COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update | Olympic Peninsula

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Last updated November 17, 2020

See our new Guidelines for Visiting the Olympic Peninsula pdf and Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog to check what is open. To stay informed on Governor Inslee’s Four Phase Reopening Plan, follow this link.

11.15.20: Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. Among these restrictions is noted that Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Take-away and outdoor dining is still permitted. In-Store Retail shall be limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits. Review the full proclamation here.

Washington has also joined with the governors of Oregon and California in issuing a Travel Advisory urging anyone entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. The advisory urges the public against non-essential out-of-state travel and encourages residents to stay close to home. Click here for details on the Travel Advisory.

7.1.20: Governor Inslee announces statewide mask mandate: Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance 6 ft. from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents, employees and visitors. Be assured that our lodging establishments, restaurants, transportation companies and local businesses take healthy travel very seriously and are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the same. The trail to reopening the Olympic Peninsula is a winding one so check back regularly for updates.

Some businesses on the Olympic Peninsula are either closed or on limited operations at this time. However, many local businesses are offering gift cards  (hint: some holiday gift ideas?). We encourage the public to visit ShowWALove.com to support Washington businesses by purchasing gift cards (some with nice discounts!) for future use. Olympic Peninsula businesses can be found under the Peninsulas & Coast region tab.

Restaurants / Bars / Wineries and More

11.15.20 Modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining must comply with the requirements of the Outdoor Dining Guidance. Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of five (5) people.  Review the full proclamation here.

Events

Almost all events have been canceled, postponed, or altered in some way. We will make every effort to keep our “Events” calendar updated with any changes, and we encourage you to double-check on any specific event you might be planning to attend. Where applicable, we have made note if an event has been officially rescheduled or transitioned into a virtual event.

Ferry and Bus Service

6.16.20: Black Ball Ferry Line has extended its period of suspended operations due to the closure of the border between the United States and Canada to all but non-essential travel until further notice.

6.1.20: Effective June 1, Clallam Transit Strait Shot has reopened for service.

Visitor Centers

6.1.20: Most visitor centers are now open with modified policies such as walk-up information windows. 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 and Visiting in Winter 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.

Tribal Lands

11.13.20: The Makah Nation (Neah Bay) and the Quileute Nation (La Push) are 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.

Casinos

7.1.20: 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.

The Nature Conservancy Lands

3.24.20: The Nature Conservancy has closed all of its Washington Lands. On the Olympic Peninsula this includes the Hoh River Forest and the Clearwater Forest.

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.

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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.

British Columbia

3.18.20: In accordance with the announcements from both federal governments, all non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. is suspended.

Destination British Columbia is monitoring the situation and posts relevant information on its website.