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San Juan Islands Travel Advisory

October 7, 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 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 ParkWindermere 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 - 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 also open. 

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 now open at 100% 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.

San Juan County Parks campgrounds are open, however, group campsites at county parks will remain closed through the end of the year. 

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.

Museums have recently been allowed to open in Phase 2. Please check whether your museum of choice has reopened.

Lodgings and Restaurants

San Juan County Lodgings are now open at 100% capacity. Indoor dining at restaurants is open at 50% capacity. Diners seated indoors are limited to six persons per table. All tables must be spaced 6-feet apart. Indoor bar seating is not allowed but is allowed outdoors and alcohol service must end by 11PM.

Weddings and Funerals

On September 17, the Governor issued new guidelines for funerals, wedding ceremonies and receptions held during Phase 2 & 3.  Gatherings are limited to 30 persons or 25% of venue capacity, whichever is less. Find complete guidelines, HERE. 

Miscellaneous Venues Including Convention/Conference Centers 

On September 22, the Governor issued new guidance for miscellaneous venues, including convention/ conference centers, designated meeting spaces in hotels, events centers and other similar venues as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. Find a full list of all reopening guidance, HERE.

What Will the Changes be in Phase 3?

Phase 3 allows non-essential travel. Restricted businesses and services such as restaurants may be allowed to increase overall capacity and eight persons per table may be allowed. Capacity for gatherings may be extended to 50 people in Phase 3, alcohol service and receptions can now go until 11 p.m. In San Juan County, theaters will may 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. San Juan County guidelines, in some respects, may be more restrictive than statewide guidelines. 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 and state metics 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. Note, however, that modified Phase 3 reopening parameters have changed since this document was written. Transient accommodations, marinas and campgrounds are now allowed to be open at 100% in Phase 2.

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 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


Contact Us:
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
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