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Travel Updates from Visit Walla Walla

UPDATED MARCH 24, 2021

Effective Monday, March 22, Walla Walla County has advanced to Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery as part of a statewide advancement into this phase. 

Among the most notable changes brought about by the entry into Phase 3 is an increase to 50% capacity for indoor seating and dining at eating and drinking establishments including winery tasting rooms. 

Among the notable highlights of Walla Walla County’s entry into Phase 3 include the following activities and restrictions:

  • Eating and drinking establishments: Open for indoor and outdoor dining/seating, including winery tasting rooms, with indoor capacity now capped at 50%
  • Retail: Capacity increased to 50% of indoor occupancy limits
  • Indoor entertainment establishments: Capacity increased to 50% or 400 people, whichever is less, including indoor theaters, museums, arenas, etc.
  • Outdoor entertainment establishments: Walk-up tickets allowed with restrictions. Maximum spectators allowed = 400 with capacity restriction depending on the facility.
  • Indoor social gatherings with people from outside your household limited to 10 people from outside your household
  • Outdoor social gatherings with people from outside your household limited to 50 people

If you are ready to start planning a trip to Walla Walla or already have plans to visit in the coming weeks, please take these and other health and safety guidelines into consideration when making your travel decisions. Always be mindful of others around you, wear a mask at all times when suggested or required, and remain vigilant about your personal health and safety.

— Previous Travel Updates —

Effective Feb. 14, Walla Walla County has advanced to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery. Among the most notable changes brought about by the entry into Phase 2 is the much-anticipated return of indoor seating and dining with modifications at eating and drinking establishments (including winery tasting rooms). 

Among the notable highlights of Walla Walla County’s entry into Phase 2 include the following activities and restrictions:

  • — Eating and drinking establishments (including tasting rooms) open for indoor and outdoor dining/seating, with indoor capacity capped at 25%
  • — Indoor entertainment establishments (indoor theaters, museums, arenas, etc.) maximum 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less
  • — Indoor social gatherings with people from outside your household limited to five people from outside your household, with a maximum of two households
  • — Outdoor social gatherings with people from outside your household limited to 15 people from outside your household, with a maximum of two households
  • — In-store retail remains limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits

Walla Walla County’s advancement to Phase 2 is effective immediately and will be re-evaluated every other Friday to ensure the county continues to meet or exceed a minimum of three of the four key Roadmap to Recovery metrics.

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. Always be mindful of others around you, wear a mask at all times when suggested or required, and remain vigilant about your health and safety. 

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.

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: Please check-in with businesses, either via their website, or other owned digital properties, or calling, to find more information on their current hours of operations, and other operational updates.

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.