in their recirculated air offices don’t have to do any of it. It’s complete and utter BS in my opinion. Possibly a reason for the removal of the social distancing guideline for us is that we are wearing masks, or that we were the first non essential workers allowed back to work and have been back to work for weeks and there hasn’t been an uptick in cases. But when I first heard we were allowed back to work with social distancing I laughed at the preposterousness of it. Anyone that knows anything about construction knows that isn’t always possible. You sometimes need help lifting something, 2 of you are together in a scissor lift, etc.

  • wseakell June 5, 2020 (11:22 am)

    Anyone know of restaurants open with inside seating today? (Obvi we’ve been very anxious for this! 😂)

  • BJL June 5, 2020 (11:28 am)

    Answer to above question on social gatherings:  Gatherings: Only allowed outdoor of 5 or fewer people outside the household

    • Sara June 5, 2020 (12:01 pm)

      Gatherings question: 5 people or less and outside, while ALSO maintaining 6 feet distance? Or are outdoor dinner parties and that kind of thing allowed?

      And restaurants have to set tables 6 feet apart, does this mean we’re still only allowed to go out to eat with members of our household?

      • Lucia June 5, 2020 (12:34 pm)

        My understanding is that you still need to be 6 ft from people not in your household. So outdoor with chairs scattered around 6 ft apart and indoors at separate tables. Luckily we’ve had a mild spring for outdoor events.

        • Sunflower June 5, 2020 (1:44 pm)

          Yes, my understanding also is that social distancing, and mask wearing, is strongly encouraged when people are in public or gathering together, and this will be throughout all the phases.

          From the safe start document…

          Until there is an effective vaccine, effective treatment or herd immunity, it is crucial to maintain some level of community interventions to suppress the spread of COVID-19 throughout all phases of recovery. This includes heightened protections for the health and safety of workers in essential sectors, people living and working in high-risk facilities (e.g., senior care facilities) and all other workers.
          All Washingtonians have a responsibility to protect themselves and others. Each phase, while allowing for additional services to open and return to full capacity, is grounded in the following required basic practices:
          Guidance for Individuals
          All phases – Individuals should continue to:
          • •
          • • • • • •
          Engage in physical distancing, staying at least six feet away from other people
          Wear cloth face coverings in public places when not eating or drinking (cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance)
          Stay home if sick
          Avoid others who are sick
          Wash hands frequently with soap and water (use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available) Cover coughs and sneezes
          Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
          Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly‘

  • Chelle June 5, 2020 (11:28 am)

    I wonder if we still have to stay in phase 1.5 for at least 3 weeks or if we can advance a little faster,  assuming cases don’t rise?

  • sf June 5, 2020 (11:33 am)

    There are a lot more approvals for sectors outside of the memo/headline.  This includes Outdoor Recreation, Social Gatherings, Pet Grooming, Fitness Centers,  In Home/Domestic Services and more.Here’s the link for the full approval chain and application details.

    • WSB June 5, 2020 (11:53 am)

      That was the full application, which we linked on Wed when announced. It’s also linked from the county news release. The state has since sent THEIR n/r, so of course we’ll be updating.

    • Kathy June 7, 2020 (7:41 am)

      Except In home services. It says “guidelines not yet released” which means they need to wait until the have guidelines. 

    • Kathy June 8, 2020 (11:42 am)

       In-home domestic services is not allowed to open yet. They are the only ones on that table that have no guidelines. No guidelines no opening. That’s how it works. We went through all of this with phase 1 roll out and it was explained many times by the governor on TV. You must wait for guidelines before you can open if there aren’t guidelines yet you can’t even if you were under the Phase. 

  • Tracey June 5, 2020 (11:33 am)

    I have actually grown to like my pandemic hairdo and have decided to keep it going for awhile.  19 weeks and counting! 

  • Jim P June 5, 2020 (11:35 am)

    Anyone know at what phase movie theaters get the go ahead?  I miss going out for movies.

  • Ashley June 5, 2020 (11:51 am)

    Can someone explain how phase 1.5 is different than 2 besides that we didn’t meet the number of positive cases in king county to make it to phase 2?? 

    • why_cause June 5, 2020 (12:21 pm)

      Phase 2 allows higher capacity for most activities. For example restaurant are now allowed to have 25% capacity indoors. Under phase 1 it was 0% and under phase 2 it is 50%. Phase 1.5 is a smaller step to reopening than going directly into phase 2. 

    • ada June 5, 2020 (12:31 pm)

      It has to do with percentages. In 1.5 restaurants inside can be 25% capacity  instead of 50% and retail 15% instead of 30% capacity. Things like that.

  • Marie June 5, 2020 (11:56 am)

    I can’t wait to get out of my tiny a-s apartment yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Brad Knife June 5, 2020 (12:06 pm)

    Now do the one where you temporarily close California Ave between Edmunds & Genesee and allow more outdoor seating.

    • Duffy June 5, 2020 (12:55 pm)

      This x1000. If they can shut streets down to thru traffic they can shut streets down to get our restaurants back to where they need to be.

  • SH June 5, 2020 (12:09 pm)

    YES!!!! Which restaurants in WS will be opening this weekend? 

    • BW June 5, 2020 (12:22 pm)

      As a restaurant veteran I would be very surprised to see many restaurants open for phase 1.5, especially many of the smaller restaurants on West Seattle.  Maybe I’m wrong, but many restaurant people I’ve had the opportunity to speak with have said it doesn’t make sense from a financial aspect.  Most if these people are involved with restaurants downtown/on the Eastside so it may be different here:)

      • Marie June 5, 2020 (1:34 pm)

        Fair point. However, some of these places appear rather busy with takeout (Elliot bay always seems slammed), I wouldn’t be surprised if it wouldn’t be too much more to open a few tables. 

        • winniegirl June 5, 2020 (5:53 pm)

          Take out doesn’t require cleaning and sanitizing dishes or cleaning and sanitizing the dining room.  or running food.  all of which take more people and more money.

    • M June 5, 2020 (2:12 pm)

      I saw Pegasus pizza serving people today with outdoor dining.

  • Erin98126 June 5, 2020 (12:17 pm)

    Yaaayyyyyyy!!!!!! We still have a long road ahead but this gives me hope for a light at the end of the tunnel! 

  • A June 5, 2020 (12:43 pm)

    They left out nannies again?!

    • Lin June 5, 2020 (12:48 pm)

      I would think nannies is a go since our child care has been open since June 1st. Best to call and ask.

      • A June 5, 2020 (1:07 pm)

        Private childcare centers vs in-home domestic workers (like nannies) have been classified separately. After the shutdown, nannies were stated to be for essential workers only. Nannies were left out in the guidance for the first week or two so it’s frustrating to see that might be happening again. 

      • Kathy June 7, 2020 (7:48 am)

        Now on the nannies. They are in home services and their guidelines are not released. It states clearly you cannot return until guidelines are in place and you can have everything in place to follow those guidelines. So as of now no in-home services. Nannies, cleaning services, etc. are not able to return yet and if they are there breaking the rules.

    • ell June 5, 2020 (1:22 pm)

      Our kids’ child care has been open since April and we know lots of people who have still had nannies this whole time…it’s kind of up to the nanny…

      • A June 5, 2020 (1:39 pm)

        “It’s up to the nanny” is NOT what the official guidance said when we went into a Stay At Home Order. Nannies and domestic workers in general deserve specific guidance and employers should not be asking them to break the law if they’re not essential. Nannies are humans too. 

        And again, childcare centers have been listed separately from nannies this whole time. Technically childcare in general was deemed to be for essential workers only. The fact that some centers went around that is a separate thing.

      • Kathy June 7, 2020 (7:46 am)

         Nannies are considered in-home services. In-home services are not open yet because they haven’t released their guidelines. The only nannies that were supposed to be operating up until this point we are four E. sensual services. If you have a nanny or daycare center that was operating when they shouldn’t have then that’s on them. But they should’ve been doing with the rest of us have been doing. There were lots of businesses operating in the cleaning industry after we were asked to shut down but they weren’t supposed to be. And they’re not  supposed to be now. There are no guidelines for them yet in this phase. 

    • Sixbuck June 5, 2020 (4:55 pm)

      “They” are the nannies! 😷

      • A June 5, 2020 (9:48 pm)

        What do you mean by that?

        • heartless June 7, 2020 (3:08 pm)

          I assume it’s a nod to the term nanny state.

  • Mj June 5, 2020 (12:44 pm)

    Social gatherings of over 50 people have been occurring for over a week now, and King County only applied for Phase 1.5?  Pandora’s box has been opened, trying to shut it again seams impractical.  

    • Xman June 5, 2020 (6:47 pm)

      Are you really this thick? 

  • Lawman June 5, 2020 (12:55 pm)

    White center Future primitive brews is open soon today for deck =)) just announced on the Faceplant

  • doug June 5, 2020 (1:14 pm)

    it would be great if on good weather weekends they closed off the main blocks of California – Edmunds north to Genessee or thereabouts so that all those restaurants could set up outdoor seating!

    • Anne June 5, 2020 (2:11 pm)

      Just wonder what restaurants think of this idea-moving out into streets.Would they put up tent/awnings -in case of wet weather-would they have everything on standby & just make call to move to street at certain time of day? I think tables outside would still have to be 6’ apart- I know many if not all restaurants move onto sidewalks & streets during street fair-but tables  are set much closer together. Not opposed at all- just haven’t heard from restaurants what they think. 

  • Smittytheclown June 5, 2020 (1:42 pm)

    Here we come, baby!  Thank you Florida, Georgia and Texas for priming the pump!  Great job numbers today.  Let the “second wave” fear mongering begin!  😂 

    • heartless June 5, 2020 (3:07 pm)

      Great in that they were less bad than expected?  Sure!

      As for fear mongering?  At this point my guess is that people are more sad than afraid.  I mean, it’s obvious a ton more people will die–have you actually seen the numbers for those states that already re-opened?  More people getting sick, more people dying.

      Part of me wishes I could share your “Here we come, baby!” exuberance, but I’m just not that much of a clown.

      • Logical June 5, 2020 (4:39 pm)

        It would be nice if people would stop spreading misinformation. None of the states from Smitty’s post have seen spikes in cases, hospitalization or deaths following their reopening. Most of them actually have lower reproductive rates than we currently have in Washington. There’s no objective data that “a ton more people will die” due to phase 2 or even phase 3 currently. People need to be objective and not be making emotional, fear based responses and predictions that aren’t rooted in reality or any objective data that we have about COVID. We should be happy that all recent data we have is pointing to reopening society being OK, not doubling down on fear mongering.

    • John June 5, 2020 (4:20 pm)

      As the tune the Swedes are singing goes sad and bad.

  • Sue June 5, 2020 (2:17 pm)

    Are Dog Groomers opening now?

  • MJ June 5, 2020 (2:21 pm)

    I’m getting cynical in my old age (my mid 30s, ha). This sounds like a way to pacify people and possibly distract from protesting/draw people to other activities. There was no Phase 1, Part A and now, suddenly, after a week of protests, right before the weekend, out of nowhere, TADA NEW PHASE ANNOUNCED.

    I’m glad that it’s happening, 100%. Just seems a bit convenient.

    • WSB June 5, 2020 (2:27 pm)

      It’s not “out of nowhere.” The county-by-county reopening plan was announced last week – BEFORE the weekend protests. King Co. said on Friday it would apply for mod. Phase 1 on Monday but didn’t apply till Wed. The state said last week it would take a few days to review — and that’s exactly what has happened. We covered all of the above as it happened (last Friday was a series of briefings, gov followed by county exec followed by mayor).

      • MJ June 5, 2020 (2:32 pm)

        Cool. Like I said, I’m getting cynical. Probably been stuck inside too long ;) Hope everyone has a good weekend and can enjoy the new activities. 

  • Unemployment June 5, 2020 (2:26 pm)

    Can you still file for unemployment if you own a business but aren’t making what you were before? 

    • Nora June 6, 2020 (7:44 am)

      Not unless you were paying unemployment tax for yourself. Self-employed and business owners are by default not covered. You would have had to opt in about a year ago to benefit right now.

  • Lola June 5, 2020 (2:42 pm)

    So if gathering’s can only be 5 or less people how are all of these protest’s going on when they are shoulder to shoulder and breathing on one another?  I am not going out to where the masses are just wondering what the difference is since they will be having another protest in the junction tomorrow?  I would think that Nannies should be fine especially if they came from another country?  They have been living with the family where would they go?  I hope the restaurants do OK when they open for sit down, I know how tricky that can be.  Take out has been good for me as we usually bring it home anyway to eat. 

    • Kathy June 7, 2020 (7:57 am)

      No  nannies. In-home services are not open yet because they have not released guidelines. States it right on the website.  If it says no guidelines you can’t open until they have them for you. 

  • Jo Anne Morrison June 5, 2020 (2:54 pm)

    Does this include dog grooming?  

  • LL June 5, 2020 (3:11 pm)

    Blue Grouse in White Center has their back patio open for business today at 3:00PM 

  • Dana Kush June 5, 2020 (3:30 pm)

    i am wondering about massage. they are not considered personal services like waxing and hair is. not sure where massage falls under in modified phase 1.  it say massage is not part of the personal services because it is regulated by the dept of health

    • Jen K. June 9, 2020 (4:28 pm)

      Massage is considered health care, so the latest is that they are allowed to see non-urgent clients if following PPE and other protocols.

  • Sweetpea June 5, 2020 (3:58 pm)

    Hi All!  It’s so exciting that places are opening back up for eating out, shopping etc!   Just a reminder from a long time WS waitress… Please remember your masks, and pack your patience.  We are all learning a new normal, with changes on a daily basis.   With take out and delivery stuff being very busy (YAY!)  Adding on even at 25% seating  changes things again.   We all want to do the best we can to help you have a great meal, or shopping experience.  Just please remember, it’s all going to be a tough and interesting change.   Please be kind and respectful to other folks in line, give em 6 feet, wear your masks, and know  things aren’t going to be the same as you are used to.   We will try our hardest,and do our best for you,  and please help us help you, by being kind and understanding if things aren’t the same as they used to be.  This is hard for everyone.  We all  appreciate your support!!!  And thanks for being awesome customers! 

    • WSB June 5, 2020 (3:59 pm)

      THANK YOU. I will point to your comment in the forthcoming post on restaurants we’re hearing from…

  • Sweetpea June 5, 2020 (4:11 pm)

    Thanks WSB!     I’ve been employed in multiple  WS restaurants for over 35 years now, and WOW, these are the biggest changes I’ve ever seen.   Trying to go with the flow.   Talk about trying to teach an old dog new tricks, we’ll , I’m trying to do my best to learn them, same with all the young pups.  Can’t wait to see folks smiling faces (and yes, we can see it in your eyes, even with masks on!!! )  Hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe weekend!   

  • M June 5, 2020 (4:37 pm)

    What about child care?? Cottage School in particular. These kids have to get out of this house for everyone sanity. 

  • covidsux June 5, 2020 (6:09 pm)

    Remember the virus is still out there, so wear a mask to protect yourselves and others! Silent spreading (no symptoms, but still spreading the virus) is a big part of how this virus spreads.

    • West Seattle RN, MSN June 5, 2020 (7:13 pm)

      Hi! There is a lot of misinformation circling about, & I felt the need as a Registered Nurse to respond to your comment. You’re spot on that COVID-19 is still out there, but your statement that the virus is largely spread via asymptomatic carriers is a view not supported by scientific research. It’s consistent with what we know of all viruses, actually, that an asymptomatic carrier has a viral load that is very low and highly unlikely to infect others.  There is plenty of peer-reviewed research on this available, I’ll attach a link to the abstract of a recent study specifically looking at the infectivity of a asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier.

      • heartless June 5, 2020 (9:10 pm)

        Studies have clearly shown that presymptomatic people can transmit the virus(1)–I am curious if you would take issue with their conclusions?  Without hindsight we of course have to conflate asymptomatic and presymptomatic patients, so I’m not sure telling people not to worry about asymptomatic but yes worry about pre is a good move.

        Second (and related), I get the impression that the bulk of research so far does support serious spread by asymptomatic carriers.  A recent editorial in the NEJM points out similar viral loads between carriers with and without symptoms, and reminds us that even carriers who will eventually show symptoms shed high concentrations of the coronavirus BEFORE they have any symptoms.

      • Stay well June 5, 2020 (10:26 pm)

        Current advice from leaders and infectious disease doctors is to wear masks to help mitigate the spread of this virus, especially since it may be spread asymptomatically. I think we should follow their recommendation. There is pretty much always a study or someone somewhere saying what you want to hear, doesn’t make it the best information.

        Here is the latest from our governor. If you start watching at around 13 minutes, you can hear an infectious disease doctor from Harborview, discuss why masks are recommended.

        Also, from the study you referenced, in their conclusion they state: ‘Effective prevention and control measures are helpful to prevent COVID-19 spread of asymptomatic carriers.’

        • heartless June 6, 2020 (8:28 am)

          Good points–it’s also important to note that in the study West Seattle RN linked all of those exposed to the carrier wore masks (and many took further precautions) to avoid infection.  This study in no way suggests people shouldn’t wear masks!

  • bloo June 5, 2020 (8:08 pm)

    An easy way to see how Washington counties have been doing lately is on the NYT’s Washington page which has color-coded graphs showing which counties’ rates have been flat, lessening or growing:

  • Carlen June 6, 2020 (8:44 am)

    Hello. I cannot seem to find guidance on when park play equipment can open for our HOA community. Does anyone have this answer? Thanks in advance. 

  • no June 6, 2020 (2:09 pm)

    what about sleepovers

  • Karen June 7, 2020 (11:48 am)

    Anyone know what phase playgrounds will open?

    • MW June 9, 2020 (7:47 am)

      I’m a few days late writing this so perhaps no one will see it. I’ve been looking at Snohomish and Pierce County playgrounds and it seems like phase 3. Each city Park Department makes their own decisions but from what I saw, other than Mill Creek which are open now, phase 3 seems to be common. 

  • Harold Gilmour June 10, 2020 (5:08 pm)

    I live in a retirement community.  We enjoy having two workshops that about 50 of our residents work in.  In the past few years we’ve built 2700 hand made wooden toys for disadvantaged children and distributed them to several charities such as Mary’s Place, Children’s Hospital, Mac Donald House and others.  These shops are 900 sq. ft. each.  We can restrict our workers to 2 or 3 in a shop at a time.   Wearing masks and keeping a social distance is there any reason we can’t resume toy building? We’re in Redmond.

    • heartless June 10, 2020 (5:35 pm)

      I’m just a random person on the internet, but I don’t see a thing wrong with your plan for resuming.  I don’t know if you’d be flouting any laws, but I can say that there is zero chance you’d actually get busted by anybody for your actions, provided you take the precautions you’ve already mentioned.  

      Also it’s really kind and neat that you and your neighbors do this.  Thank you!

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