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Washington has reopened from COVID-19 restrictions – Now what?

July 1, 2021

After 15 months of COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Inslee relaxed statewide COVID-19 restrictions that have kept everyone limited in where we go, who we see, and how we gather. The impact has had a profound effect on veterinary clinics. As we wrestle with going back to more normal operations, it’s easy to see that making the shift to reopening isn’t as simple as flipping a switch.

To assist veterinary clinics in their reopening plans, the WSVMA is releasing an updated guide, “A Guide to Mitigating the Risk of Infection in Veterinary Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

What’s new?

Included in the updated Guide are reopening considerations, including wearing masks, social distancing, and vaccinations. Occupancy limits, ventilation, air filtration, physical barriers, and client screening is also offered.

As we announced on June 1, the CDC says veterinary clinics should follow mask guidance of the general public. The State has implemented new mask requirements for employers that include documenting vaccine status of workers. See page 7 of the Guide.

What’s next?

In light of developing COVID-19 variants, there’s a good chance that restrictions could be back in place this summer or fall. Even though Gov. Inslee has relaxed many of the COVID-19 requirements, it’s important to continue to follow best practices in order to protect workers. Included in the updated Guide are precautions, some previously published, that should still be considered and employed for safety. Being able to respond quickly will ensure a smooth transition and less stress for all involved.

Download the Guide here.

Please contact the WSVMA with questions at [email protected] or (800) 399-7862.


Posted July 1, 2021