COVID-19 Updates and Resources from the RTA

Last updated March 24, 2020, 1:10pm PST

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) continues to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. 

As our elected leaders and public health officials aggressively work to contain infections, the RTA continues to work as an advisor to travelers and an advocate for regional businesses and the travel industry. We’ve heard from many of our partners in recent days and understand the challenges your business is facing, as well as your need to appropriately advise your customers and clients. For more information related toyour business please see our Partner Coronavirus Resource page

Washington State FlagStay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation

On March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation that takes effect immediately and will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks.
This proclamation will:

  • Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity
  • Ban all public and private gatherings for social, spiritual, and recreational purposes
  • Close all businesses except essential businesses

The proclamation states that it is still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. The governor said that people can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Grocery stores, doctor’s offices, and other essential businesses will remain open. Additionally, many tourism businesses such as hotels, rental car companies, restaurant take-out, and many transportation operations are deemed essential. Learn more about essential businesses according to this order.

All non-essential businesses must close by the evening of March 25. Many businesses can and should continue to telework, according Governor Inslee.
Industries that can argue they are essential can request a special designation as an essential business. These essential businesses must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet. To clarify or certify status, or to petition to be added to this list, please visit to access Washington State Business Re-Entry Registration (BRE) information. 
Read more about the Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation.

Governor Inslee has announced a temporary closure of all bars, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities in Washington state. All gatherings will be prohibited.
• Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
• Retail outlets may remain open with reduced occupancy.
• Restaurants may continue take-out, drive-through and delivery services.
To read more on the governor’s announcement, click here

Public Health – Seattle and King County has also ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, clubs, dance halls, theaters, health and fitness clubs, and other similar indoor social or recreational venues until March 31, 2020.


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