Washington’s Phased Approach to Opening Businesses

On May 1, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020 and outlined the phased “Safe Start” approach  health officials will take for resuming recreational, social and business activities. He issued the new  on May 4, 2020 to begin Phase 1. Phase 1 builds upon re-opening of some construction activity and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, playing golf and some park access.

What Can Be Open While Following Industry Specific Guidelines

  • All Essential Businesses
  • In-Progress Residential Construction
  • State Parks
  • Elective Surgeries
  • Vehicle an Vessel Sales
  • Pet Walkers
  • Landscaping
  • Drive-In Religious Services
  • Curb-side Retail Services
  • Car Washes

For more detailed information on the the phased in approach please click on Safe Start Washington.

Stay Home, Save Lives

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Staying home is the best way to protect yourself, your family and community. It helps to protect those at risk for severe illness. It also keeps our healthcare facilities open to those who need them.

As restrictions on activities and businesses are gradually lifted, everyone should continue to stay home as much as possible to keep the virus from spreading.

People at risk for severe illness (older adults, underlying conditions) must still stay home.

Staying Healthy


The virus that causes COVID-19 passes easily from person to person. To stay healthy:

More tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What To Do If You Are Sick


If you start to feel sick—especially with a fever and cough—stay home and do the things you normally do to feel better. Sleep, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. There is no specific medicine for COVID-19. 

Stop The Spread Campaign

Our Yakima community is facing COVID‑19, or the novel coronavirus, together. Take action now to protect your family and our community. 

The Yakima Together site offers guidance in English and Spanish on how you can help reduce the spread of COVID‑19. 

Share the resources available to encourage others to follow the simple life-saving precautions. 

COVID-19 Guidance

The way we do business, care for each other and interact in our community is changing while we work to slow the spread of the virus. 

We will be updating our guidance pages as more information becomes available. 

 The Department of Health has a call center to answer questions about the virus. Call (800) 525-0127 multiple language interpreters available.