Seattle area to require COVID-19 vaccine to enter indoor sites
Customers at restaurants, gyms and other indoor venues in the Seattle area will soon be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination under a new county health order released Thursday.
Order, which comes into effect on October 25, requires indoor restaurants and bars that can seat at least 12 people to require all guests aged 12 and older to provide proof of vaccination prior to entry.
The requirements also apply to indoor entertainment and recreation venues, including cinemas, museums, and sports arenas from King County to Seattle.
County health officer Jeff Duchin also noted in the order that starting October 25, outdoor sites of 500 or more people must require participants to provide proof of vaccination, restaurants and bars with a capacity of less than 12 places being required to issue a vaccination warrant. in place from December 6.
Duchin noted that instead of an immunization card, customers and clients can also present documentation of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours, or a negative rapid test “administered by a test supplier. on site at the event site “.
The order defines “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 as 14 days after an individual’s final dose of a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Duchin said the ordinance will remain in effect for at least six months, adding: “I strongly recommend that employers and event organizers require the vaccination of workers and volunteers at events and establishments covered by this ordinance. ”
The warrant is similar to those recently issued by cities such as New York and San Francisco for indoor events and activities, as local governments aim to boost economic activity while encouraging more vaccinations amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
According to data from the country’s health ministry, nearly 74 percent of the region’s total population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 68 percent are fully vaccinated.
In an effort to increase immunization rates, the Washington state government has implemented immunization requirements for state employees, school workers, and healthcare workers.
Under the government of Washington. Jay insleeJay Robert Inslee Washington State Soldiers, firefighters sue for vaccination warrant Washington State enacts mask warrant for large outdoor events Seattle arena requires fans to be vaccinated, wear masks for Kraken PLUS games(D), all state employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18 or risk being barred from work.
The measure prompted the backsliding of some public employees, dozens of whom filed a lawsuit against Inslee last week, arguing the tenure was an abuse of power and violated the state’s constitution.