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.
Washington State is Open!
Updated July 29, 2021
Washington state has lifted its COVID-19 restrictions on social distancing and capacity limitations. However, the State strongly recommends King County residents 5-years and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings.
Can I sit at the bar or go to the movies?
Bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses can resume business as usual without restrictions, unless they require it.
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, such as requiring customers to wear masks.
Do I have to wear a mask?
The guidance strongly recommends King County residents 5-years and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings.
This extra layer of protection is intended for settings like grocery stores, restaurants, retail, theaters, and entertainment establishments, where people can enter freely. Washington State already requires unvaccinated people to wear masks in indoor public settings, although in stores and other public spaces there is no practical way to know who is and is not vaccinated. For this reason, universal masking is a simple, effective, and reliable way to help us all stay safer as we monitor the current increasing trends.
Businesses also retain the right to require customers to wear masks, so check with them before you go.
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?
It’s possible some activities will require negative COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination, but it’s not a state mandate.
The state recommends that people test negative or provide proof of vaccination for large indoor and outdoor events, but it is not required. Large indoor events are defined as any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants located in an indoors enclosed space.
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.
The state plans to reevaluate the restrictions on large indoor events on July 31, 2021.
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
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