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DES reopening guidelines and updates


Media Inquiries

Linda Kent
Public Affairs Director
(360) 972-6413

DES Communications
(360) 407-8200

Other Questions?

Updated June 17, 2021 2:30 p.m.

DES is looking forward to the reopening of the buildings on the Capitol Campus. While we are still working on many details with building tenants – including guidance for visitors – we are excited to transition out of pandemic restrictions.

Please continue to check this page or sign up to get alerts when this page is updated. Further announcements will be made as guidance becomes available. 

Thank you for your understanding throughout the pandemic and as the state works to reopen. DES services will continue operating normally except where noted below.

Capitol Campus

Public meetings and records

Employee Assistance Program

Contracting & Purchasing



PPE COVID-19 Response

Real Estate Services



Capitol Campus

Event Permits

DES is not currently issuing Capitol Campus event permits in compliance with the phased reopening plan for Washington State as well as the need for new health and safety protocols for the campus.

People may submit permit applications for future consideration. However, we do not have enough information at this time to predict when DES will begin regularly issuing event permits again. This is due to the unpredictability of when gatherings may be allowed in Thurston County and when new health and safety protocols will be in place on the Capitol Campus.

Displays and Banners

Display permits

DES is issuing permits for Capitol Campus displays. All permitted displays must follow display policy guidelines. Please note, in compliance with the phased reopening plan for Washington State, DES will not issue permits for any gatherings, events or activities associated with any displays.

Bridge Banner permits

DES is not issuing permits for banners on the Capitol Way pedestrian bridge at this time.

Access to Buildings

When in doubt, call the agency before you visit.

Most buildings are only allowing entry for employees who have a badge. These buildings have instructions for the public posted on their front doors.

The Legislative Building is scheduled to reopen to the public July 1.

Building Name Status
Adams Building (DCYF) Closed to public
Capitol Court Closed to public
Helen Sommers Closed to public
Highways Licenses Open Mon. – Fri.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Insurance Building Closed to public
Irving R. Newhouse Closed to public
Joel M. Pritchard  Closed to public
John A. Cherberg  Highways Licenses Closed to public
John L. O’Brien  Closed to public
Justice James Dolliver Building Open to employees;
restricted for public
Legislative (Capitol) Building Scheduled to reopen July 1
Legislative Services Print Shop Closed to public
Natural Resources Building Closed to public
Office Building 2 Closed to public
Old Capitol Building (OSPI) Closed to public
Raad Closed to public
State Archives Open Mon. – Fri.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Transportation Building Closed to public
Temple of Justice Closed to public

Suspended Activities

DES has suspended the following until further notice:

  • Civic education (school) tours
  • Public tours of the Legislative Building
  • Public tours of the Governor's Mansion (until September 2021)
  • There are now virtual tours that school children can participate in as well as the public.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Daily cleaning and disinfecting the Capitol Campus includes restroom surfaces. Targeted cleaning and disinfection are available upon request to building tenants. If you need additional support, contact the Property Manager or Work Management Center at (360) 725-0000.


Current parking procedures for the Capitol Campus:

Visitor parking
Monthly parking fee
  • Parking fees will continue to be deducted from employee pay
  • Employees may cancel their parking at any time
  • Even if they cancel, employees who are on a waiting list for a different parking assignment will keep their standing on the list.
  • Learn more.
Day passes
  • The process for getting a parking day pass is different during this time of increased remote work. Learn more.
Parking assignments
  • Please continue to park only where you are authorized. (WAC 200-200).


Contact the Parking Office

The Parking Office is temporarily closed to walk-in traffic, however, you can contact staff members who are working from home:, (360) 725-0030, Parking Office webpage.

Public Records and Open Public Meetings during COVID-19 response

  • Meetings are virtual and open to the public in compliance with the Governor's Proclamation 20-28. 
  • DES continues to respond to Public Records Requests, with some changes:
    • DES isn't required to provide in-person access to records
    • DES offices don't need to be open for public inspection and copying of public records
    • DES now has longer than five business days to respond to a request

For questions about the OPMA or Public Records Requests, contact us at

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is in full operation across the state, offering services via phone and telehealth platforms. Additional support and resources are available to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, community violence, civil unrest and national crises on emotional and mental health and on overall well-being. Visit or call (877) 313 - 4455 for additional support and resources.

Contracting & Purchasing

COVID-19 Purchase Exception Expires June 30, 2021

The DES declaration that allowed goods and services related to the state's COVID-19 response to be procured outside the state's competitive solicitation rule will expire on June 30, 2021. If your agency believes that it will require the exception beyond this sunset date, please request an exception by email to the DES Director

Access to State Master Contracts

DES is providing access to master contracts that may be helpful in response to COVID-19:

Contracts for cleaning services
Contracts for state Language Access Plan

Many health and instructional materials have been translated into 26+ different languages and are posted on the Department of Health's COVID-19 Educational Materials page.

State agencies may utilize the following DES master contracts to comply with other aspects of the state Coronavirus Response Language Access Plan as well:


Fleet Operations

The DES Fleet Operations Vehicle Maintenance Facility on Fones Road in Olympia has resumed normal operations for customers of Thurston and Mason Counties.

Fleet Operations is closely following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations. For service, schedule an appointment online or call (360) 664-9200.

For minor repairs...
  • Pull into the shop and stay in your vehicle. A service provider will address your needs.
For all other services…
  • Leave the keys in the ignition.
  • Go to the window in the shop door for directions. If you need a loaner vehicle, they will direct you to the dispatch office for vehicle pick-up.
For those outside of Thurston and Mason counties…
  • You can find an approved service location near you by leaving a voicemail at (800) 542-6840. A fleet operations representative will get back to you as soon as possible.



Consolidated Mail Services (CMS)

As an essential service, Consolidated Mail Services (CMS) is operating on its normal schedule. CMS is following all CDC guidelines and protocols. If you have questions about your specific business needs, contact CMS customer service at

PPE COVID-19 Response

Purchasing and delivery

The DES contracts team sources and purchases needed PPE items that the Department of Health has identified. If you have something to sell and want to engage in a business relationship with the state, please follow these instructions to complete the online vendor registration process. Visit the state's PPE webpage to learn more.

Real Estate Services


Online auctions 

The Surplus Operations program resumed online auctions for vehicles, heavy equipment and other miscellaneous items including computer monitors, cell phones, tires. Auction previews and pick-ups are by appointment only.

Retail store replaced by new digital storefront with "Buy Now" option

Surplus Operations launched an all new digital storefront to replace the Tumwater retail location. Registered users of the platform can use the "Buy Now" option to purchase any item in the store. View the current inventory.

For more information, visit the Surplus Operations Hours & Location page or call (360) 407-2270.


Trainings are being offered and delivered virtually.

A vibrant roster of classes are being offered and delivered virtually, including Leading Others and Inclusive Leadership: Mitigating Implicit Bias in Hiring. 

To learn about all current training options, search the Learning Center catalog for "wa-state virtual" or search the Training and Development webpage for "virtual." 

Our Online Learning Resources for Workforce Development page provides timely and relevant on-demand learning experiences across nine learning pathways. LinkedIn Learning subscriptions also provide access to thousands of courses taught by industry experts.

If you have questions, email or refer to the Online Learning Resources for Workforce Development page.