Safety First at WSCC
We're open, with restrictions
Updated March 29, 2021
King County, in which WSCC is located, is moving to Phase 3 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington economic reopening system as of March 22, 2021. This system is based on four metrics that reflect the capacity of our state’s regional medical systems as well as our growing body of knowledge about the coronavirus. Controlling COVID-19 is the necessary first step in full economic recovery, and we appreciate science-based approaches to reopening.
The updated Miscellaneous Venues Phase 3 guidance offers these important changes:
- In-person business meetings (including recovery groups), professional training and testing, as well as all court and judicial branch-related proceedings, are allowed. Occupancy in each room/area is limited to 50 percent capacity or 400 people, whichever is fewer (excludes staff).
- For venues like WSCC which are over 100,000 square feet in size, the capacity is capped at 600 people (includes exhibitors, excludes staff). Groups of up to ten people may be seated together for food functions and there must be six feet of physical distance between groups/tables.
WSCC staff is available via phone and email to discuss your event needs, and what we will do to maximize safety at our facility. Staff contact information can be found on our website’s Contact Us page.
Safety First Plan
With our valued guests in mind, we are working to further ensure clean and safe gatherings for all. The WSCC Safety First Plan outlines the guidelines and protocols to be followed by all who enter the doors of WSCC. It will be refined and updated as CDC, governmental and industry best practices evolve. Download the most current plan, dated March 31, here.
GBAC STAR™ Accreditation
On March 1, 2021, WSCC achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, GBAC STAR™ provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations. For more information on the GBAC STAR facility accreditation program, visit the Global Biorisk Advisory Council website here.
WSCC recommends the public stay informed on COVID-19. Resources include:
- Visit Seattle: https://visitseattle.org/travel-advisory/
- Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies
- Public Health – Seattle & King County: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control Event Planning Q & A: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Centers for Disease Control Considerations for Events and Gatherings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html