Event & Venue Safety & Guidelines​
Saturday Night Soul 2 | Northwest Folklife Festival 2019 | Photo by April Jingco
Last Updated: May 8, 2020

Recovery and Social Distancing 

The State of Washington issued a phased “Safe Start” approach to reopening for all residents. During this four step recovery plan Washingtonian’s are still required to stay at home, effective through May 31, except for people:

• Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
• Getting takeout food or having food delivered.
• Going to work at an essential business.
• Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.

The “Safe Start” recovery plan has four phases

Phase one began on May 4th and allows the following activities:

• Recreation – hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking allowed with social distancing.
• Gatherings – drive in spiritual service with one household per vehicle.
• Travel – only essential travel.
• Business/Employers – essential businesses open, existing construction, landscaping, automobile sales, retail (curb-side pick-up only), car washes, pet walkers.

Eventually, phase two of reopening would allow, among other things, the start of new construction, the opening of barbershops and hair salons, restaurants opening to 50% capacity and tables of five or fewer people, and some in-store retail purchases. This phase will not start until specific state determined recovery metrics are met.

The Washington State Corona Virus site includes details about what is open and what isn’t.

Social distancing is still key during this period of phased recovery. It  slows the spread of the virus and reduces deaths caused by COVID-19 and  allows our hospitals and medical systems to ramp up and prepare. 
The practice of social distancing has a direct, and immediate impact on those working in the arts, entertainment, and cultural organizations. As creatives we are often focused on pulling people together and creating group experiences. These measures are hard on us as cultural and creative professionals.

Planning for Recovery

Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Effort (SIASE) is also collecting information on economic impacts for:

This site will continue to update the impacts on gathering, events and venues as they are released.


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