While we are all eager to return to the bustling downtown we knew before COVID-19, we will all have to continue to take extra precautions in order to prevent the spread.

Washington State Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Under the updated plan, counties will be individually evaluated every three weeks. The evaluations will occur on Mondays with any possible changes taking effect Friday, with the first evaluation scheduled for April 12.

Healthy Washington

For large counties to remain in Phase 3, defined as counties with more than 50,000 residents, they must keep a 14-day average of new COVID cases at or below 200 per 100,000 residents, and a seven-day average of new hospitalizations per 100,000 at five or fewer.

If at any point the statewide ICU capacity reaches greater than 90%, all counties will move down one Phase. The Department of Health always maintains the ability to move a county forward or backward at their discretion.

Open Air and Outdoor Seating Guidelines

There are four options for outdoor seating, per the new frameworks. Two are similar to what the state’s health officials already sanctioned, including completely open-air patios and more enclosed small group structures, such as tents, domes, and pods. But one of the significant new allowances is that seating can be set up around bay doors or multiple open windows, if there’s adequate ventilation on both sides of the dining space. Restaurants can also set up areas with two or more “permeable” walls — examples include screened openings, open tent panels, and ventilation holes in side panels — and still be in compliance. The state calls these set-ups “open air” seating.

For more details on current allowable dining guidelines, click the button below.

Open Air and Outdoor Seating Guidelines


Your customers want to hear from you. Spread Kindness is an initiative to keep our community healthy and help businesses stay open. It will take a unified effort to limit COVID-19’s spread. We’re calling for compassion, respect and kindness to make it happen.

Kindness Not COVID

Spokane Regional Heath District has created this poster to communicate the importance of wearing a mask. For more information on the effectiveness of masks, visit this page.

Additional Reopening Industry Resources

Below are additional resources to help yourself, and your workplace, get back to business.

Spokane Regional Health District Baseline Return to Work Recommendations
SRHD Recommendations

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

American Hotel & Lodging Association Industry-wide Hotel Cleaning Standards

Entertainment Venues
Visit Spokane Convention Information

National Retail Federation “Operation Open Doors” Checklist

Professional Beauty Association “Back to Work” Guidelines and Tips

OSHA Construction Guidelines

Office Spaces
WHO Office Workplace Guidance
Office Entrance Guidelines Poster

Auto Dealers
Washington State Auto Dealers Association

Find Supplies

The Association of Washington Business PPE Connect Marketplace connects businesses with local manufacturers who supply PPE providing you the opportunity to purchase equipment for you and your employees so you can re-open your business safely. Fill out the form below identifying which PPE you need and quantities. Once you complete the form you will be matched with manufacturers that match your supply needs and you can request a quote.

PPE Marketplace

American On-Site*
Sanitization Tips for Businesses
Ecolab Sanitization Programs and Products

Instant Sign Factory*

Zome Design*

Screens and Dividers
Mountain Dog Sign Company*


*Buy local