The safety of our community, businesses and visitors is our top priority. We’ve gathered information from a wide variety of resources to help your business prepare for a healthy and safe opening.
We can do this together! Let’s get the Yakima Valley open safely!
The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and Yakima County Development Association are distributing FREE cloth masks to businesses and individuals while supplies last. They come in packages of five. Call 509-248-2021 to make an appointment to pick up, and let them know how many packs you need.
On May 4, Governor Inslee announced a two-week pause in the county-by-county evaluation under the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. On May 13, Governor Inslee announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30. However, if the statewide ICU capacity reaches 90% at any point, activities will be rolled back again
When Washington fully reopens the economy, the state will move beyond the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery. Beginning June 30, or sooner if Washington reaches the WA-based vaccination goal of 70% of 16+ individuals initiating vaccine, all industry sectors previously covered by the Roadmap to Recovery or the Safe Start plan (with the limited exceptions noted below for large indoor events) may return to usual capacity and operations. This does not include masking, which will continue under current guidance.
*Large indoor events are defined as any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants located in an indoors enclosed space. Large indoor events are restricted to 75% capacity, unless vaccination verification is occurring. If vaccination verification is occurring prior to entry, and the venue requires all attendees be vaccinated, there are no capacity restrictions. However, we will not allow vaccinated sections as a way to go above 75% capacity unless all attendees are vaccinated. No physical distancing requirements apply and attendees must follow the current masking requirements. We will reevaluate the restrictions on large indoor events on July 31, 2021.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE, this is based on guidance from Gov Inslee, State Dept of Health. Local officials do NOT have the authority to make changes without state approval.
Please ignore all other news sources and rely on only official information on YVOPENANDSAFE.com and the Yakima Health District COVID-19 website. All information on this site applies to YAKIMA COUNTY ONLY.