King County to end vaccine verification requirement for restaurants, bars on March 1

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Craig Ruttle
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SEATTLE – King County announced Wednesday that it is ending its vaccine verification requirement for restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and other indoor entertainment venues on March 1 as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the decline.

Mayor Bruce Harrell and County Executive Dow Constantine gave the update during a press conference Wednesday.

Businesses are allowed to set their own rules when it comes to checking proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.

“We announced the vaccination verification policy in anticipation of a fall and winter surge in cases. The intent was to reduce COVID-19 transmission in high-risk indoor settings and thereby reduce the burden on our hospitals, while providing time for more people to get fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Following the record-breaking Omicron surge, we’re have seen a steady reduction in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and hospital capacity is improving.”

King County’s vaccination verification policy went into effect in October 2021. The policy required full vaccination or a recent negative test to enter indoor entertainment, indoor restaurants and bars, and outdoor events with 500 people or more.

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