TL;DR – May 26, 2021: Gov. Jay Inslee approved an update to the guidance documents for spectator events. The changes are effective immediately.

Washington State COVID-19 Status Report: May 26, 2021

Inslee announces update to spectator event guidance

Gov. Jay Inslee today approved an update to the guidance documents for spectator events to help bring these events in line with other occupancy restrictions in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan. The changes are effective immediately.

Under the new spectator events guidance:

  • The occupancy percentage for outdoor venues is increased from 25% to 50%, the cap of 9,000 spectators will remain in place.
  • The requirement for a separate entrance/exit for vaccinated spectators is removed.

As a reminder of our current guidance, spectator events includes stadiums, motorsports racetracks, rodeos, and similar venues with ticketed individual designated seating capability. Each facility must have a plan for handling congestion to reduce crowding at entrance and exits, parking facilities, stairs and elevators, and any areas where lines form. In unvaccinated sections, tickets may be sold in groups of up to 15. No social distancing is required for members of the same group. Each group of up to 15 spectators must be 6 feet away from other groups unless they’re seated in a vaccinated only section.

Read the full spectator guidance here.

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

On March 11, 2021, Governor Inslee announced the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process.

The full Healthy Washington phased chart is available here.

Important Reference Documents

Healthy Washington Requirements

The following business activities must adhere to the occupancy and operation requirements outlined for their region’s Healthy Washington phase:

Spectator Events

Religious and Faith-Based Organizations

Professional Services

Personal Services

Eating and Drinking Establishments

Weddings, Funerals and Events

Sports, Recreation and Fitness

Indoor Entertainment Establishments

Outdoor Entertainment Establishments​

All employers must follow COVID-19 prevention protocols for employees as required by the Department of Labor and Industries. Industry-specific workplace requirements are listed below:

Additional Industry Requirements​

For additional industry-specific safety practices, including those for Farm and Agricultural Workers, Food Workers and Establishments, schools, healthcare providers, and others, please visit the Department of Health’s Resources and Recommendations Page.

Brynn Brady, Ceiba Consulting | Martin Flynn Public Affairs, Inc. | 253.686.3387