UPDATED NOVEMBER 22, 2020

Effective November 15, per Gov. Jay Inslee’s amended Stay Safe – Stay Healthy Proclamation, a number of changes have been implemented in Walla Walla County and throughout Washington due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. This proclamation is scheduled to expire on December 14 unless otherwise amended, and includes the following notable restrictions for visitors:

  • All restaurants and bars (including tasting rooms) are closed for dine-in service
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums are closed to indoor service
  • In-store retail is limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits
  • Indoor social gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited

These changes come on the heels of a November 13 Travel Advisory issued by Gov. Inslee, which remains in place until canceled and strongly discourages interstate and intrastate travel as follows:

  • Persons arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • Washingtonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.

If you have plans to visit us in Walla Walla in the coming weeks, please take these and other health and safety guidelines into consideration when evaluating your travel plans. Where possible, we encourage you to reschedule your visit for a later time after current restrictions expire, when you’ll be able to fully enjoy the Walla Walla we all know and love.

When the time is right, we are as eager to welcome you to Walla Walla as you are to visit. Until then please stay safe and healthy.

 

— Previous Travel Updates —

As of June 17, Walla Walla County remains in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Phased Approach to Recovery, which allows for essential travel and travel only for activities permissible under Phase 1 and Phase 2. Travelers from outside of the immediate area are discouraged from visiting Walla Walla County during Phase 2, and are reminded by the Washington State Secretary of Health that “staying home is still safest,” and to “stay local” when venturing out. Visit Walla Walla looks forward to welcoming guests from outside the area once non-essential travel is not only permissible in Walla Walla County, but also in the traveler’s county of origin. In the meantime, it’s not too early to start planning your future Walla Walla getaway, and when you do travel we encourage all visitors to follow these guidelines:

Know before you go: Check the Business Updates resource page of the website to see current hours, operations, and updates from local restaurants, wineries, accommodations, shops, and activities.

Proper pandemic etiquette: This includes taking necessary precautions to protect yourself and being respectful of the health and safety of Walla Walla residents. Please follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask or other face covering around others, maintain appropriate social and physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and make plans to visit at another time if you have any signs of illness.

Enjoy peace of mind: Your health and safety are important to you, and they are important to us. That’s why more than 80 local businesses have voluntarily taken the Peace of Mind Pledge to meet or exceed industry best practices with regard to health and safety. It’s our way of giving you one less thing to worry about, while keeping you – and us – safe in the process.

Have fun: We are all eager to travel after months of isolation and stay-at-home orders. A safe, healthy, and enjoyable visit starts and ends with a responsible visit. Use common sense, avoid situations that might put you or others at increased risk, be mindful of local rules and restrictions, and please be respectful of the community and the environment. 

When the time is right, we are as eager to welcome you to Walla Walla as you are to visit. Until then please stay safe and healthy.