Spokane COVID-19 FAQ 

Can we visit Spokane and NOT wear a mask?

As of June 26th, 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.

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

Many Spokane restaurants, breweries, and wineries are now open at no more than 50% capacity and a maximum of 5 people seated per table. 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.

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

https://srhd.org/programs-and-services/food-establishment-inspections/tips-for-eating-out

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

https://srhd.org/programs-and-services/food-establishment-inspections/covid-19-food-establishment-guidance

When will Spokane County move to Phase 3?

Currently, there is no clear indication as to when Spokane County will move to Phase 3. As of July 1st, the Spokane Regional Health District, in conjunction with local hospitals, has recommended that Spokane County remain in Phase 2. Our Mayors and County Commissioners consult daily with health officials to assess the risk factors to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors comes first. We hope the data will support a move to Phase 3 sometime in July.

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 10:00am. 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 work due to COVID-19 business restrictions?

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries