Safety First at WSCC
We're open, with restrictions
Updated September 17, 2021
Regarding vaccination or negative test verification: A Health Order issued today by by Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin requires verification of full vaccination status or a negative test to enter indoor entertainment and recreational establishments and events such as live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants, bars and convention centers, as well as outdoor public spaces with more than 500 people. This requirement goes into effect on October 25. Until then, organizers of events held at the Center may require vaccination verification and negative testing. Check with your show organizer for more information.
Customers can provide proof in a variety of ways, such as showing their vaccination card; a photo of their vaccination card on their phone or a photocopy; a printed certificate or QR code from the state's vaccine records; or a vaccine record from a healthcare provider.
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.
Specifics on vaccine requirements, acceptable COVID-19 tests, and details on this health order are available at KingCounty.gov/verify.
Regarding masks: A statewide mask requirement went into effect on August 23. In accordance with the Governor's Emergency Proclamation 20-25 and Order 20-03.4 amendment, every person in Washington must wear a face covering when they are in a place that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household, subject to specific exceptions and exemptions.
Regarding indoor capacity: Effective June 30, all industry sectors previously covered by guidance in the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery or the Safe Start Reopening Plan may return to usual capacity and operations, with limited exceptions for large indoor events (any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants in an indoor, enclosed space). We will reevaluate the restrictions as state guidelines are released.
WSCC staff is available via phone and email to discuss your event needs, and what we will do to maximize safety and maintain compliance 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. As the pandemic continues to evolve, this document should be considered a practical reference of the health and safety guidelines and protocols that may be implemented at WSCC. Please work with your WSCC Event Manager to determine the up-to-date and appropriate requirements for your event. Download the plan 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.
- Visit Seattle: https://visitseattle.org/travel-advisory/
- Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies
- Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: https://www.lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-covid-19-resources
- 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