Safe Start Yakima County

Yakima County is in Phase 2

UPDATE:  10/13/20- Read the phase 2 approach here


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
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

What’s Allowed in  Phase 2

*See guidance documents below for more information on each specific activity.

Phase 2

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Yakima County  Phase 2  Businesses/Activity Guidance

*Guía de actividades y negocios de la Fase 2 del Condado de Yakima


General Business Reopening Requirements

  1. 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.

  1. Maintain physical distance of 6 feet: Maintain at least 6 feet of separation between all workers and customers at all times.

  1. 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

  1. Ensure hand washing: Require frequent hand washing and provide the necessary supplies.

  1. Cleaning and sanitizing: Routinely clean and disinfect the workplace, especially commonly touched surfaces and areas. 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


Additional Information

For additional information and resources please visit Washington State Coronavirus Response