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RECREATE RESPONSIBLY

Updated: August 6, 2020 10am

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TRAVEL UPDATES/RESOURCES:

8/6/2020 -- Visitors are now being asked by Snohomish County land management organizations to stay away from popular outdoor recreation spots. Places like Eagle Falls and Wallace Falls are being overrun with traffic and overcrowding. Please check your destination before setting out. If it seems to be busy, please consider going somewhere else. Social distancing is still a best practice as we try to maintain space to contain the spread of C-19.

7/31/2020 -- Local parks are reaching or even exceeding capacity. Please recreate responsibly if you plan on visiting. Here's an animated update from Snohomish County Parks ---> Pandemic Park Use Gif

7/24/2020 -- The Governor has passed new restrictions on bars and restaurants, to take effect next week. 

The restrictions announced this Thursday by Inslee include:

  • Limited indoor dining at restaurants to members of the same household. People meeting from different households can still dine outdoors.
  • No indoor service at any bar, brewery, tavern, winery or distillery, regardless of whether food is being served.
  • Restaurants must close down game areas, such those for video games, pool tables and darts, until their county has reached the fourth phase.
  • Restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m.

7/10/2020 -- Read up on guidelines about how to recreate responsibly here.

7/3/2020 -- Effective July 7, Gov. Inslee will require Washington businesses to turn away customers without coronavirus facial coverings. 

6/26/2020 -- Starting today Washington state mandates that all people need to wear masks while in public. This is mandatory. Children under age 2 are exempt.

6/19/2020 -- See current park closures related to C-19 here.

6/5/2020 --  Snohomish County has been approved for Phase 2 of reopening. 

Effective immediately, residents can gather with up to five people from outside their household each week. Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity and retailers can conduct in-store sales, with some restrictions. Barber shops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and pet groomers can reopen, too.

Limited nonessential travel has been approved, as well as camping, and access to beaches.

6/2/2020 -- Following Board of Health and Snohomish County Council votes last Friday, and revisions to the application to respond to updated guidance, the variance to move to Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start plan was submitted today by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. The final application can be viewed online.

Read more about the Governor's phased approach here.

5/19/2020 -- Governor Inslee has provided additional guidance for Phase 1 and Phase 2 outdoor recreational activities.

All staffed outdoor tennis facilities (public and private), guided ATV, paddle sports, horseback riding, guided fishing, go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, participant-only motorsports and substantially similar activities operating during Phase 1 and 2 have a general obligation to keep a safe and healthy facility in accordance with state and federal law.

5/13/2020 -- The Angel of the Winds Casino begins it's first phase of reopening today at 3pm. Additional safety measures will be in place including social distancing, increased cleaning and sanitation guidelines, and mandatory face-covering protocols to protect the health and wellness of all guests and Team Members.

5/5/2020 -- Phase 1 of the Governor's phased approach has been implemented. High-risk populations are encouraged to remain at home. Limited day-use outdoor recreation has gone into effect. Only essential local travel is permitted at this time, including day use of some outdoor parks. Hiking, fishing, boating and golf are also permitted on a day-use basis.

4/27/2020 -- Gov. Jay Inslee announced today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities. As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas. Read his press release here.

4/17/2020 -- The Washington Trails Association (WTA) offers these tips to stay active while in quarantine.

4/7/2020 -- The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the extended closure of state lands to the public through May 4. The closure coincides with the extension of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

4/3/2020 -- Gov. Inslee extends "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to May 4, 2020.

3/31/2020 -- Gov. Inslee provides enforcement guidance on ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Read more here.

3/30/2020 -- All State Parks and State DNR and DFW recreational lands and all recreational fisheries have all temporarily closed through at least 4/8. Many National Parks, National Forest Facilities, and other federal recreation sites are closed as well. More info here.

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