Washington’s most populous county will no longer require COVID vaccination checks to enter restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms starting March 1.
King County officials made the announcement Wednesday. The Seattle Times reports starting March 1 that businesses will be free to impose their own vaccination requirements if they choose, but there will be no countywide requirements.
Since last fall, indoor restaurants and cultural and recreational spaces have been required to verify their customers’ vaccination status or a negative COVID test, as a condition of entry.
The policy also applies to outdoor events with more than 500 people, such as concerts and sporting events.
“Our public health experts believe the time is right to lift vaccine verification, based on high rates of vaccine coverage and declining new cases and hospitalizations across the county,” the director of the county said Wednesday. King’s County, Dow Constantine.
Constantine and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell also announced that they would begin, gradually, recalling the office of the thousands of county and city employees who have been working remotely for nearly two years. King County has about 7,000 employees working remotely and Seattle has about 5,000.