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San Juan Islands Travel Advisory

July 30, 2020

San Juan County remains in Phase 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” phased reopening plan which allows for masked, local, non-essential travel for activities permissible under Phase 1 and Phase 2. To help you make informed decisions about traveling, we encourage you to contact lodgings and tour operators on our website about future reservations, as many have adopted generous cancellation policies.

Download the Stay Safe Pledge by visiting the Stay Safe page HERE.

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 - Essential & Phase 2 business updates

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce - Restaurant & general updates

Lopez Chamber of Commerce - Restaurant & business updates


In Phase 2, outdoor activities for parties of up to five are encouraged. The Governor supports Washingtonians getting outdoors but requests folks follow social distancing guidelines and stay close to home while recreating. Also, to support recreation, gyms and pools are open at 50% capacity. If signing up for a guided kayak or whale watch tour, check with your tour operator for specific guidelines on allowed group size and protocols.

State Marine Parks, including docks, mooring buoys, and camping are open. Camping at State Parks and at private campgrounds on the four ferry-served islands (Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw) is open at 50% capacity. At outer islands State Marine Parks, camping is allowed at 100%.

San Juan County Parks campgrounds are open at 50% capacity.  Once San Juan County is approved for Phase 3, County campgrounds will be open at 100% capacity. Group campsites at county parks will remain closed through the end of the year. 

Out of county boaters are requested to provision at their home ports and limit time ashore on the ferry-served islands until we are in Phase 3.

Overnight moorage is open at 50% capacity at marinas and ports on the four ferry-served islands. Please make reservations before showing up at marinas and ports to ensure they may accommodate you.

Lodgings and Restaurants

In Phase 2, lodgings are open at 50% capacity. Indoor dining at restaurants is also limited to 50% capacity. Diners seated indoors at the same table must be from the same household. Outdoor dining capacity allows a maximum of five persons per table who may be from different households. All tables must be spaced 6-feet apart. Indoor bar seating is not allowed and alcohol service must end by 10 PM.

What Will the Changes be in Phase 3?

Phase 3 allows non-essential travel. Select businesses and services may be allowed to increase capacity to 75%, from the 50% allowed in Phase 2. Lodgings may increase from 50% to operate at 100%. Newly able to open are libraries and museums. Gatherings of 50 people may be allowed outdoors only including recreational sports for adults and youth. Marinas and campgrounds may reopen at 100%. In San Juan County theaters will remain closed in Phase 3. High-risk individuals should still use caution with potential exposure, but there are no limits on their activity. Both local and statewide guidelines for all phases are adjusted regularly to reflect current COVID caseloads, we will do our best to keep up with the changes.

When and How Does San Juan County Move to Phase 3?

The Governor has paused advancing all Phase changes. San Juan County will reapply to move to Phase 3, if local metics continue to indicate it is safe to do so, and when the Governor is again accepting applications. Find more information about our county's modified Phase 3 reopening, 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 San Juan Islands Strong 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.

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Staff and Board


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