Washington State Parks Guidance on Volunteer Activity During COVID-19

(Updated 6/23/2021)

In accordance with recent changes to Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery, the following updated guidance applies for all volunteer activities within State Parks owned and managed lands.

SELF-SCREENING

  • All volunteers, regardless of immunization status, must continue to conduct a self-assessment using the agency’s Screening Questionnaire before arriving at or entering the park. Any volunteers that feel unwell, show any symptoms of COVID-19, or are a close contact of a confirmed case will not be allowed to participate in volunteer activities.
  • Park hosts, regardless of immunization status, must continue to conduct a self-assessment daily using the agency’s Screening Questionnaire. If you answer YES to any of the screening questions, stop interacting with visitors and immediately notify park staff.
  • Hosts who are sick or symptomatic or have been in close contact with someone who is, will be asked to relocate to a non-state park site, if possible. Hosts who are unable to relocate to a non-state park site may be asked to relocate to an alternate site within the park that may not have full utilities.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • All volunteers, regardless of immunization status, must continue to use the six-foot social distance standard in their interactions with the public/customers, staff, and other volunteers. 

FACE COVERINGS

  • Volunteers who are not yet fully vaccinated, or are of unknown vaccination status, must continue to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times while performing duties, except when working alone outside, in a private area or in other circumstances where there are no other people outside their household.
  • Volunteers who verify they are fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks have passed since your final shot): 
  • Will not be required to wear masks or face coverings in an outdoor environment but must maintain social distancing when addressing the public/customers, staff, and other volunteers.
  • Will not be required to wear masks or face coverings in an indoor, non-public office environment but must maintain social distancing with staff and other volunteers.
  • All volunteers, regardless of immunization status, must wear masks or face coverings in indoor settings with public/customer interactions including reception counters, customer service counters, lobbies, and field work such as contact stations and visitor/interpretation centers.

Vaccine Verification Process

Volunteers that are fully vaccinated and want to go maskless in the approved settings indicated above, must verify their vaccination status with the volunteer supervisor. You can do this by showing the supervisor your vaccination card. Before you shed your mask, talk to the supervisor. Supervisors have been given instructions on how to document vaccination status (Note: we will not keep copies of your vaccination documents, only visually verify them to confirm you have received the vaccine. Verification lists are confidential). If you have additional questions or concerns about the new policy, please talk with the supervisor.

Safety First

The health and safety of our volunteers, staff and visitors are our top concern. If vaccinated volunteers want to wear a mask they are welcomed to do so. The agency will not tolerate any vaccination shaming. Decisions to get the vaccine, or not, are personal and our interests are to assure a safe work and recreation environment for everyone.

other GENERAL GUIDANCE

  • Avoid sharing tools and other equipment. When sharing tools is required, wear gloves and disinfect tools between uses according to CDC guidelines.
  • Use proper hygiene practices and wash hands frequently. 
  • Pack out what you pack in. Take any garbage with you, including masks and disposable gloves.
  • Please check with individual parks for any park-specific mitigation plans or additional guidance that may be required