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Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 Religious and
Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements
With continuing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at spiritual gatherings as counties have
advanced to Phases 1.5, 2, and 3 of the Safe Start Plan, the Governor still strongly encourages
religious leaders and communities to conduct services remotely. Alternatively, drive-in services
are permitted in all phases and capacity limits do not apply. Counseling services are essential
and may be permitted in-person, if remote counseling is not viable.
In addition to remote and drive-in services, religious and faith-based organizations are
permitted to conduct the following activities, provided all requirements in this document are
met:
Phase 1
Hold outdoor services on the organization’s property (or immediately
adjacent property if explicitly permitted by the local jurisdiction) with up
to 100 individuals, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be
achieved between households. Cloth face coverings are required for all
participants.
Outdoor services may be conducted under an outdoor structure
(temporary or permanent) so long as the structure is not walled/enclosed
on more than two sides to provide appropriate ventilation.
Phase 2
A) Hold indoor services at a place of worship with up to 25% of room
capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of
physical distancing can be achieved between households. Cloth face
coverings are required for all participants.
Additional attendees are permitted to attend simultaneous services if the
organization has a separate freestanding building or separate rooms
within the main building, provided that each separate building or room
used must have its own accessible (1) outdoor entrance/exit; and (2)
bathrooms for all participants. The entrance/exit and bathrooms must be
separate from those used for the main building or room and from all
other buildings or rooms used by the organization for simultaneous
services. If the above requirements are met, the organization may
conduct simultaneous services (whether by livestream or otherwise) with
up to 25% of the room’s capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less,
so long as six feet of physical distancing between households can be (and
is) maintained at all times.
B) Hold outdoor services on the organization’s property (or immediately
adjacent property if explicitly permitted by the local jurisdiction) with up
to 200 individuals, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be
achieved between households. Cloth face coverings are required for all
participants.
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Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 Religious and
Faith-based Organization COVID-19 Requirements
With continuing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at spiritual gatherings as counties have
advanced to Phases 1.5, 2, and 3 of the Safe Start Plan, the Governor still strongly encourages
religious leaders and communities to conduct services remotely. Alternatively, drive-in services
are permitted in all phases and capacity limits do not apply. Counseling services are essential
and may be permitted in-person, if remote counseling is not viable.
In addition to remote and drive-in services, religious and faith-based organizations are
permitted to conduct the following activities, provided all requirements in this document are
met:
Phase 1
Hold outdoor services on the organization’s property (or immediately
adjacent property if explicitly permitted by the local jurisdiction) with up
to 100 individuals, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be
achieved between households. Cloth face coverings are required for all
participants.
Outdoor services may be conducted under an outdoor structure
(temporary or permanent) so long as the structure is not walled/enclosed
on more than two sides to provide appropriate ventilation.
Phase 2
A) Hold indoor services at a place of worship with up to 25% of room
capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of
physical distancing can be achieved between households. Cloth face
coverings are required for all participants.
Additional attendees are permitted to attend simultaneous services if the
organization has a separate freestanding building or separate rooms
within the main building, provided that each separate building or room
used must have its own accessible (1) outdoor entrance/exit; and (2)
bathrooms for all participants. The entrance/exit and bathrooms must be
separate from those used for the main building or room and from all
other buildings or rooms used by the organization for simultaneous
services. If the above requirements are met, the organization may
conduct simultaneous services (whether by livestream or otherwise) with
up to 25% of the room’s capacity or up to 200 people, whichever is less,
so long as six feet of physical distancing between households can be (and
is) maintained at all times.
B) Hold outdoor services on the organization’s property (or immediately
adjacent property if explicitly permitted by the local jurisdiction) with up
to 200 individuals, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be
achieved between households. Cloth face coverings are required for all
participants.
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Outdoor services may be conducted under an outdoor structure
(temporary or permanent) so long as the structure is not walled/enclosed
on more than two sides to provide appropriate ventilation.
C) Hold or provide in-home services inside a person’s residence with up
to five total individuals (excluding organization staff). Cloth face coverings
are required for all participants.
Phase 3
A) Hold indoor services at a place of worship with up to 50% of room
capacity or up to 400 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of
physical distancing can be achieved between households. Cloth face
coverings are required for all participants.
Additional attendees are permitted to attend simultaneous services if the
organization has a separate freestanding building or separate rooms
within the main building, provided that each separate building or room
used must have its own accessible (1) outdoor entrance/exit; and (2)
bathrooms for all participants. The entrance/exit and bathrooms must be
separate from those used for the main building or room and from all
other buildings or rooms used by the organization for simultaneous
services. If the above requirements are met, the organization may
conduct simultaneous services (whether by livestream or otherwise) with
up to 50% of the room’s capacity or up to 400 people, whichever is less,
so long as six feet of physical distancing between households can be (and
is) maintained at all times.
B) Hold outdoor services on the organization’s property (or immediately
adjacent property if explicitly permitted by the local jurisdiction) with up
to 400 individuals, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be
achieved between households.
Outdoor services may be conducted under an outdoor structure
(temporary or permanent) so long as the structure is not walled/enclosed
on more than two sides to provide appropriate ventilation.
C) Hold or provide in-home services inside a person’s residence with up
to ten total individuals (excluding organization staff). Cloth face coverings
are required for all participants.
Staff are excluded from the maximum number of individuals, but any organization volunteers
are included in the maximum number of permissible individuals. The services covered in these
operational guidelines include all worship services, religious study classes, religious ceremonies,
and religious holiday celebrations. Religious weddings and funerals are not covered under this
document and must follow the guidance in this
.
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Organizations are strongly encouraged to keep a log of attendees at each service or counseling
session, and to retain that log for at least two weeks. If an outbreak occurs, this information
may be critical to help save lives.
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Safety and Health Requirements
All organizations (including religious and faith-based organizations) have a general obligation to
keep a safe and healthy facility in accordance with state and federal law and safety and health
rules for a variety of workplace hazards. In addition, they must comply with the following
COVID-19 organization-specific safety practices, as outlined in the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay
Healthy Proclamation 20-25, et seq., 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.
Religious and faith-based organizations must specifically ensure operations follow the main L&I
COVID-19 requirements to protect employees:
• Educate all employees in the language they understand best about coronavirus, how to
prevent transmission, and the owner’s COVID-19 policies.
• Screen employees for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at the start of every 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.
• Maintain minimum six-foot separation between all persons in all interactions and at all
times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention
measures are required, such as use of barriers, minimization of individuals in narrow,
enclosed areas and waiting rooms, staggered breaks, and work shift starts.
• Provide (at no cost to employees) and require the wearing of personal protective
equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face covering masks as
appropriate or required for the work activity being performed. Cloth face coverings must
be worn by every employee not working alone at the location unless their exposure
dictates a higher level of protection under Department of Labor & Industries safety and
health rules and guidance. The facial covering requirement does apply to the
individual(s) leading the service.
o Exceptions to this requirement for cloth face coverings include when working alone in
an office, vehicle, or at a job site; if the individual is deaf or hard of hearing and is
communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and
expression and mouth movements as a part of communication; if the individual has a
medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate; or
when the job has no in-person interaction.
• Refer to
Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements
for additional details. A
cloth facial covering is described in the Department of Health guidance,
Department of
Health guidance
.
• Ensure frequent and adequate hand washing with adequate maintenance of supplies.
Use disposable gloves, where safe and applicable, to prevent virus transmission on items
that are touched frequently or shared and discard after a single use.
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• Establish a housekeeping schedule that includes frequent cleaning and sanitizing with a
particular emphasis on commonly touched services.
• Post a sign at the entrance to the organization that says face coverings are required.
A location-specific COVID-19 supervisor shall be designated by the organization at each location
(indoor and outdoor) to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 safety
plan.
An employee may refuse to perform unsafe work, including hazards created by COVID-19. And,
it is unlawful for the employer to take adverse action against an employee who has engaged in
safety-protected activities under the law if the individual’s work refusal meets certain
requirements. Information is available in these publications:
Safety and Health Discrimination in
the Workplace brochure
and
Spanish Safety and Health Discrimination
brochure.
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, et seq., 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 unemployment benefits, or access to other paid time off
depending on the circumstances. Additional information is available at
Novel Coronavirus
Outbreak (COVID-19) Resources
and
Paid Leave under the Washington Family Care Act and the
Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
All religious and faith-based organizations are required to comply with the following COVID-
19 organization-specific safety practices:
1. Prior to beginning operations as described in this document, all religious and faith-based
organizations are required to develop for each location (indoor and outdoor if
applicable) a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan.
The plan must include policies regarding the following control measures: PPE utilization;
on-location physical distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring; incident
reporting; location disinfection procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response
procedures and a post-exposure incident project-wide recovery plan. A copy of the plan
must be available at the location for inspection by state and local authorities, but state
and local authorities do not preapprove the plan. Failure to meet planning requirements
may result in sanctions, including the location being shut down.
2. COVID-19 safety information and requirements, such as CDC, DOH, OSHA posters shall be
visibly posted at each location (indoor and outdoor).
3. Face Coverings and Exemptions - All employees, members, and visitors in attendance
shall wear face coverings before, during, and after the service (whether indoor or
outdoor). The face covering requirement does apply to individual(s) leading the service
and others who speak during any live service. There are exemptions to wearing face
covering, so please refer to the
Department of Health’s Order on Face
Coverings. If the
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speaker needs an accommodation due to a medical exemption, then a Plexiglas 3-sided
barrier may be used during the service. The barrier must be disinfected after every use.
For services that are recorded or filmed without a live audience, then face coverings are
not required for individuals while they are speaking.
4. There may be no direct physical contact between servers and members or visitors.
Anything to be consumed may not be presented to the members or visitors in a
communal container or plate.
5. Music – No choir shall perform during the service. Congregational singing is permitted,
but individuals must not remove their face coverings to sing – it must stay on for the
duration of the service. Soloist musical performances are permitted so long as the
performer wears a face covering. In the event the soloist is performing on a woodwind or
brass instrument, the soloist may remove their face covering only during the
performance. Musical performances that include a soloist and piano accompanist are
permitted, but musical performances of more than two individuals are prohibited.
6. All services may provide access to restrooms, provided that access is controlled and
capacity is limited to no more than the number of stalls in the restroom. Individuals
waiting to use the restroom must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each
person.
7. Soap and running water shall be abundantly provided at locations for frequent
handwashing. Employees should be encouraged to leave their workstations to wash their
hands regularly, and required to do so before and after going to the bathroom, before
and after eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Alcohol-based hand
sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol should also be provided and
used, but are not a replacement for the water requirement.
8. Disinfectants must be available to employees, members, and visitors throughout the
location (indoor and outdoor) and ensure cleaning supplies are frequently replenished.
9. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces after each use—including personal work stations,
mirrors, chairs, headrests and armrests, doorknobs, handrails, restrooms and
breakrooms—using soapy water, followed by the appropriate disinfectants. If these
areas cannot be cleaned and disinfected frequently, the organization shall be shut down
until such measures can be achieved and maintained.
10. All organizations must adhere to physical distancing requirements and have six feet of
space between workstations or have physical barriers between them.
11. All organizations must adhere to physical distancing requirements and have six feet of
space between the congregation’s seats, pews, and benches or have physical barriers
between them. Members of the same household may be seated together as a single unit.
This may require the organization to reconfigure the congregation’s seats, pews, and
benches or have physical barriers between them. The organization must place markings
on the floors and seats indicating a six feet radius to help guide members and visitors.
12. Increase ventilation rates where feasible.
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