‘Vaccinated’ sections will allow for more spectators at events, religious services in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — While a slew of counties are expected to move back to Phase 2, Gov. Inslee announced new changes allowing spectator events and religious services to gather up to 50% capacity—as long as many of the attendees are vaccinated.

Outdoor facilities will be able to add vaccinated sections until their total capacity, vaccinated or otherwise, reaches 50% or 22,000 people—whichever is fewer. These facilities cannot exceed 9,000 unvaccinated people.

Indoor facilities may do the same, up to 50% capacity or 2,000 people, whichever is fewer. These venues cannot exceed 200 unvaccinated people, or 300 unvaccinated people in rooms larger than 100,000 square feet.

Indoor unvaccinated spectators cannot exceed 400 people, or 600 people in rooms larger than 100,000 square feet in counties under Phase 3.

Religious organizations will vaccinated sections will be able to increase their capacity to 50%.

For these vaccinated sections, attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination—including a vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card as a separate document or stored on their phone, or vaccine documentation from a healthcare provider or state immunization program. Masks will still need to be worn, but vaccinated spectators will not have to physically distance from each other. Instead, their vaccinated section will be distanced six feet from other unvaccinated attendees.

You find more information on the spectator guidance here, and the religious service guidance here.

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