Keeping the San Juans Safe: A Partner Pledge & Visitor Guidelines Checklist

A note from the Visitors Bureau…

Friday Harbor, WA – Summer is here, and that normally means an increase in visitors to our Islands. While 2020 is redefining what ‘normal’ is, there are steps the tourism industry is taking to safely welcome visitors back to the Islands.

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One of our most important goals is to educate our visitors and ask them to share the responsibility of keeping our community safe by following our County Health Officer’s guidelines as we move into a modified Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start reopening plan. This partnership is key to moving forward carefully and cohesively.

The Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with the three Island Chambers of Commerce, has created a “pledge” from our tourism industry to our visitors, and for our visitors to our businesses and islanders. This pledge lists aspects such as wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and following local Health Officer guidelines, to keep each other safe.

This poster is available to download (link below) for all island businesses and non-profits, or you can drop by the Visitors Bureau or Chamber offices to pick up a few. The goal is to make everyone aware of strict health and safety guidelines so we move forward together.

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Businesses: You can download the Stay Safe 8.5×11 poster here (PDF) and print it out to post in your place of business or office. Please also consider posting it on your website and including it with reservation confirmations.

We’ve also created a “Guidelines for Enjoying Your Visit Checklist” (PDF) to download for all visitors to Plan, Pack and Prepare, with emphasis on safety.

You can also download either Stay Safe poster or Guidelines from our website:, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links.

Please consider sharing these resources with visiting friends, relatives or guests before they arrive, help us partner with visitors to safely and sustainably reopen to protect the place we all love.

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 8:05 am by

Categories: Business, Health & Wellness


  1. Why don’t the ferry landing workers who come up to your window to check your reservation wear masks? I went to Anacortes for the first time since this all began and was shocked to have the reservation checker come right up to me with no mask. I have my boat at Shipyard Cove and go past there often and have not ever seen masks. I don’t mind the workers that do not approach the car not wearing masks but the reservation checkers should wear masks as they come in contact with many people.

    Comment by Christopher Wilson on June 26, 2020 at 9:58 am
  2. Great point. We’ve conveyed this to Washington State Ferries and we will copy your comment and send it to them as well. We’ve also asked that they keep walk on passengers socially distanced while loading.

    Comment by San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau on June 29, 2020 at 9:58 am

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