Guidance on temporary statewide restrictions announced by Governor

On Sunday, Nov. 15, Governor Jay Inslee announced temporary restrictions to be in effect statewide until Dec. 14 to slow the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. The new restrictions, with the exception of changes to restaurant operations, go into effect on Monday, Nov. 16 at midnight (12:01 a.m. Tuesday); restaurant changes go into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Indoor gatherings with people outside the household will be prohibited unless they quarantine for the 14 prior to the social gathering or quarantine for the seven days prior to the gathering, and receive a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than five people. Get the full guidance here. 

These new restrictions are in addition to the protocols in place for King County employees. Mandatory telecommuting remains in effect through July 5, 2021, for those employees who are currently telecommuting, except where there is an operational need to physically return to the workplace. In-person customer services that are currently suspended also remain suspended through July 5, 2021.

First responders and mission critical employees continue to deliver vital in-person services, with heightened safety measures and protocols in place. Employees must wear face masks over their noses and mouths if they are likely to be in contact with another individual and distancing of six feet is not able to be maintained. The County has cloth masks available for all employees to use in the workplace. Individuals should use County provided masks or substantially similar masks in the workplace. Bandanas, gaiters, buffs, vented masks and face shields are not permitted substitutes for masks.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said that the Governor’s announcement is the right thing to do under the dire circumstances we now face.

“The number of hospitalizations in King County last week increased by over 70 percent compared to the previous four weeks,” Executive Constantine said following the Governor’s announcement. “There are twice as many people in local hospitals with COVID-19 as there were just a month ago. This is the most critical issue: We have to reverse this trend before our hospitals become overwhelmed.” You can read the Executive’s full statement here.

Please see the County’s Guidance for Workforce, Operations, and Customer Service Recovery and Temporary COVID-19 Personnel Policy for full workplace guidance. For additional questions, talk to your department’s Human Resources Manager (employee access only).