On June 30, 2021, Washington state reopened under the governor’s Washington Ready plan. Most businesses and organizations are able to operate as they did prior to the pandemic and are not be required to maintain capacity limits, provided they follow workplace safety requirements from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Learn more
For the most up-to-date, detailed guidance for gatherings and events, see the governor’s COVID-19 Reopening guidance for Businesses and Workers page.
Large Event Restrictions
Per the governor’s proclamation, certain large events must require individuals 12 and older to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from a test conducted within 72 hours of the event. Large events are defined as a ticketed or preregistered gathering of 1,000 or more people indoors or 10,000 or more people outdoors. The order also prohibits individuals 12 and older from attending such events without proof of vaccination or a negative test result.
This requirement went into effect on Nov. 15, 2021.
Getting vaccinated is one of the best things you can do for friends and family this holiday season—especially if you have plans to gather and celebrate. If you have not already been vaccinated, plan to receive your final dose at least two weeks before any gatherings you intend to attend. If you have already received your vaccination, you may be eligible to get a booster dose. Get the details on getting vaccinated and learn more about booster doses.
In addition to getting vaccinated, there are other precautions you can take to make the holidays merry, safe and healthy! See the following for more tips:
- Washington State Coronavirus Response A Guide to Safer Gatherings During COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Activities, Gatherings and Holidays
Food establishment owners and operators should refer to Spokane Regional Health District COVID-19 Food Establishment Guidance for industry specific information.
School & Childcare Related Events
For information pertaining to school-related events or summer camps, please see guidance for schools.