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Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase
2 – Update No. 3 COVID-19 Requirements
Summary of August 20 changes:
Clarify that in Phase 1 and Phase 2 Go-Kart tracks, ORV facilities, Motocross facilities, Raceways and other
participant-only motorsports, spectators and spectator camping, spectator races and spectator events are
not allowed. These changes go into effect 8/24/2020.
Included Here:
-
Staffed outdoor tennis facilities public and private
-
Guided ATV, paddle sports, and horseback riding
-
Guided fishing
-
Go-kart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, and participant-only motorsports
-
Gondolas
-
Zoos and Aquariums
-
All other activities substantially similar in operation and equally able to meet the requirements
mandated by this memorandum.
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, gondolas, zoos, aquariums,
and substantially similar activities operating during Phase 1 and 2 must adopt a written procedure for
employee safety and customer interaction that is at least as strict as this procedure and complies with the
safety and health requirements below, including recreation-specific guidance.
Safety and Health Requirements
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, and comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety
practices, as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in
accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
General Requirements and
Prevention Ideas for Workplaces
and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer
Resources & Recommendations at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Coronavirus/workplace.
Employers must specifically ensure operations follow the main L&I COVID-19 requirements to protect
workers, including:
Educate workers in the language they understand best about coronavirus and how to prevent
transmission and the employer’s COVID-19 policies.
Maintain minimum six-foot separation between all employees (and customers) in all interactions at all
times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are
required, such as use of barriers, minimize staff or customers in narrow or enclosed areas, stagger
breaks, and work shift starts.
Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as
appropriate or required to employees for the activity being performed. Cloth facial coverings must be
worn by every employee not working alone on the jobsite unless their exposure dictates a higher level
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Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase
2 – Update No. 3 COVID-19 Requirements
Summary of August 20 changes:
Clarify that in Phase 1 and Phase 2 Go-Kart tracks, ORV facilities, Motocross facilities, Raceways and other
participant-only motorsports, spectators and spectator camping, spectator races and spectator events are
not allowed. These changes go into effect 8/24/2020.
Included Here:
-
Staffed outdoor tennis facilities public and private
-
Guided ATV, paddle sports, and horseback riding
-
Guided fishing
-
Go-kart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, and participant-only motorsports
-
Gondolas
-
Zoos and Aquariums
-
All other activities substantially similar in operation and equally able to meet the requirements
mandated by this memorandum.
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, gondolas, zoos, aquariums,
and substantially similar activities operating during Phase 1 and 2 must adopt a written procedure for
employee safety and customer interaction that is at least as strict as this procedure and complies with the
safety and health requirements below, including recreation-specific guidance.
Safety and Health Requirements
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, and comply with the following COVID-19 worksite-specific safety
practices, as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, and in
accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
General Requirements and
Prevention Ideas for Workplaces
and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer
Resources & Recommendations at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Coronavirus/workplace.
Employers must specifically ensure operations follow the main L&I COVID-19 requirements to protect
workers, including:
Educate workers in the language they understand best about coronavirus and how to prevent
transmission and the employer’s COVID-19 policies.
Maintain minimum six-foot separation between all employees (and customers) in all interactions at all
times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are
required, such as use of barriers, minimize staff or customers in narrow or enclosed areas, stagger
breaks, and work shift starts.
Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as
appropriate or required to employees for the activity being performed. Cloth facial coverings must be
worn by every employee not working alone on the jobsite unless their exposure dictates a higher level
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of protection under Department of Labor & Industries safety and health rules and guidance. Refer to
Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements
for additional details. A cloth facial covering is
described in the
Department of Health
guidance.
Ensure frequent and adequate hand washing with adequate maintenance of supplies. Use disposable
gloves where safe and applicable to prevent transmission on tools or other items that are shared.
Establish a housekeeping schedule that includes frequent cleaning and sanitizing with a particular
emphasis on commonly touched surfaces.
Screen employees for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at start of shift. Make sure sick employees stay
home or immediately go home if they feel or appear sick. Cordon off any areas where an employee
with probable or confirmed COVID-19 illness worked, touched surfaces, etc. until the area and
equipment is cleaned and sanitized. Follow the
cleaning guidelines set by the CDC
to deep clean and
sanitize.
A site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor shall be designated by the employer at each job site to monitor the
health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan.
A worker may refuse to perform unsafe work, including hazards created by COVID-19. And, it is unlawful for
their employer to take adverse action against a worker who has engaged in safety-protected activities under
the law if their work refusal meets certain requirements.
Employees who choose to remove themselves from a worksite because they do not believe it is safe to work
due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure may have access to certain leave or unemployment benefits. Employers
must provide high-risk individuals covered by Proclamation 20-46 with their choice of access to available
employer-granted accrued leave or unemployment benefits if an alternative work arrangement is not
feasible. Other employees may have access to expanded family and medical leave included in the Families
First Coronavirus Response Act, access to use unemployment benefits, or access to other paid time off
depending on the circumstances. Additional information is available at
https://www.lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/paid-sick-leave-and-coronavirus-covid-19-common-questions.
No business may operate until it can meet and maintain all the requirements in this document, including
providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply. Additional considerations may be
adopted, as appropriate.
All issues regarding worker safety and health are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of
Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
Employers can request COVID-19
prevention advice and help
from L&I’s Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (DOSH).
Employee Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I DOSH Safety Call
Center: (1-800-423-7233) or via e-mail to adag235@lni.wa.gov.
General questions about how to comply with the agreement practices can be submitted to the state’s
Business Response Center at
https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-
worker-inquiries.
All other violations related to Proclamation 20-25 can be submitted at
https://coronavirus.wa.gov/report-safe-start-violation.
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Staffed Outdoor Tennis Facilities, Public and Private
RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
All tennis facilities should stay updated on advice from the United State Tennis Association’s
recommendations for players:
https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-
the-covid-19-v.html
And for facilities:
https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/playing-tennis-safely--facility-and-programming-
recommendations.html
Tennis is viable and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions that need to be in place to
ensure the safety of players, tennis facility staff and officials. In order to operate, the following requirements
must be implemented at staffed outdoor tennis facilities.
Tennis Operations
These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. Any facility planning to reopen on
May 14, 2020, must comply with the following:
1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments
to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash.
2. [Deleted] Please refer to the
memo
on customer logs.
3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington, only singles tennis is allowed if players are from different
households. Doubles tennis only allowed when all four members are from the same household. In
Phase 2, restrictions on doubles tennis participation are removed.
4. Regularly sanitize counter tops, door knobs, other common surfaces, cash registers, score posting
kiosks, and other frequently touched surfaces including employee used equipment.
5. Players are required to bring their own tennis balls.
6. During Phase 1 only one-on-one instruction with social distancing. During Phase 2 only instructions
groups of 5 or less with social distancing.
7. Install signage to discourage group congregation, or to limit numbers of people in a certain area.
Players will be reminded to be especially mindful of social distancing in the parking lot, and around
courts. Where necessary, warn repeat offenders. Encourage frequent handwashing especially before
and after matches where frequent hand-to-face contact can occur. Consider providing tissues, a
receptacle for used tissues, and hand sanitizer by the courts for use prior, during, and after matches.
Ensure any receptacles are emptied often to prevent any overflow especially in outdoor areas.
8. In Phase 2, competitions without spectators are allowed. Competitors must practice social distancing
when awaiting a match and must leave when their match is completed.
9. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor &
Industries, and the Department of Health.
10. Ask players to leave the facility immediately after playing to eliminate congestion/gathering on the
property or in the parking lot.
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Other Facility Operations
11. Increase the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.
12. Increase frequency of HVAC system filter changing.
13. Ensure restrooms are frequently cleaned and appropriately sanitized throughout the day.
14. Food and beverage services must conform to curbside, delivery, and dine-in restaurant requirements.
Vending machines may be used as long as sanitation wipes are provided for customer use, an
appropriately sized receptacle for used wipes is in the immediate vicinity, and that receptacle is
emptied regularly preventing overflow especially in outdoor areas.
Guided ATV, Paddle Sports, Horseback Riding, other Guided Outdoor Activities
RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Guided ATV, paddle sports, horseback, hiking, climbing, rafting, and bicycling tours and instruction are viable
and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions that need to be in place to ensure the safety
of customers and staff. In order to operate, the following requirements must be implemented:
Guide Operations
These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis. Any business planning to reopen
this service starting May 14, 2020, must comply with the following:
1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments
to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash.
2. [Deleted] Please refer to the
memo
on customer logs.
3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington clients for guided tour trips must be all be from the same
household with maximum of 8 participants. In Phase 2, groups of mixed households allowed, with a
maximum of 8 households and a maximum of 12 individuals in a group. In Phase 2, overnight trips are
allowed. Socially distancing still required between participants of different households.
4. Users need to bring their own pens to sign waivers or use hand sanitizer when using digital devices to
sign waivers.
5. Create adequate space for physical distancing during tour check-ins, and when outfitting customers.
Use visual markers for reference.
6. When outfitting participants with helmets, gear, protective clothing, and lifejackets, staff will maintain
social distance. All gear must be sanitized between each use.
7. Where necessary, stagger tour departures to minimize contact between staff and groups of
participants.
8. Develop cleaning protocols that allow for proper disinfection of helmets, gear, protective clothing,
and lifejackets after use using CDC and EPA approved products. Regularly sanitize counter tops, hand
rails, door knobs, and other common surfaces. Have hand sanitizer available for staff and clients.
9. In Phase 1, shuttle transportation only allowed for groups where all members are in the same
household. In Phase 2, mixed household groups are allowed only if social distancing while
transporting is maintained.
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10. Require customers to cancel if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or
new loss of taste or smell and ensure that they can reschedule with no penalty when they are feeling
better.
11. Keep up to date on all changes issued by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Labor &
Industries, and the Department of Health.
Guided Fishing and Charter Boat Excursions
RESTART COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Guided fishing is an activity that is viable and relatively low risk, however there are additional precautions
that need to be in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff. In order to operate, the following
requirements must be implemented:
Guide Operations
These items will be assessed, and potentially modified, on a weekly basis.
Any business planning to reopen this service starting on May 14, 2020, must comply with the following:
1. Utilize on-line or phone reservation systems to pre-pay and limit interactions, and restrict payments
to credit cards only to eliminate the handling of cash.
2. [Deleted] Please refer to the
memo
on customer logs.
3. During Phase 1 of Safe Start Washington, only guided fishing trips with up to two clients at a time are
allowed and all clients must be from the same household. Social distancing must be maintained. In
Phase 2, charter boats are permitted to host up to twelve customers from up to eight households.
Boats with 8 or more customers are limited to one customer per nine feet of rail space. Social
distancing must be maintained.
4. Require passengers to bring and wear masks or facial coverings on the boats. Crew members are also
required to wear masks or facial coverings on boats.
5. Users need to bring their own pens to sign waivers. Digital devices must be sanitized between each
user to sign waivers.
6. Consider the space provided for each customer when determining the maximum number of people
allowed onboard. Ensure there is 6 feet of rail space between each person, or 9 feet of rail space if
there are 8 or more customers onboard. Limit the number of passengers permitted in the cabin at any
one time to provide adequate spacing unless there are safety issues such as weather or sea
conditions.
7. In Phase 2, overnight boats are allowed. Physically distancing is still required between participants of
different households. The bunks pads and all bunk room surfaces and hand holds should be cleaned
and disinfected between each trip.
8. Create adequate space for physical distancing during tour check-ins, and when outfitting customers.
Use visual markers for reference.
9. When outfitting participants with protective clothing and lifejackets, staff will maintain social
distance. When social distance is not possible staff will wear appropriate PPE, including masks or
facial coverings.
10. Where necessary, stagger tour departures to minimize contact between staff and groups of
participants.
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