New Public Health Order: Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test

Last week, our public health department took a major step forward in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting October 25, people attending recreational activities in most indoor spaces will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

The new policy applies to:

  • Outdoor events with 500 or more people (beginning Oct. 25, 2021)

  • Indoor recreational activities, such as performances, movie theaters, conferences, gyms (beginning Oct. 25, 2021)

  • Indoors at bars and restaurants (outdoor dining, grocery stores, and take-out are exempt, and this policy begins Dec. 6, 2021)

Again, anyone age 12 and older entering one of these spaces will be required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from the last 72 hours. For more details regarding these requirements, how to meet them, and who is exempt, please review the order itself here.

For a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding these new vaccine verification rules, please take a look at the FAQ document I’ve link here.


We all need to do our part to make sure we keep ourselves and our communities safe. Please get vaccinated and encourage your friends and family to do so. We need to mask up at indoor public places. As a reminder, you can always find your nearest vaccination site at our King County Public Health website or Washington State’s COVID Vaccine Finder. Please remember the vaccine is free and no appointments are necessary.