Starting in October, proof of vaccination or negative test will be required in King County to participate in most indoor and outdoor activities and establishments

After conducting a week’s worth of outreach with business and community organizations, King County’s Public Health Officer issued a Health Order requiring verification of full vaccination or a negative test to enter certain indoor and outdoor activities and establishments.

The Health Order will be effective October 25 and will apply to:

  • Indoor entertainment and recreational events or establishments
    • professional and collegiate sports
    • entertainment
    • performing arts
    • museums
    • theatre
    • live music
    • gyms
    • conferences/conventions
  • Restaurants and bars (including indoor dining)
    • does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren't primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores
  • Outdoor events with 500 people or more – such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events

The order gives the option for a longer preparation period for smaller restaurants and bars with a seating capacity of 12 or less, with an implementation date of December 6. The entire order is not expected to be permanent. It will be reviewed no later than six months after the October 25th implementation date to assess its continued need based on future outbreak conditions.

For people who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccine status, they will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, or a negative rapid test result from a testing provider conducted on site at an event or establishment just prior to entry. Individuals under 12 years of age, who are not eligible to be vaccinated, are not required to be tested for entry.

Establishments will be responsible for checking vaccination proof or negative test status.

Public Health, King County, and City of Seattle will be working with partners to provide technical support and educational materials to businesses and organizations implementing the order.

Several forms of vaccination proof will be permitted under the order. Click here for more from King County. No personal identification with proof of vaccination will be required.

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