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San Juan Islands Travel Advisory

April 15, 2021

San Juan County is in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan. Our Governor suggests visitors follow CDC travel guidelines while in Washington State. Scroll down to see how Phase 3 affects restaurants, gyms, indoor activities and industries. 

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. Please note lodgings and marinas are open. 

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

San Juan County Health Officials have recently requested extra care for anyone traveling to and from the Islands or considering hosting visitors. Although their latest guidelines are directed at Islanders, potential visitors should be aware of these as well as CDC guidelines.

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

What Does Phase 3 Allow?

Find a full list of industry-level changes for Phase 3 HERE. The main changes in Phase 3 are that spectator sports are allowed for the first time in a year and indoor spaces are open at 50% capacity. Here are a few of the new guides:


The Governor supports Washingtonians getting outdoors but requests folks follow social distancing guidelines. 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. 

Overnight moorage is 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.

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 are open at 50% capacity. Please check whether your museum of choice has reopened.

Lodgings and Restaurants

San Juan County Lodgings are open at 100% capacity. Indoor dining at restaurants is allowed at 50% capacity. 

Weddings and Funerals

Gatherings are limited to up to 50% of venue capacity or up to 400 people, whichever is lower.

Miscellaneous Venues Including Convention/Conference Centers 

Gatherings are limited to up to 50% of venue capacity or up to 400 people, whichever is lower.

In-person Spectator Events are allowed outdoors and indoors with spectator guidelines and attendance limits in place. 

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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