Safety First at WSCC
We're open, with restrictions
Updated February 5, 2020
King County, in which WSCC is located, is currently in Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s two-phase system, “Healthy Washington”, to reopen the economy. 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 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.
As a miscellaneous venue in Phase 2, WSCC is permitted to host in-person business meetings, professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely, and all court and judicial branch-related proceedings. The occupancy in each room/area is limited to 25 percent capacity or 200 people, whichever if fewer (excluding staff). In addition, indoor retail events are limited to 25 percent capacity, up to 200 people (excluding staff), whichever is fewer. Outdoor capacity is capped at 200 people. For very large venues over 100,000 sq.ft. in size, the capacity is capped at 300 people (excluding staff).
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