News Flash


Posted on: May 28, 2020


Starting on June 1, 2020 in Jefferson County, Restaurant sit-down service and in-store Retail are officially allowed to open with conditions under Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan and Jefferson County’s Phase 2 variance application approved by the State.  June 1st is when restaurants and retail enter Phase 2 in both Clallam and Kitsap Counties, which is the trigger for Jefferson County (Kitsap is open as of 5/28, but Clallam is open as of 6/1).

Local officials recognize there has been widespread confusion about this, given news coverage that both Kitsap and Clallam have received State approval for Phase 2. Accordingly, Jefferson County will not be initiating any enforcement complaints or actions against restaurants or retail establishments that open under Phase 2 before June 1 (but after Washington State approved both Clallam’s and Kitsap’s variance applications).

The important thing is that any in-restaurant dining or in-store retail that opens, even a few days "early," be fully compliant with the State COVID-19 safety guidance (click on link), as well as the Jefferson County Health Officer’s Directive on masking (click on link).

Jefferson County in Phase 2 of "Safe Start" Reopening Plan

On May 23, 2020, Jefferson County received approval to move into Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s "Safe Start" phased approach for resuming recreational, social and business activities, subject to conditions. Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces. Use of a cloth face covering is required by a Jefferson County Health Officer directive on masks. Guidance and safety criteria for reopening can be found on the "Safe Start" webpage. Indoor retail sales and restaurant sit-down service in Jefferson County officially enter Phase 2 opening on June 1.  Camping remains prohibited until Clallam County also opens for camping. See the tables below for what’s open and what’s not.

For more information click here.