The Seattle Southside community is committed to cooperating with guidelines in place for the best health, safety, and sanitation practices so we can get back to meeting and retreating. We’ve compiled all the information you need to plan your next trip, meeting, or event in Seattle’s Backyard.
Why Seattle Southside for Your Next Destination?
Seattle Southside is ideally located outside the hustle and bustle of downtown and is perfectly situated between urban attractions and natural wonders.
Seattle’s Backyard is a convenient, affordable, and accessible destination for groups.
Our community is committed to following guidelines for best health practices and industry standards for social distancing and sanitation.
Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery
Washington State is following the Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery plan. Governor Jay Inslee first announced the regional, phased reopening plan Jan. 6. Counties will move between phases based on meeting three out of four criteria.
The four metrics are:
- Trend in case rate: Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;
- Trend in hospital admissions rate: Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;
- Percent ICU occupancy: Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds; and
- Percent positivity: 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests.
SEATTLE SOUTHSIDE IN KING COUNTY IS IN PHASE 3 (EFFECTIVE MARCH 22)
The metrics provide an overview of current COVID-19 trends and health care system readiness in each region, ensuring that health care systems will efficiently and equitably respond to potential future outbreaks.
Read the full Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery plan here.
What’s Open & What’s Happening?
Social and At-Home gatherings are permitted with a maximum of 10 people from outside a household when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.
Indoor dining at restaurants are allowed at 50% capacity and alcohol service must end at midnight. Outdoor and open-air dining is limited to 10 people per table.
Ceremonies and indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are permitted and must follow the appropriate venue requirements. If food or drinks are served, the eating and drinking requirements above apply.
Sports competitions and tournaments allowed in all risk categories. Fitness and training and indoor sports are limited to 50% capacity. Sports guidance in Phase 3 to allow in-person spectators at events for the first time in a year. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. The change affects both professional and high school sports, as well as motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.
Phase 3 also allows for up to 400 people maximum to attend outdoor activities, as well as events in indoor facilities — so long as 400 people does not exceed 50% capacity for the location, and physical distancing and masking protocols are enforced. Larger venue events are capped at 25% occupancy, or up to 9,000 people, whichever is less, and must follow spectator guidelines.
Phase 3 will allow up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. This applies to all industries and indoor activities currently allowed; restaurants, gyms and fitness centers and movie theaters, among others, may all increase their capacity.
Safe Travels in Seattle Southside
If you find yourself daydreaming about your next vacation but you're hesitant to stay at a hotel or visit any attractions, take a few minutes to watch some videos from our Safe Travels video series to see what some of our favorite hotels and attractions are doing to keep visitors safe. From socially distant soccer practice at Starfire Sports, to contactless check-in at the DoubleTree Suites, travel with confidence in Seattle Southside!
All Clear King County Pledge
When you visit King County, you can travel confidently knowing there are protocols in place to help keep everyone as safe as possible. We have partnered with Visit Seattle to ask tourism and hospitality businesses to take the All Clear King County Pledge, backed by public health protocols, to help our region reopen responsibly. As a visitor to our region, you too can take the pledge.
Guests pledge to:
- Wear masks or face coverings while on the premises, unless medically unsafe to do so
- Use sanitizer and/or wash hands before entering and throughout their stay
- Maintain six or more feet of distance from others when possible
- Use credit/debit or other contactless payment methods when possible
- Stay home when running a fever or not feeling well
- Inform themselves about current King County and Washington COVID-19-related guidelines and requirements
- Practice patience and empathy – we’re all learning together!
- TAKE THE PLEDGE HERE
Businesses pledge to:
- Staff wear masks or face coverings while on the premises, unless medically unsafe to do so
- Staff wash hands frequently
- Make hand sanitizer and/or accessibility to hand washing available to customers when possible
- Limit capacity as directed by Washington State’s Safe Start plan to support physical distancing
- Clean and sanitize all surfaces and common areas in accordance with CDC guidelines
- Perform regular staff wellness checks and require sick employees to stay home
- Practice patience and empathy – we’re all learning together!
- SEE A LIST OF ALL BUSINESSES WHO HAVE TAKEN THE PLEDGE
Washington State is currently recommending travelers follow CDC guidelines:
Updated Information for Travelers - updated April 2, 2021
- Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.
- People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States:
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine
- Fully vaccinated travelers should still follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely including:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
Catch Up with the Seattle Southside Community
Explore all of what Seattle Southside has to offer your next visit—virtually! You can tour top attractions, see what’s happening in real-time with live cams throughout the Seattle region, or watch and learn from travel experts on Seattle Southside TV. Start finding inspiration to build your itinerary for planning your next in-person meeting in Seattle’s Backyard.
Preparations & Precautions at the Airport
The Port of Seattle has implemented protocols to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of employees, travelers, and community members. Learn more about how the Port is keeping its facilities clean and safe.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): The Port has made operational adjustments to SEA, requires face coverings or masks for all passengers, visitors, and airport workers, installed 250 hand sanitizers in and around the terminal, and much more. Travelers can be ready with the FlyHealthy@SEA virtual tour video and travel tips. Read SEA Airport status updates for more information.
Events and Gatherings
In Phase 2, social gatherings are only allowed outdoors with five or fewer people outside of the household once a week. These limitations do not apply to religious practices, weddings, funerals. Read the allowances from the Governor here.
The Great Outdoors and Green Spaces
Sandy beaches, majestic mountains and quaint countryside—Seattle Southside offers a range of outdoor activities you can still enjoy from the comfort of your car or on the trail. Explore more of the best parks in Seattle Southside which allow for social distancing.
Questions? We’re Here to Help!
Our team at the Seattle Southside RTA is here for you. If you have more questions, please reach out to us and we will do our best to get you answers. We’re keeping up with the latest information and providing resources to prepare you for planning your next meeting or event in Seattle Southside.
Guidance for Meeting & Event Planners:
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) event planning guidelines
MPI’s coronavirus resources page
Events Industry Council’s resources page