Our hard work has paid off, and the Washington State Secretary of Health has accepted our application to move to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Effective immediately, we can move into Phase 2.
So What’s New in Phase 2?
Reopening is a dialing back of restrictions that gives individuals and businesses time to adjust and make sure we can all stay safe.
Phase 2 of reopening means:
Healthy Habits are Still Important
We’ve worked hard to flatten the curve and reduce the number of COVID-19 infections in Whatcom County. The healthy habits that got us here will help prevent new outbreaks as we dial back restrictions and move into Phase 2.
Continue to do things like:
We will need to wait a minimum of three weeks before we are eligible to apply for Phase 3. There’s a chance we will need to turn the dial back to Phase 1 restrictions if we have an increase in cases. It’s up to all of us to maintain our healthy habits to move on to the next phase.
People have different levels of comfort when it comes to taking risks and COVID-19. Be kind with your friends and family who find that they would prefer to stay home and stay healthy a bit longer.
Every one of us plays a part in keeping our community healthy and making Phase 2 successful. Those who want to do more are encouraged to make and donate masks, or volunteer through the whatcomcovid.com website.
Moving to Phase 2 is cause for celebration, but we must do so safely or we risk reversing all our hard work and progress against the virus.
More information about the Safe Start plan is available online.