Reopening Resources

The Alliance for Pioneer Square has introduced this feature to help provide businesses guidance and resources for best practices as they prepare to reopen.

Reopening Resources

  • Due to a decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and nearly 80% of all King County residents fully vaccinated, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced that the local health order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for entry into restaurants and bars, indoor recreational events and establishments, or outdoor events would end. As of Tuesday March 1st, the vaccination verification policy is no longer in effect.

While businesses and organizations will no longer be required to check for proof of customers vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, they may continue to implement their own vaccination verification rules for their establishments. For businesses, the following steps will be important to help protect against both current and future COVID-19 surges:

  • Improve indoor air quality through ventilation and/or use of HEPA filtration
  • Support vaccination for employees (Vaccination and getting boosters when eligible are still the most important tools available to prevent severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection. Find a test at a testing location near you.
  • Encourage employees to stay home when sick (Employees must isolate away from others if ill, quarantine away from others if not up-to-date on vaccinations and are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and get tested when possible if experiencing symptoms or are exposed.)

Starting March 12, masks will no longer be required in many indoor public spaces. Private businesses, organizations, schools and childcares may still choose to implement their own mask requirements. Please respect people’s choices to continue to wear a mask. For updates and the most up-to-date guidance on masks, please refer to the King County Masking guidance website.

Below are key messages and resources on the state’s reopening, based on information from Washington Departments of Health and Labor & Industries.

Safe Reopening Webpage

Reopening Information from the Washington Department of Health and Washington Department of Labor & Industries , with additional details for King County.

General reopening flyer
This outlines what to expect with Washington’s reopening for individuals, businesses, and large events. Available in: Amharic, Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. These will be available on the in-language COVID-19 resources pages.

Reopening FAQs
These frequently asked questions address some of the anticipated questions related to reopening from both individuals and business owners/organization leaders. Available in: Amharic, Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Dari, English, Farsi, Hindi, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. These will be available on the in-language COVID-19 resources pages.

Other helpful resources:

L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19

DOH FAQs on Reopening

DOH Masks and Face Coverings FAQ