Inslee announces vaccinated sections at spectator events, religious facilities

Gov. Jay Inslee this week approved an update to the guidance documents for spectator events and religious and faith based organizations that allows facilities to increase capacity by adding sections for vaccinated attendees.

The change, which went into effect on Monday, May 3, outlines the guidelines for vaccinated sections at sporting events, graduations, religious services and other similar activities.

Under the new spectator events guidance:

  • Outdoor facilities may add vaccinated sections until their total capacity is 50 percent maximum or 22,000 people, whichever is lower, inclusive of both vaccinated and unvaccinated sections. Outdoor unvaccinated spectators cannot exceed 9,000 people.
  • Indoor facilities may add vaccinated sections until their total capacity is 50 percent maximum, or maximum 2,000 people, whichever is lower, inclusive of both vaccinated and unvaccinated sections. Indoor unvaccinated spectators in Phase 2 cannot exceed 200 people, or 300 for roomsgreater than 100,000 square feet of space — and indoor unvaccinated spectators in Phase 3 cannot exceed 400 people, or 600 for rooms greater than 100,000 square feet of space.

Under the new religious and faith based organization guidance:

  • Religious and faith based organizations with vaccinated-only sections are allowed to increase overall facility capacity to 50 percent in Phase 2.

The following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination: Vaccination card, which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered; or a photo of a vaccination card as a separate document; or a photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device; or documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record. Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted.