We love our visitors but now is not the time to visit the San Juan Islands. The health and safety of our island communities is our highest priority. In light of concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau is requesting visitors postpone all travel to the San Juans, including day trips, to limit the potential spread of the virus.
Our request is based on the San Juan County Health Officer’s directive to suspend all non-essential travel to and from the Islands and close all lodgings to vacationers beginning March 25 through April 30. The timing of this directive will be reassessed and adjusted, if needed, based on the trajectory of the virus in the Islands and nationwide.
Currently, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee also has issued a statewide order for everyone except critical infrastructure workers to stay home for two weeks beginning March 25. As a result, all businesses except essential businesses in the San Juan Islands are closed.
All Washington State Parks are closed beginning March 25 for two weeks and State Parks campgrounds will remain closed until April 30, at the earliest.
San Juan County Parks and the San Juan Island National Historical Park currently remain open with restrooms closed in most instances. Camping at County Parks is closed through April 30, with an extension possible.
There will be no overnight transient moorage at marinas allowed in the islands at least until April 30.
Restaurants remain open for take-out orders, grab-and-go, and delivery only. Grocery stores and pharmacies and a few other essential businesses also remain open. We regret the impact these closures are having on our local businesses and economy.
We urge all travelers and community members to stay at home and take protective measures against COVID-19, including frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick. Also, if ferry travel is necessary, please stay in your car during the passage. These, among other community mitigation efforts, are considered the quickest and most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions.
Please find additional guidelines and local information about COVID-19 on the San Juan County website.
The Visitors Bureau will encourage travel to the San Juan Islands in support of our small businesses when it is safe to do so once again. In the meantime, you can support businesses by buying gift cards or certificates for future travel or purchase of island-made items.
We will continue to monitor the situation as we work together with town and county officials to protect the people and places we love.
We wish everyone health and wellness.
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Staff and Board