New Vaccination Requirement
Beginning October 25, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County.
Locations requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test
- Restaurants and Bars: Includes indoor dining. Does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places not primarily used as indoor dining locations, (ex. grocery stores). 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.
- Indoor recreational events or establishments: Such as professional and collegiate sports, performing arts and live music venues, movie theaters, gyms, conferences, and conventions
- Outdoor events: with 500 people or more
Such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events.
Direct immediate questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastside Vaccination Sites
- King County Vaccination Partnership Redmond Pre-registration required. Located at Microsoft Bldg. 33
If you need language interpretation or online help, the following hotlines are available. State your preferred language when connected:
- WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press #), 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday), 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday)
- King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
For telephone-to-text relay service, dial: 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. For tactile interpretation, contact: http://seattledbsc.org/
Additional Sites in King County
- Complete this form to be notified of City of Seattle vaccination appointment opportunities (open to all King County residents age 16+)
- In-home vaccinations through Public Health Seattle & King County are available for individuals in King County unable to leave their homes
- Vaccine Locator (Washington State Department of Health)
When Should I Wear A Mask?
- Face masks are required at any outdoor event with 500 or more people in attendance. This requirement applies to all vaccinated and unvaccinated people, 5 years of age and older.
- Masks are strongly recommended for everyone 5 years of age and older – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – in any other outdoor setting where people cannot remain at least 6 feet apart from non-household members.
- Open outdoor public places (at least 6 feet distance from others) – masks not required
Indoor public places
- King County requires that everyone ages 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings like grocery, retail, theaters, and entertainment establishments
Masks continue to be required at all doctor’s offices, hospitals, long-term care, testing/vaccination sites, correctional facilities, homeless service sites, schools and childcare, or on public transportation.
Safe Reopening Toolkits
Safe Reopening webpage
This web page describes what Public Health Seattle & King County knows from Washington Department of Health and Labor & Industries about reopening, with additional King County details. www.kingcounty.gov/safereopen
General Reopening Flyer
Also available on in-language COVID-19 resources pages. https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/kc-reopening-EN.ashx?la=en
Frequently asked questions that address common questions related to reopening from individuals and businesses. https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/kc-reopening-FAQ-EN.ashx?la=en
Flyer for protecting children under 12
With reopening and the expiration of the local mask directive, people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks in many settings. Masks are still important to protect children. Available on our Youth Vaccination page.
Social media toolkit
Public Health has created two social media posts for you to use and share with partners, sized for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We have uploaded this to OneEastside’s toolkit page here.
Human Resources (HR) Toolkits
Return to Work Employee Survey (sample)
Improving Ventilation and Reopening Toolkits
- Guidance on Improving Indoor Air Quality for building operators and business owners (as of May 2, 2021) (Public Health Seattle & King County)
- Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure (as of January 6, 2021) (ASHARE)
- Construction Toolkit (Master Builders Association) – Requirements to Safely Restart all construction activity
- Resource Guide for Employers (Business Health Trust)
- Public Health Toolkit
- Black Community Toolkit
- Hispanic Community Toolkit
- Black Faith Toolkit
- Hispanic Faith Community Toolkit
- Corporation/Employer Toolkit
- Vaccination Toolkits from the CDC for educating communities on the importance of COVID-19 vaccines (PDF)
COVID-19 Vaccines Toolkit for Businesses and Employers (Washington State)
This toolkit is for employers interested in helping their staff get vaccinated against COVID-19, and contains tips and suggestions for hosting a clinic through local partner organizations, or encouraging vaccination offsite in the community.
COVID-19 Community Vaccination Event Planning workbooks (King County)
These workbooks aim to assist your organization with planning a Community Vaccination Event at a large, indoor space where people can walk up and get vaccinated. There are two versions—one focused on employers and businesses and one focused on community-based organizations and faith-based organizations.
- Workbook for businesses and large employers (PDF)
- Workbook for community-based and faith-based organizations(PDF)
Healthy Washington Reopening Plan
On May 13, 2021, Governor Inslee announced that the state will reopen on June 30 (or earlier if 70% or more of Washingtonians over age 16 get their first vaccine dose). Read the article here.
These COVID mitigation measures will remain in place after the state’s economy fully reopens.
- Industries may return to usual operations at that time – with one caveat: the current applicable masking guidance will still be required.
- There will be capacity restrictions for large indoor event venues, and there will be certain COVID mitigation measures going on in schools and universities.
- Indoor venues that can accommodate 10,000 or more people will be restricted to 75% capacity after the state lifts most COVID restrictions. The guidance will not require physical distancing, but attendees must follow the current masking requirements. The governor said the state will reevaluate this restriction at the end of July.
What is Healthy Washington?
Healthy Washington is the phased reopening plan for Washington state. The plan took effect on January 11, 2021. On March 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the plan will transition from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process.
How do I know which phase I am in?
King County entered Phase 3 on March 22, 2021.
When can a county move to another phase?
Certain metrics and thresholds help determine if it is safe for a county to enter into a new phase of reopening. Counties will be individually evaluated every three weeks. For a overview of the metrics used for measuring a county’s progress, visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/roadmap-recovery-metrics.