COVID-19 Updates and Resources from the RTA

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. 

As our elected leaders and public health officials aggressively work to contain infections, the RTA continues to work as an advisor to travelers and an advocate for regional businesses and the travel industry. We’ve heard from many of our partners and understand the challenges your business is facing, as well as your need to appropriately advise your customers and clients.



King County Vaccination Mandate

For Indoor Activities and Large Outdoor Events

Beginning October 25, 2021 people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County, including:

  • 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.

This requirement will help to protect customers and workers, protect our health care system (read a statement of support from the healthcare community), and prevent business closures as the Delta variant continues to spread in King County. You can read this Public Health Insider blog post for more information, and view the Local Health Order.

To find COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit

Current mask guidance remains in effect. For more information, visit

One of the following is required when entering one of the above establishments:

King County proof of vaccination examples for card or photo of card




King County proof of vaccination examples mobile app, negative test



How to Comply with the Vaccine Mandate as a Meeting Venue or Hotel

As a meeting venue or hotel, you will be facing requirements to comply with the vaccine requirement. In this webinar recording, presenters from King County discuss the details of the requirement, who is responsible for verifying compliance, and answer your questions for how your restaurant, meeting space, and business can be in compliance.




Vaccination Implementation Toolkit

Seattle & King County Public Health has developed a comprehensive Implementation Toolkit to help you 1) understand if your business is required to comply with the vaccine mandate, 2) train employees on how to verify proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, and 3) how to communicate with your customers.


Business Signage

King County requests that your business post signage alerting customers to the vaccine requirement if your business is affected by the policy. Signs in various languages and sizes are available at


Still Have Questions?

Visit the KC Vax Verified website (created by Southside Chamber, Seattle & King County Public Health and other local organizations) to assist with all your questions about dealing with the upcoming mandate--including webinars, additional signage options, and other helpful resources.



Additional Traveler & Business Restrictions

See this visitor advisory page to learn more additional restrictions and requirements for travel.


Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers

PDF Cover graphic for Travel in the New NormalThe U.S. Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.6 trillion in economic output and supports 15.8 million American jobs, was developed in close collaboration with health and medical professionals, and with organizations throughout the broader travel industry: hotels/resorts, airports, airlines, attractions, restaurants, rental cars, meeting venues, event producers, travel advisors and others. It also builds upon and aligns with the White House and CDC guidelines for "Opening Up America Again."

We will modify the guidance as the public health issue evolves and we will continue to work with medical and health professionals, government officials and travel leaders across the industry to prioritize the health and safety of travelers and travel employees.






MORE Resources for Businesses

The state is working with federal and local partners to mitigate these impacts as much as possible. A list of resources for businesses and workers who have been impacted can be found here on the Governor's website.

Health Recommendations

Back to Work Guidelines & Toolkits

Back to Work for the Restaurant Industry

Back to Work for the Hospitality Industry

Back to Work for Retail Businesses

Guidelines for the Recreation

Additional Resources for Businesses:


These resources will be continuously updated. And if you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us at

Stay tuned for the official details, which will be posted on the King County Public Health site. The RTA will continue to work in collaboration with these authorities for any implementations of this layered approach to mitigation.