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Current COVID-19 guidance in King County
November 23, 2021 update: Boosters for ages 18 and older
Anyone age 18 and older can now get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine if enough time has passed since their initial vaccination:
  • 6 months since second dose of Pfizer or Moderna
  • 2 months since one dose of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)
Public Health’s vaccination sites at Auburn, Kent, Bellevue Eastgate, and Downtown Seattle are using a waitlist for all booster appointments. Register for the waitlist at yourcovidvaccine.kingcounty.gov​, or visit the Getting vaccinated in King County page for additional vaccine locations.
Learn about requirements to show proof of vaccination in King County on our Vaccination verification page and learn about the latest mask requirements in King County on our Masking guidance page.
When should I wear a mask?
Where you are required to wear a mask (ages 5+) and keep physical distancing:
LocationFully vaccinatedNot fully vaccinated
Open outdoor public places (At least 6 feet distance from others)  
Crowded outdoor public places (*When 6 feet distance can't be maintained. Outdoor events, busy streets, or trails)Recommended**
Large outdoor events (500 people or more)
Indoor public places
All doctor's offices, hospitals, long-term care, testing/vaccination sites, correctional facilities, homeless service sites, schools and childcare, or on public transportation
What this means
For businesses, non-profits, and other organizations
If two or more staff members develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period, Washington State requires businesses, non-profits, and other organizations to self-report this information to Public Health:
Report COVID-19 cases to Public Health
Guidance to protect staff and visitors from COVID‑19
All businesses, non-profits, restaurants, religious organizations, and other organizations can support a safe re-opening. Follow Washington state guidance to protect your staff and visitors, with proper indoor air ventilation, vaccination efforts, and mask guidelines. All businesses and organizations are required to post signs explaining their mask policy.
All unvaccinated staff and visitors are required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, with reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities, as described in the State Health Order on Face Coverings. Any organization may choose to require all staff and visitors to wear masks.
If a person is required to wear a face covering under Washington state guidance, a business must require the person to wear a mask and prohibit entry if they decline. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.
Available resources for small and midsize employers
The Small Business Flex Fund offers loans up to $150,000 for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses, non-profits, and organizations with fewer than 500 employees can claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.
Culturally and linguistically relevant help is available in-language for small businesses and nonprofits looking to find and apply for resources, access translation assistance, plan for recovery and safe re-opening, and more.
For you
COVID-19 is still present in our communities. The best protection is to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It's free, safe and effective. Visit our website for community vaccination sites (updated frequently): www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine
Whether or not you are vaccinated, please wear masks in indoor public settings like grocery, retail, theaters and entertainment establishments, at large outdoor events with 500 or more people, and in crowded outdoor settings where people cannot remain at least 6 feet apart. Not everyone has been vaccinated yet, including more than 300,000 children and some people with medical conditions, so everyone should continue to follow King County guidelines, state masking guidelines, and CDC travel guidelines.
Not following the masking order may result in a misdemeanor subjecting the violator to a fine of up to $100 and/or up to 90 days in county jail. Local law enforcement agencies generally have primary enforcement jurisdiction in their localities.
Customers who are concerned that a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order can submit an anonymous complaint using this online complaint form.
For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.
For large events (500+ participants)
As of September 13 in Washington state, masks are required for everyone at outdoor events with 500 or more people, regardless of vaccination status.
As of October 25 in King County, proof of vaccination is required for everyone ages 12+ at outdoor events of 500 or more people, indoor recreational events or establishments, restaurants, and bars. There are no capacity limitations or physical distancing requirements for outdoor events.
Going forward
King County and Washington state will continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccination and infection rates, as well as review and reevaluate guidelines and restrictions. If cases rise significantly and create a public health concern, reopening plans may be updated as necessary.
Materials
Infographic detailing King County Local Health Order on masks for outdoor events:
Frequently asked questions
1. Which restrictions lift on June 30?
2. Can we continue to require masks for people who enter our business or organization?
3. What other steps can I take to keep my business or workplace safe for everyone?
4. Can I require customers or employees show proof of vaccination?
5. Do any restrictions apply to large events like concerts and sports events?
6. What sanitizing guidelines should businesses and organizations continue implementing?
Do you have a question that's not listed here?
For answers to additional questions, please see the Washington State Department of Health FAQ on re-opening and FAQ on face coverings.
Additional resources
Mask guidance for Businesses:
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