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 September 13, 2021
Washington state has lifted its COVID-19 restrictions on social distancing and 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 fully 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?
Starting October 25, 2021, King County will require 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.
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