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San Juan Islands Travel Advisory

January 15, 2021

While the San Juan Islands are renowned for their welcoming spirit, in a bid to ensure our community and our state is as protected as possible, the Governor's new “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan began January 11. Scroll down to read a synopsis of how the recovery plan affects restaurants and retail businesses, recreation, gatherings, gyms, etc. Washington State will follow this regional recovery approach with every region starting in Phase 1, due to current metrics. Metrics will be updated weekly on Fridays, find the latest report here. Depending on a region’s metrics, it may remain in it's current phase or move — forward or backward — the following Monday. All regions remain in Phase 1 as of Friday, January 15.

This new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions region by region (San Juan County is in the North Region) based on several key metrics. Metrics include health care readiness, infection rates, etc. Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

While group sizes and activities are restricted, our public lands, scenic vistas and quiet surroundings remain open and as beautiful as ever. To help you make informed decisions about traveling, we encourage you to contact lodgings on our website about future reservations, as many have adopted generous cancellation policies.

Download the Stay Safe Pledge and the Checklist by clicking on the images below or by visiting our Stay Safe page HERE.

Stay Safe Pledge Members

Thanks to the following members for taking the Stay Safe Pledge:  Bay Houses, Beach Haven Resort, Brown Bear Baking, Crystal Seas Kayaking, Earthbox Inn & Spa, Kingfish at West Sound, Market Chef, Orcas Adventures, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, Pelindaba Lavender, Road Scholar SVC, San Juan Bistro, San Juan Kayak Expeditions, SJI National Historical Park, Windermere Orcas, Terra Trek Tours

Face Covering Health Order
Our goal is to protect community residents, workers, and guests in San Juan County. Please partner with us to take the necessary precautions for all of us to stay safe by following public health guidelines. This includes the mandatory wearing of face coverings inside businesses, common spaces in buildings and in all public spaces outdoors. Find more about the statewide face mask order HERE.

Know Before You Go; Local Business and Restaurant Updates During Coronavirus

Check the following Chamber resource pages to see current hours, operations, and updates from local restaurants, wineries, accommodations, shops, and activities:

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce - Business updates

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce - Restaurant & general updates

Lopez Chamber of Commerce - Restaurant & business updates

Outdoor Recreation: The Governor supports outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running, camping and moderate to low risk sports for training purposes. 

Outdoor Social Gatherings are allowed with up to ten (10) individuals from outside your household, limit 2 households.

Indoor Social Gatherings with people from outside your household are not allowed unless they first follow quarantine guidelines outlined by the Governor's guidelines, HERE. A household is defined as individuals residing in the same domicile.

Guest Lodgings throughout the San Juan Islands are open.

State Marine Parks including docks, mooring buoys, and camping are open. 

Overnight Moorage is open at marinas and ports on the four ferry-served islands. Please make reservations before showing up to ensure they may accommodate you. All out of county boaters are requested to provision at their home ports and limit time ashore on the ferry-served islands.

Camping at State Parks and at private campgrounds on the four ferry-served islands (Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw) is also open. 

County Campgrounds at San Juan County Parks are open. 

A Friendly Reminder: San Juan Island National Historical Park (American Camp & English Camp) does not allow camping on the ground or in your car. 

In addition to public parks, several private resorts offer camping. Please make reservations for all camping before arriving in the islands.

In-Store Retail, Grocery Stores, Personal and Professional Services are limited to 25-percent of indoor occupancy limits, and common/congregate seating areas and indoor dining facilities such as food courts are closed. Curbside pickup is encouraged. Remote work is also strongly encouraged.

Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go services are permitted, table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of six (6) people, from 2 different households. Several Islands restaurants now have tents for outdoor dining and many restaurants also offer take-out services.

Fitness Facilities, Gyms are open for groups of up to five (5) for low-risk training. Appointment-based training for one (1) individual is also allowed.

Movie Theaters, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums are closed to the general public for indoor operations. Retail portions of these facilities may remain open at 25%. Groups of  up to six (6) individuals from a single household may visit.

Miscellaneous Venues: Churches may open at 25% capacity. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely, as well as all court and judicial branch-related proceedings, are allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 

Weddings and Funerals: Ceremonies are limited to a total of no more than 30 people. Indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are not allowed.

If you must travel, find "Helpful Hints on How to be a Mindful Guest During a Pandemic," HERE.

Find Governor's Latest Guidance for Business Re-openings, HERE.

Find the latest Washington State COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources, HERE.

County Resources

Please find additional guidelines, case count, latest Health Officer Order, and local information about COVID-19 on the San Juan County website, HERE.

County Business Resources for Reopening, HERE.

You can support businesses by buying gift cards or certificates for future travel or purchase of island-made items, visit our Gift Guide webpage, HERE.

We will continue to monitor the situation as we work together with town and county officials to protect the people and places we love.

We wish everyone health and wellness,

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Staff and Board

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