Safe Start Yakima County

Yakima County is in Phase 2 


New Temporary Restrictions


The Governor’s Office has released new statewide restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions come into effect November 16th, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 14th, 2020. 


COVID-19 Guidance for New Restrictions 

Guía de COVID-19 para nuevas restricciones 

All Yakima County residents should:


  • Wear masks in public places

  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others

  • Avoid gathering with people outside your household

  • Stay home if sick and get tested


Washington's Phased Approach

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

Washington Phased Approach

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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