COVID-19 Updates and Resources from the RTA
The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) continues to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
As our elected leaders and public health officials aggressively work to contain infections, the RTA continues to work as an advisor to travelers and an advocate for regional businesses and the travel industry. We’ve heard from many of our partners in recent days and understand the challenges your business is facing, as well as your need to appropriately advise your customers and clients. For more information related to your business please see our Partner Coronavirus Resource page.
Inslee announces statewide restrictions for four-weeks
Updated Nov. 15, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The new restrictions expected to remain in place from November 16th through December 14th.
Summary of New Restrictions:
It is recommended that travelers coming into Washington State self-quarantine for 14 days.
Indoor dining at restaurants and bars is prohibited and outdoor dining is limited to 5 people at a table. Takeout orders are allowed.
Indoor social gatherings are limited to only people within one’s household and outdoor social gatherings are limited to 5 people from outside one’s household unless guests quarantine for 14 days prior to the event or quarantine for 7 days prior with a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of the event.
Retail businesses can only operate at 25% capacity.
Gyms, fitness centers, bowling centers, museums, movie theaters, zoos, and aquariums will be closed.
Business meetings at convention centers, hotels, and event venues are prohibited. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely is allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Read the full guidance as it relates to meeting venues here.
Wedding and Funeral receptions are prohibited. Ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people.
Religious services limited to 25% indoor occupancy or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer.
Youth and adult sporting activities are limited to outdoor only for intrateam practices.
Additional restrictions can be found here.
- Read the entire story on the governor's Medium page.
- The full proclamation is available here.
- The full guidance page is available here.
The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case counts, with over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and average cases in the state doubling over the past two weeks.
“This spike puts us in a more dangerous a position as we were in March,” Inslee said during a press conference Sunday. “And it means, unfortunately, the time has come to reinstate restrictions on activities statewide to preserve the public’s well-being, and to save lives. These were very difficult decisions that have very real consequences to people’s livelihoods. I recognize that and don’t take those impacts lightly, but we must act now and act quickly to slow the spread of this disease.”
To help mitigate financial impacts on businesses and their employees, the state will commit $50 million in aid. In the short term, the state is commuting $20 million be dedicated to cash assistance targeted directly to hardest hit industries. Remaining funds will be focused on supporting recovery efforts through business loans. Additional details are forthcoming.
Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.
The full proclamation is available here.
The full guidance page is available here.
Safe Start Washington – Phased Reopening County-by-County
- Governor Jay Inslee
Updated August 21, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced and updated guidance as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.
“We have worked with stakeholders for weeks and sometimes months to arrive at these guidelines. We continue to balance the need for activities that contribute to physical, mental, and emotional well-being with the steps needed to control the virus. Our ability to reopen depends on every Washingtonian doing their part to ensure fewer, shorter and safer interactions.” said Inslee.
These guidelines would allow museums in Phase 2 counties to operate as long as they meet certain requirements. Museums in Phase 3 counties would be required to lower occupancy.
Read the full guidance here.
These guidelines would allow for bowling league play in Phases 2 and 3, as long as facilities meet certain requirements.
Read the full guidance here.
This guidance would allow for agritourism such as U-pick farms and tree farms to operate in Phase 2 counties.
Read the full guidance here.
Read the attached memo here.
Updates to the outdoor recreation guidance clarify restrictions to non-spectator motor-sports in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan. These changes go into effect on August 24.
Read the full updated guidance here.
Find a full list of current reopening guidance here
What activities are allowed under a modified Phase 2 application:
Pending a business' ability to follow the State's public health guidance (linked below), the following businesses and activities are now permitted in King County:
|Activity area||Limits and requirements|
|Outdoor recreation||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance, part one, two and three.|
|Fitness||All outdoor activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance, which limits the occupants to no more than five people outside of a household (excluding the instructor). Indoor fitness studios may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance but is limited to one on one activities only.|
|Social gatherings||Only allowed outdoors with five or fewer people outside the household.|
|Additional construction||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance.|
|Manufacturing operations||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance.|
|Real estate** (residential and commercial)||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance with the exception that at no time may an office's occupancy be higher than 25% and indoor services are limited to 30 minutes.|
|In-home/domestic services||As outlined in Phase 2 guidance which has not yet been released by the State.|
|In-store retail**||All non-essential retail activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance with the exception that at no time may an establishment's occupancy be higher than 15% and indoor services are limited to 30 minutes.|
|Personal services||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance with the exception that at no time may the number of customers be more than 25% the number capable of being served at any one time, or 1 person if it is a single bed/chair studio.|
|Professional services**||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance with the exception that at no time may an establishment's occupancy be higher than 25% and indoor services are limited to 30 minutes.|
|Photography||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance.|
|Pet grooming||All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance with the exception that at no time may an establishment's occupancy be higher than 25%.|
|Restaurants||All outdoor dining activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance at 50% outdoor capacity with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance. Additional or new outdoor seating would be allowed subject to maintaining 6 feet of distance between tables and chairs, as well as receiving a city permit as is typically needed. All indoor dining services may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance with the exception that at no time may the number of customers be more than 25% of the tables provided such tables and chairs are more than 6 feet away from each other.|
Learn more: www.kingcounty.gov/Safe-Start
Mask/Face Covering Required
Effective June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can't stay 6 feet apart from others. Learn more.
Information on face coverings is available in multiple languages at Public Health's face coverings website.
Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
The U.S. Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.6 trillion in economic output and supports 15.8 million American jobs, was developed in close collaboration with health and medical professionals, and with organizations throughout the broader travel industry: hotels/resorts, airports, airlines, attractions, restaurants, rental cars, meeting venues, event producers, travel advisors and others. It also builds upon and aligns with the White House and CDC guidelines for "Opening Up America Again."
We will modify the guidance as the public health issue evolves and we will continue to work with medical and health professionals, government officials and travel leaders across the industry to prioritize the health and safety of travelers and travel employees.
Complete List of Re-opened Businesses in Seattle Southside
- We've published a list of all the hotels, restaurants, and attractions re-opening during Phase 2 in our region.
Complete List of Open Hotels in Seattle Southside
- We've created a comprehensive list of hotels that have remained open during the pandemic and the amenities offered by each.
Temporary Hotel Closures
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport - Temporarily Closed
- Motel 6 Seattle Airport #1332 - Temporarily Closed
- Motel 6 Seattle Sea-Tac Airport South #4690 - Temporarily Closed
- Motel 6 Seattle South #736 - Temporarily Closed
- Quality Inn Sea-Tac Airport - Temporarily Closed
- For all other businesses, please check individual websites for closures or reduced hours
Hotels Offering Free Room Nights for Frontline Medical Staff
- Many Seattle hotels and hotels near Sea-Tac Airport are participating in Hilton and Marriott Bonvoy's one million room night giveaway for frontline medical staff.
Guidance for Travelers
- The U.S. Department of State maintains a Level 4 Travel Advisory (its highest) with the message: “Do not travel to China.” On March 11, a Global Level 3 Advisory (“Reconsider Travel”) was issued for travel abroad.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel to China, Malaysia, Europe, UK and Ireland, South Korea, Iran and all Cruise Ship Travel
- CDC Information for Travelers
- CDC: What you Need to Know
- Canada announced that it would close its borders to most nonresidents. It exempted visitors from the U.S., though anyone who crosses the border from the U.S. will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
- Washington State Department of Health
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) traveler updates
- The 2020 cruise season is indefinitely suspended until the resolution of the public health emergency.
Guidance for Meeting & Event Planners
The following resources address crisis management, force majeure clauses and other relevant industry concerns:
- Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) event planning guidelines
- MPI article on force majeure clauses
- International Association of Exhibitions and Events (EEMB) webinar on February 28
- Meeting Mentor Magazine – impact on your event
- Events Industry Council