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San Juan Islands Travel Advisory

July 6, 2020 

We encourage you to make summer reservations now, our businesses would love to hear from you. We are welcoming visitors back to the Islands under Phase 2 guidelines which includes the wearing of masks in all San Juan County businesses and public places outdoors. Our lodgings and restaurants are open at 50% capacity and so are tour companies. We hope to move to a modified Phase 3 in a few weeks. Mask-wearing will continue to be mandatory in Phase 3. Please refer to our Governor’s “Safe Start” phased reopening plan for details on the different phases.  We encourage you to contact lodgings and tour operators on our website about reservations.

Download guidelines for a safe and healthy visit and the Stay Safe Pledge below.
Or visit the Stay Safe page HERE.

Wondering how to get here? Find basic transportation information, HERE. Find current transportation schedules, 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, and in all public spaces outdoors. Find more about the statewide face mask order HERE.

Local Business and Restaurant Updates During Coronavirus:

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 four are encouraged. The Governor supports Washingtonians getting outdoors but requests folks follow social distancing guidelines and stay close to home while recreating. Outdoor tour companies may take up to 12 individuals under strict guidelines, check with your tour operator.

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.

San Juan County Parks Campgrounds will open at 50% capacity on July 1.  Once San Juan County is approved for Phase 3, County campgrounds will be open at 100% capacity.  If you are a current reservation holder for July 1 or thereafter, you will receive an email notice shortly indicating which campsites have been canceled and which are open during this temporary phase.  

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.

What Will the Changes be in Phase 3?

Phase 3 allows non-essential travel. Restaurants and other businesses and services will be allowed to increase capacity to 75%, from 50% allowed in Phase 2. Lodgings may increase from 50% to operate at 100%. Twenty-four hours in between guests utilizing rooms will continue to be in effect in Phase 3. Newly able to open are libraries, museums, and recreational facilities, including pools and gyms at 50%. Gatherings of 50 people are allowed outdoors only (this differs in San Juan County from the State Phase 3 guidelines which also allows gatherings indoors) 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.

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

Our County has applied to move into Phase 3. We are hoping the application will be approved by the Washington State Secretary of Health in the next few weeks. The Governor has paused advancing all current applications, the earliest possible date of potential review is July 16. Find more information about our county's modified Phase 3 reopening, HERE.

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

The Visitors Bureau is encouraging careful travel to the San Juan Islands under Phase 2 guidelines with safety precautions in place. 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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