Enjoy Orcas Island … With Care

If you want to ask the Chamber a question about possibly visiting the island we ask that you email us rather than call, due to our limited in-office hours. Our email is: info@orcasislandchamber.com.

County Requires Face Coverings for all Indoors (August 2021):

The San Juan County Health Officer is reinstating the mandatory masking order for inside San Juan County businesses effective Friday August 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Read the Health Officer Order here. County ‘Hot Topic 54’ covers the current spike in Covid cases in San Juan County. Read it here.

Governor Inslee issues statewide order for Masks for all Indoors (August 18, 2021):

Effective Monday, August 23 the existing statewide mask mandate will be expanded to once again include vaccinated individuals in indoor settings. Read more here.

The Chamber continues to support our island’s small business community. You can support businesses listed on the OrcasStrong website.

If you are visiting Orcas Island by ferry please observe social distancing and mask use. Washington State Ferries requests that passengers remain in their cars during passage, if possible.  Please find additional guidelines and local information about COVID-19 on the San Juan County website, HERE.

We will continue to monitor the situation as we work together with state and county officials to protect the people and places we love. We wish everyone health and wellness.

If you have any questions about Orcas Island, please email our office with your questions. We will get past this. #OrcasStrong

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Staff and Board

Updates from the Chamber

Ferry Schedule

Taking a ferry to Orcas Island? On Friday, November 19 the ferry system will change from a 3-boat service to a 4-boat service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. Here is the link for the ferry schedule.  Reservations are not available at this time (possibly returning in early December). A few tips: Check the ferry travel alert page here. If you are confused by the whole ferry issue, you are not alone. The Chamber will help. Email us at info@orcasislandchamber.com, or call us between 10:30 am – 2:00 pm (Monday – Saturday). We will try to assist.

The Chamber of Commerce publishes updates about the island’s events, businesses, and organizations in the weekly Newsletter called the Blast. Updated this week on Friday, the Chamber’s November 26 Blast Newsletter can be accessed here. It gives you a snapshot of the news on the island. Sign up here. The Orcas Island Community Calendar here has more  event and meeting information.

We will also update our Food & Drink Guide to show you everything on Orcas – the restaurants, markets, cafes, winery … you must have this list! Please check back regularly as the options may change. Be sure to refresh your browser for the most current Guide.

ferry-linkTaking a ferry to Orcas Island?

Travelers on the ferry are advised to observe social distancing by remaining in their vehicles whenever possible. Thank you for doing your part to keep Washingtonians safe and healthy during this challenging time.

Notice: During summer, departure and arrival times can be delayed due to heavy vehicle traffic. If you are booking activities on the island we suggest you discuss your ferry schedule with those activity businesses.

The current schedule is found here. Send us an Email if you have any questions. To learn all about the ferry system and make a reservation, you can click on this link: Ferry Reservations.