Welcome back to the Northwest Maritime Center!

At the Northwest Maritime Center the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is our number one priority as we reopen. We are committed to hosting activities and events that are fun, educational, and follow all federal, state, and local safety recommendations.

COVID best practices, guidelines, and regulations are continuing to change as we emerge from the pandemic. We are working to keep these guidelines updated and consistent with current regulations and medical science.

Health & Safety Requirements for Visitors & Participants

  • Stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID

If you currently have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for the virus within the last 2 weeks, please stay home unless you have been cleared as non-contagious.

Also, please stay home if you’re not vaccinated and have traveled internationally OR had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks.  

  • Wear a mask indoors

Washington State and Jefferson County Departments of Health require that everyone must continue to wear a mask indoors. Thank you for your attention to this regulation.

  • Wash your hands

While visiting our campus or participating in our activities, please remember to wash/sanitize your hands frequently. 

  • Report symptoms

If you have visited our campus or participated in our programs and develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive within 2 weeks, please contact us immediately at covid@nwmaritime.org.

  • Respect others

Visiting the NWMC and participating in our activities should be an enjoyable and memorable experience. To preserve that opportunity, we expect everyone to be respectful and considerate of those around you. We’re in this together!

Vaccination Policy

Because NWMC hosts programs in partnership with public schools, we are following WA State guidelines for educational settings, as described in Proclamation 21-14.1.  

Effective October 18 2021, all staff, contractors, volunteers, tenants, and program participants over the age of 18 working indoors at NWMC must verify that they are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide documentation from an appropriate health care professional stating that they have a disability that necessitates exemption from the vaccine requirement.

Proof of full vaccination includes:

  • A CDC Vaccination Record Card or a photo of the card
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
  • Electronic health record (e.g. MyIR Mobile)
  • A state immunization information system record, or equivalent documentation for someone vaccinated outside the US.

Personal attestation is not an acceptable form of verification. NWMC will maintain a verification roster but will not retain proof documentation.

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols in all campus spaces, including restrooms
  • Marked space to promote physical distancing in indoor spaces where people congregate
  • Providing hand sanitizer and disposable masks at all building entrances
  • Installed MERV 13 filters and increased outdoor air supply to maximize ventilation in indoor spaces
  • Providing info to all staff about COVID-19 symptoms, spread, and the benefits of vaccination
  • Requiring vaccination or medical exemption for all our staff, volunteers, tenants and participants who work indoors at NWMC.

COVID Safety in Our Youth Programs

  • We are paying special attention to maintaining the safest possible environment in our youth programs, particularly since children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All staff and volunteers working with youth (whether indoors or outdoors) must be fully-vaccinated.
  • We have created outdoor classroom spaces to maximize program time outdoors.
  • Following school district guidelines, all youth program instructors and participants will remain masked indoors and outdoors unless in small boats regardless of vaccination status.