King County’s vaccine requirement begins Monday

King County’s vaccine requirement to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments is now in effect. 

Patrons 12 years old and up must show proof that they are fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry. 

This applies to restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters and other entertainment venues.

 The mandate also applies to outdoor events with more than 500 people in attendance. 

The county’s order includes exceptions for take-out orders, outdoor dining, and grocery stores. Small restaurants, defined as those with seating capacity for fewer than 12 people, will phase into the mandate on Dec. 6.

Customers can use their vaccine cards or a photo of a vaccine card, documentation from a medical record or vaccine provider, or a printed certificate from to enter establishments already requiring vaccine proof.

This is a temporary order and the county will look at it again in 6 months to see if it will continue this order. 


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