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COVID-19 Updates

Your resource for the latest COVID-19 updates on the Olympic Peninsula. Read below for information on planning a trip to our region, how to recreate responsibly, and restaurant, event, transportation and outdoor recreation statuses. Visit our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog for more specific info.

Last updated October 27, 2021

Local Mandates

9.2.21: JEFFERSON AND CLALLAM COUNTIES—All patrons entering an indoor restaurant or bar in Jefferson and Clallam Counties must provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, beginning Saturday, September 4, according to a public health order issued today by Doctor Allison Berry, Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam counties.  Click HERE or HERE for full details and a list of acceptable forms of proof of vaccination.

8.16.21: Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Jefferson and Clallam Counties, enacted the following mandate effective August 16: To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, residents and visitors in Clallam and Jefferson Counties (the North Olympic Peninsula) ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings inside all businesses, restaurants and government buildings, regardless of vaccination status. It is also strongly recommended to wear a face cover in outdoor settings where large groups are gathering together. 

Please continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up, or confirm vaccination status. These measures are in place to keep everyone safe and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

State Mandates

As of June 30, 2021, most of Washington’s industry sectors (with limited exceptions for large indoor events of 10,000 or more) have reopened under the Washington Ready Plan. This includes every county in the state. This does not include masking, which will continue under current guidance (see Aug 23 update below).

Restrictions Applying to Indoor & Outdoor Settings

8.23.21: Governor Inslee has announced a new statewide masking mandate effective August 23 requiring face masks for everyone over five years of age in most public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. These include places like grocery stores, malls, gyms, and community centers. Masks are strongly recommended in crowded outdoor settings like sporting events, fairs, and concerts where physical distancing is not possible. Learn more

The CDC requires face coverings by travelers including passengers on all public transportation.

Check back regularly for updates, as this is a fluid process.

US-Canada Cross-Border Travel

ENTERING THE UNITED STATES

The US border will open on November 8, 2021. You will need proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please have your vaccination card or a photo of it ready in the event you are asked to show it.

ENTERING CANADA (INCLUDING RETURNING CANADIANS)

Please Note: A negative PCR or molecular test (not an antigen test), and filling out information on ArriveCAN is still required to enter Canada, regardless of citizenship.

1) A negative molecular (PCR) COVID-19 test result on a sample taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival OR a positive molecular (PCR) COVID-19 test result on a sample taken between 14 and 180 days prior to arrival (i.e., evidence of prior infection). PCR tests must have a lab name and time and date stamp for when the test was taken.

For more information, please read the Canadian government’s travel requirements before planning your trip to Canada.

See more information including a list of locations that may offer PCR tests on our Two Nation Vacation page.

Olympic Peninsula Trip-Planning Guidelines

During this global pandemic, the health and safety of both our residents and our visitors are our highest priority. We ask you to do your part to help our local businesses continue to stay open and operate safely for all. Planning ahead really helps. Please see our Guidelines for Visiting the Olympic Peninsula pdf. Another helpful tool is our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog, so you can know in advance what’s opened, closed or limited in access.

Restaurants / Bars / Entertainment Venues

8.6.21: While eating and drinking establishments are able to reopen to full capacity in most cases, many are still operating with some limitations. Staffing and supply shortages have caused some to reduce their days or hours of operation, or to continue operating on a take-out only basis. Please check before you go, make reservations where possible, and above all please be patient with the staff that are working.

Events

Local festivals and events are in various stages of reopening. Please check our events calendar regularly for updates.  We encourage you to check the websites of any specific events or festivals you wish to attend for the most up-to-date status.

Transportation Services

Black Ball Ferry Line: Sailings suspended until further notice, due to US / Canada border closure to non-essential travel.

Washington State Ferries

Clallam Transit, including Strait Shot service

Jefferson Transit

Mason Transit Authority

Visitor Centers

Most of the area visitor centers are now open, with some modifications. A full list, with contact information, may be found HERE. For travel planning assistance, we encourage visitors to use our Contact Us form.

Olympic National Park

See Olympic National Park’s Alerts & Conditions Page for updates on closures and travel advisories.

Olympic National Forest

See the National Forest’s Alerts & Notices Page for updates.

Washington State Parks & DNR

See Washington State Park’s Park Status Page for updates.

County Parks

See our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog for more info. Our county park openings and facilities will vary by county, and you are always encouraged to know before you go. Follow these links for updates for Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Grays Harbor county parks.

Tribal Lands

7.12.21: The Quileute Reservation including First Beach at La Push and the trailhead to Second Beach is now open to visitors. Visit QuileuteNation.org for more information on the Quileute Tribe’s safety protocols.

8.7.21: The Makah Nation (Neah Bay) is still closed until further notice to all visitors. This includes beaches, trails, museums, events, lodging facilities, restaurants, shops, etc. The beaches of the Quinault Indian Nation are also still closed off to the public until further notice and no permits are being issued at this time. The Squaxin Island Tribe community is also still closed off to the public until further notice. These measures are taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of their communities, elders and tribal people, and in conjunction with Tribal, County and State emergency management agencies. The tribes appreciate your understanding, and look forward to welcoming visitors once again at the appropriate time.

Recreate Responsibly

Help us keep everyone – and our environment – safe and healthy. Before you head outdoors, please review the 7 steps to #RecreateResponsibly. (Updated August 2021).

Casinos

4.15.21: Please review all prerequisites before visiting a casino as many will have modified policies such as face-mask requirements and reduced capacity. Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, Little Creek Casino Resort, 7 Cedars Casino, Elwha River Casino, and Lucky Dog Casino are now open to the public.

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Further updates may be found at the following resources. Also, information for our travel industry partners is available here.

County Resources

Clallam County: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html

Jefferson County: https://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1429/COVID-19

Mason County: https://www.co.mason.wa.us/COVID-19/index.php

Grays Harbor County: http://www.healthygh.org/covid19

Washington State Resources

Updated information from the Governor’s office available here.

Updated information from Washington Tourism Alliance / ExperienceWA.com is available here.

Updated information from Visit Seattle is available here.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Seattle Cruise Information: Traveler updates are available on the Port of Seattle’s website

Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to answer questions from the public. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. For additional information see the Washington State Department of Health website.

United States Resources

The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of Level 4 Travel Advisories to several countries.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Warning Level 3: The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.

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