Spokane COVID-19 Restrictions FAQ

Can we visit Spokane and NOT wear a mask?

No, masks must be worn in all public spaces and businesses across Spokane County.

As of August 19th, masks are mandated in all public spaces in the state of Washington. A mask must be worn in all public indoor spaces and all public outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. For complete information on this mandate and health-related exceptions, please visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/you-and-your-family/face-masks-or-cloth-face-covering.

Spokane County municipalities and businesses ask that visitors willingly comply with this mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Do I have to wear a mask in Spokane if I am vaccinated?

Yes, even if you are vaccinated you must wear a mask in all Spokane public spaces and businesses.

On August 19th, Governor Inslee announced a new statewide mask mandate that includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The mandate is the result of a surge in COVID cases across the state of Washington and a record number of hospitalizations.

Here is additional information on the latest Washington mask mandate.

What's it like to dine out in the Spokane region right now?

Many Spokane restaurants, breweries, and wineries are now open with no capacity limit restrictions. Guests will be asked to wear a mask until seated at their table and may be asked to sanitize hands upon entry to an establishment. All servers and staff are required to wear masks. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons are required to wear masks.

Here are some tips for dining out from the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD):

https://srhd.org/programs-and-...

Here are the guidelines provided to foodservice establishments by the SRHD:

https://srhd.org/programs-and-...

Is it safe to travel to Spokane, WA right now?

Yes, the city of Spokane, WA is currently open to tourism and travel, provided that all precautions are taken. Masks must be worn in all public spaces by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

What are the best resources for travelers who want to monitor COVID-19 statistics and updates for Spokane County and Washington State?

The Spokane Regional Health District posts Case Information and Data Visualizations for Spokane County Monday through Friday at approximately 10:00 am. They also offer Facebook live broadcasts 2-3 days per week that often include guests from the medical and business communities, elected officials, and first responders. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/spokanehealth/.

Spokane County provides a comprehensive Inland COVID-19 Response Emergency Coordination Center that provides links to COVID information pages for multiple jurisdictions, Spokane Airport, Spokane Transit Authority, colleges and universities, shopping malls and more.

For statewide information, visit the Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Coronovirus Response, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee Covid-19 Resources.

What are the best travel industry resources?

U.S. Travel Association maintains national status updates on COVID-19 and travel industry talking points.

Meetings Mean Business maintains meetings industry updates and message points on its web site and is actively issuing media and public messages about the importance of fact-based reporting and messaging. The organization conducted a survey that determined that currently, the direct impact on U.S. meetings business has been limited or nonexistent.

Skift maintains a continually updated COVID-19 blog related to the travel industry

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) event planning guidelines

Events Industry Council

What to do if you are sick or suspect you have been exposed to or are infected with COVID-19?

Spokane Regional Health District COVID-19 Exposure or Diagnosis

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and download fact sheets?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

What is the best resource for business planning for a coronavirus pandemic?

Greater Spokane, Incorporated

Where can I go if I’ve been laid off from work due to COVID-19 business restrictions?

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries