Safe Start Yakima County
Yakima County is now in Modified Phase 1
UPDATE 7/31/20- Read Yakima County’s Updated "Road to Recovery" plan here.
Versión en español aquí.
Working together, our community has slowed the spread of COVID-19. Now, Yakima County is working to gradually and carefully reopen the local economy and other aspects of daily living.
As we move through modified phase 1 of reopening, we must continue to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is more important than ever that you:
- Practice social distancing
- Wear masks in public settings
- Avoid gathering with people outside your household
- Stay home if you are sick
- Practice good hygiene
What’s Allowed in Modified Phase 1
*See guidance documents below for more information on each specific activity.
Versión en español aquí
Yakima County Modified Phase 1 Guidance for Businesses
- Food Establishments, Wineries, Bars and Breweries
- Personal Services
- Pet Grooming
- Retail Stores
- Religious and Faith Based Organizations
- Water Recreation (Pools)
- Drive-In Theaters
Orientación de la Fase 1 Modificada del Condado de Yakima
- Establecimientos de comida
- Servicios personales
- Aseo de mascotas
- Tiendas minoristas
- Organización Basada en la Religión y Fe
General Business Reopening Requirements
Educate Workers: Inform workers of COVID-19 policies and provide education about the symptoms and risk factors associated with the virus; the importance of frequent and thorough handwashing and physical distancing; and the need to stay home when sick.
Maintain physical distance of 6 feet: Maintain at least 6 feet of separation between all workers and customers at all times.
Provide personal protective equipment (PPE): Businesses must provide gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks to workers when necessary. To request face masks for your business click here.
Ensure hand washing: Require frequent hand washing and provide the necessary supplies.
Cleaning and sanitizing: Routinely clean and disinfect the workplace, especially commonly touched surfaces and areas.
Screen employees for illness: Check employees for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before the start of their shift and instruct sick employees to stay home.
Signage: Employers must post signage requiring customers to wear face coverings. Businesses can download face mask signage on the right side column of this page.
Essential Business Guidance
Many parts of the economy are already allowed to operate safely as essential businesses. For a list of essential businesses click here.
- Agriculture – issued May 28
- Additional Agricultural Guidance – issued June 2
- Automotive, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare/Public Health, In-Home Care, Maintenance, Recreation, Real Estate, and Retail Guidance – issued March 31
- Construction Guidance – issued March 25
- Commercial driver license guidelines – issued May 7
- Elective Surgeries Guidance – issued April 29
- Funeral Guidance – issued March 28
- Home Care Workers Guidance – issued June 22
- Outdoor Guidance – issued April 27
- Real Estate and Mortgage Guidance – issued March 27
- List of approved essential workforce education programs – issued May 7 (updated May 19)
- Essential workforce education program standards – issued May 7
Phase 1 Business Activity Guidelines
Additional Guidance on Voluntary Contact Information – issued May 15
- Car Washes Requirements – issued May 7
- Construction – issued April 24
- Additional Construction Guidance – issued April 29
- Curbside Retail – issued May 8
- Higher Education – issued June 1
Landscape Services and Outdoor Maintenance Industry – issued May 8
- Outdoor Recreation – issued May 14 (updated June 9)
- Outdoor Recreation- Golf – issued May 15
- Pet Walking Industry – issued May 8
- Recreational Activities* – issued June 9 (updated June 24)
- Vehicle and Vessel Sales Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions – issued May 6
- Washington Talking Book and Braille Library – issued June 2
- Weddings, Funeral and Memorial Services – issued June 18