Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Visit Tri-Cities (VTC) continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Visitor Center (7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Ste. B, Kennewick, WA 99336) is currently closed to the public. The VTC team is working remotely and may be reached via phone or email.
Washington State Impact
- On February 29, Governor Jay Inslee issued a declaration of emergency for Washington State in order to mobilize resources and maximize containment of infections. King County issued an emergency declaration on March 2, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan followed with a Proclamation of Emergency. The declarations allow the state, county and city to mobilize resources quickly to contain COVID-19 spread.
- On March 16, Governor Inslee amended a previous proclamation restricting gatherings of 50 or more people throughout Washington State. In addition, all restaurants, bars and entertainment/recreational facilities statewide are temporarily shut down. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and hardware stores are open; restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery services; and retailers may stay open with reduced occupancy. The Governor’s proclamation remains in effect through May 4, 2020 but may be extended.
- On March 24, Governor Inslee issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for Washington State. It is safe for people to go outside and to engage in essential tasks as long as physical distancing is practiced.
- The Benton Franklin Health District recommends visitors and residents in the Tri-Cities area should wear non-medical masks when leaving your dwelling for essential tasks.
Guidance for Travelers.
- The Tri-Cities Airport remains open and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport is considered an essential service provider and will continue to support the community.
- Flight schedules are currently normal. While the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically reduced air travel demand across the globe, the Tri-Cities Airport has not been informed of any schedule changes to its current flight offerings. One-off flight delays and cancellations still occur, and travelers should stay in contact with their airline regarding specific itineraries.
- The Tri-Cities Airport does anticipate that there will be schedule changes soon; when informed by the airline(s), the airport will share the information on Facebook and its website, flytricities.com. Passengers are encouraged to confirm their flight with their airline before arriving at the airport.
- The Tri-Cities Airport has additional information regarding operations with continual updates.
Public Health and Visitor Resources
The Benton Franklin Health District offers local information. If you are in Benton or Franklin Counties and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact the novel coronavirus call center: 509-460-4358 or en español 509-460-4359. The call center will be staffed from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday.
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for general COVID-19 information.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides resources for mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
Travelers are Encouraged to Follow Guidance Issued by Official Public Health Sources
- Destinations International offers COVID-19 Facts & Visualization.
- Experience WA Travel Advisory.
- Tri-Cities Airport Response to Coronavirus.
- Alaska Airlines Response to Coronavirus.
- Delta Airlines Response to Coronavirus.
This page will be updated as the situation changes.