Safe Travel Guidance
Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Monday, May 18, 2020
Safe and healthy travel of our visitors is our highest priority. Travelers to Thurston County should continue observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination.
Please refer to the information offered by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for information about what coronavirus (Covid-19) is and how it is spread.
This information will be updated on a regular basis. Please continue to check back.
- A shelter in place order has been declared by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
- Gatherings of any kind are prohibited. Grocery stores & pharmacies are open. Restaurants that allow take-out service continue to operate. Dine-in restaurants, bars, clubs & theaters, indoor recreational venues such as gyms and yoga studios must cease operations. Retail stores are closed unless operating at special capacities and strict criteria for hygiene and social distancing.
- All travelers should follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) when traveling: click here for more information.
- January 21, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States in Washington State.
- February 29, 2020 - Washington State Governor Jay Inslee declared a State of Emergency throughout the state to reduce the number of infections and maximize containment in the region.
- March 11, 2020 - Thurston County Public Health and Social Services announced the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Thurston County. To access updated information from PHSS about Covid-19 in Thurston County click here.
- March 12, 2020 - Thurston County's Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution declaring the Covid-19 outbreak a local emergency. The Thurston County Board of Health then passed a resolution imposing restrictions for events over 250 people and social-distancing measures for events with less than 250 people.
- March 16, 2020 - Gov. Inslee signed an emergency proclamation banning gatherings over 50 people. Gatherings with fewer than 50 people are prohibited unless strict criteria for hygiene & social distancing are met. Grocery stores & pharmacies will stay open. Restaurants that allow take-out service will continue to operate. Dine-in restaurants, bars, clubs & theaters, indoor recreational venues such as gyms and yoga studios must cease operations. Retail stores are closed unless operating at special capacities and strict criteria for hygiene and social distancing. These rules will be in effect until March 30, 2020 and may be extended after that.
- March 29 - United States Government advises canceling all events of 10 or more people nationwide until April 30. Washington State extends stay at home order until April 30.
- May 1, 2020 - Washington State extends the stay at home order until May 31 and announces a phased "Safe Start" reopening program
- May 5, 2020 - Washington State lifts some restrictions on outdoor recreation
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