Caring for Orcas Island’s Health

The safety of our Orcas island community is our highest priority. With that in mind, the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is encouraging visitors to postpone their travel plans to the island to limit the potential spread of the virus.

All lodging establishments are closed to non-essential travel reservations. Face coverings are required in all public businesses.

On May 23 San Juan County moved into Phase 2 of the Governor’s 4 Phase plan. Certain businesses and services can resume in Phase 2. Read about which businesses are affected here.

The Chamber continues to support our island’s small business community. You can review our Business Update web page here, and support businesses listed on the OrcasStrong website.

If you are on-island because of ESSENTIAL business, please be aware that under Phase 2, you are required to wear a face covering in all businesses.  We also urge you to frequently wash your hands, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and you must practice social distancing as outlined by the CDC and WA State Health. Also, if ferry travel is necessary, please stay in your car during the passage. 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

In this difficult time the Chamber of Commerce will publish updates about the island’s businesses and organizations in our bi-weekly Newsletter. Updated on Mondays and Thursdays, the Chamber’s weekly Newsletter can be accessed here, Monday, May 25 and Thursday, May 28. It gives you a snapshot of the news on the island. Sign up here.

We will also update our Dining Guide to indicate which dining establishments are offering take-out food, or provide delivery. Please check back regularly as the options may change. Be sure to refresh your browser for the most current Dining Guide.

ferry-linkTaking a ferry to Orcas Island?

As a reminder, the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order is still in effect. Customers are advised to limit travel on ferries to essential purposes only, and to observe social distancing by remaining in their vehicles whenever possible. On some sailings, the number of walk-on passengers may be restricted so that riders can maintain physical distance.

Thank you for doing your part to keep Washingtonians safe and healthy during this challenging time.

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