Safety First at WSCC
We're open, with restrictions
On January 5, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee released an updated roadmap to reopening our state’s economy, taking effect Monday, January 11. This two-phase system, “Healthy Washington”, 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 novel coronavirus. For more information about this new approach to recovery, please see this post from the Governor’s office.
WSCC is classified as a miscellaneous venue, which includes convention/conference centers, designated meeting spaces in hotels, events centers and other similar venues as part of Washington's reopening plan.
Since mid-September, miscellaneous venues have been permitted to hold professional training and testing that cannot be conducted remotely at 25% indoor capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, religious services at 25% indoor capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, and court and judicial proceedings. Our expectation is that these restrictions will be loosened and/or lifted as we move forward through the phases.
Controlling COVID-19 is the necessary first step in full economic recovery, and we appreciate science-based approaches to reopening.
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 Overview
With our valued guests in mind, we are working to further ensure clean and safe gatherings for all. The WSCC Safety First Overview outlines the guidelines, precautionary measures, and requirements 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 Overview, dated October 2, 2020, here.
GBAC STAR™ Accreditation
On July 7 WSCC announced its commitment to achieve 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. Read the full media release 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