COVID-19 Updates and Resources from the RTA

Welcome Back to Seattle Southside!

We’re beyond excited that our region and state are fully re-opened! Travelers, locals, sports groups, meeting attendees and all other visitors are all welcome and our local businesses are now officially permitted to operate at full capacity. Hotels, attractions, bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses are once again resuming business-as-usual (with a few precautionary guidelines).

The wait has been long and not without its challenges, but our resilience is strong, and we've been busy getting out and about to help our region move forward toward full recovery—while our Pacific Northwest summer begins to wind down and the season changes! For all the details on any remaining restrictions and exceptions, please see the official COVID-19 Re-opening Guidance from Washington State’s Governor’s Office.




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Vaccination verification

For indoor activities and large outdoor events

People ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County, including:

  • Outdoor events with 500 people or more – such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events
  • Indoor entertainment and recreational events or establishments – such as professional and collegiate sports, entertainment, performing arts, museums, theatre, live music, gyms, and conferences/conventions.
  • Restaurants and bars (including indoor dining) – this does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren't primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores.

This requirement will help to protect customers and workers, protect our health care system (read a statement of support from the healthcare community), and prevent business closures as the Delta variant continues to spread in King County. You can read this Public Health Insider blog post for more information.

To find COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit

Current mask guidance remains in effect. For more information, visit

One of the following is required when entering one of the above establishments:

King County proof of vaccination examples for card or photo of card




King County proof of vaccination examples mobile app, negative test



International Border Crossing Update

The Department of Homeland Security announced additional details on the new international travel policy for land and ferry border crossings.

For the first time since March 2020, documented non-citizens with proof of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine will be able to cross the land borders with Canada and Mexico or arrive in the United States by passenger ferry for non-essential reasons, such as to visit friends and family, or for tourism. See additional details on the updated guidance here.

Children under 18 traveling with vaccinated parent(s) are exempt from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers, given both the ineligibility of some younger children for vaccination, as well as the global variability in access to vaccination for older children.

The November 8 reopening is long-awaited development that is vital to the recovery of all segments of our industry. We will continue to keep you apprised as more information becomes available. Please reference U.S. Travel's International Travel FAQ.



Welcome Back Visitors from Canada & Mexico! 

Seattle Southside is excited to welcome back our visitors from Canada and Mexico. As of November 8th, the U.S. will open its land borders and ports to fully vaccinated Canadian and Mexican tourists for the first time since March 2020.

The wait is over! It is time to see the friends and family who have eagerly awaited your visit. And Seattle Southside's hotels, attraction, dining, and shopping partners are looking forward to entertaining you and your loved ones during your reunion. 

Please be aware that foreign travelers must have proof of vaccination. The approved vaccines for international travelers include Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac. The Russian-produced Sputnik V vaccine is excluded from the list of WHO-approved vaccines. 




Washington State is Open!

Washington state has lifted its COVID-19 restrictions on capacity limitations for most venues. Large indoor events are restricted to 75 percent capacity unless vaccination verification is occurring. If vaccination verification is occurring prior to entry, and the venue requires all attendees be vaccinated, there are no capacity restrictions. Large indoor events are defined as any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants located in an indoors enclosed space.


Do I have to wear a mask?

The State has implemented a mask mandate requiring face masks for everyone over five years of age in most public indoor settings as well as outdoor settings with more than 500 participants, regardless of vaccination status. These include places like grocery stores, malls, gyms, and community centers. Masks are strongly recommended in all settings.

There are some exceptions to the mask requirement, including:

  • Children under age five years of age. However, children age two to four years old can wear a mask under close adult supervision.
  • People with a medical or mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask
  • Fully vaccinated workers who are working alone or in an area not accessible to the public
  • Athletes who play indoor sports and who are actively engaged in competition or practice (masks are still required on sidelines and in team meetings)
  • Small indoor private gatherings when everyone is vaccinated
  • Children under two years of age should not wear a face-covering due to the risk of suffocation

It is important to use and handle masks properly. A mask should fit snugly around both your mouth and nose, and it should not have holes or tears in the fabric. Cloth face coverings should be washed frequently, ideally after each use, and certainly daily. If you are not able to wash it after each use, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.

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Do I need to social distance?

There will be no physical distancing requirements, but the state maintains that businesses retain the right to make their own rules.


Should I travel?

The state is following guidance from the CDC for travel.

Restrictions for traveling depend on if you are fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people are required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas, like a ferry or top deck of a bus.

People who are not full vaccinated must take a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before their trip and are encouraged to check in with the COVID-19 restrictions at their destination. The CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing when traveling.


Do I need to prove I'm vaccinated?

King County requires that customers and attendees at most indoor restaurants and bars as well as gyms, arts and entertainment venues, and sporting events show proof that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entering. If unvaccinated, patrons may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test done in the last 72 hours by an FDA-approved test.

It will apply to:

  • Outdoor events with 500 people or more – such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events
  • Indoor entertainment and recreational events or establishments – such as professional and collegiate sports, entertainment, performing arts, museums, theatre, live music, gyms, and conferences/conventions.
  • Restaurants and bars (including indoor dining) – this does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren't primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores.

For more information, visit the King County website.



Safety Guidelines

Use these guidelines to travel safely and stay healthy.

Cruise Updates

Stay connected to updates about cruise sailings.

Seattle to Alaska Cruise To Begin in July

Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line said they would resume cruising to Alaska for a partial season starting in July for passengers who have proof of vaccination.

  • Princess Cruises will sail seven-day cruises from July 25 through Sept. 26. Sales will begin on May 21.
  • Holland America Line will resume seven-day cruises to depart on Saturdays from July 24 through Oct. 2.
  • Carnival will depart weekly from July 27 to Sept. 14. Most trips will be seven-day cruises, with one eight-day trip that has one additional stop.

Norwegian Cruise Line has also started selling tickets for August sailings from Seattle to Alaska.

Stay Up To Date

Travel Updates

COVID-19 travel protocols continue to evolve. These are some of the newest COVID-19 testing requirements to be aware of as you plan your trip.

White House Announcement Regarding Travel Restrictions

The White House announced tighter entry restrictions for both foreign, nationals and U.S. citizens arriving to the United States. These new restrictions will go into effect the week of December 6, 2021. 

The updated guidelines will require both U.S. citizens and foreign inbound travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to the United States—regardless of vaccination status.

  • The test must be performed within one day of departure, shortened from the three-day testing window. As of now, there is no indication on how long these new entry requirements will be in place.


CDC International Travel Guidance

Do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.

The COVID-19 situation, including the spread of new or concerning variants, differs from country to country. All travelers need to pay close attention to the conditions at their destination before traveling.

CDC will update these recommendations as more people get vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available.


Guidance for Travelers



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