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.
King County Phase 2: What’s Open & What’s Happening?
On September 22, Governor Inslee reopened Washington State for meetings and events at a capacity of 30% or 200 guests, whichever is less (excluding venue staff). Venues approved to move into a new phase must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in the guidance to reopen. Welcome back to Seattle Southside!
Washington Mask/Face Covering Requirement
Effective June 26, a statewide order requires people 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.
Restaurants & Retail: 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. Indoor dining services may operate with the exception that at no time may the number of customers be more than 25% of the tables provided. Check out a list of some local favorites that are open and offering takeout, curbside service, and delivery. In-store retail may operate with the exception that at no time may an establishment's occupancy be higher than 15% and indoor services are limited to 30 minutes.
Meeting Hotels & Venues: With hotels typically priced 20-30% less than those in downtown Seattle, you can choose from a variety of affordable meeting hotels in Seattle Southside. Unique venues throughout the region include spacious indoor options, along with outdoor options from vast green spaces to shoreside venues—all of which are following safety guidelines as they begin to reopen and be ready for you. For more information, Seattle Southside RTA has created a comprehensive list of open hotels and the amenities offered by each.
Attractions & Recreation: Westfield Southcenter, iFLY Seattle Indoor Skydiving, Waterland Arcade, and Seattle Chocolate are some of the attractions getting the green light to reopen with new safety protocols and social distancing guidelines. Other attractions that have reopened include Des Moines Beach Park, Foster Golf Links, Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, the Museum of Flight, and more.
See the full list of businesses reopened and ready to serve you in Phase 2.
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