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
Updated January 5, 2021
“Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” is Washington State's COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Beginning on January 11, 2021, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.
Washington has avoided overwhelming the state’s health care systems throughout this pandemic so far through rigorous safety measures, such as physical distancing and masking, as well as social and economic restrictions. This new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, ensuring care for Washingtonians that need it and paving the way for economic recovery.
Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.
What’s Open & What’s Happening?
Updated December 30, 2020
Current state 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.
Restaurants & Retail
All outdoor dining activities may operate subject to a five-person limit per table with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance. Indoor dining services are temporarily banned. 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 25% 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.
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.
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