As of Friday, June 19th, King County has entered into Phase 2 per the State of Washington Memorandum. So what does that mean for the events industry? In a nutshell, here’s what to expect:
1. Weddings are back on!
Non-secular ceremonies and receptions will now be permitted in King County, but only if they are held in the same building or outside on a private property. In other words, you can get married and have a reception, but you will need to use the same venue for both. (We can recommend some good ones!)
Before we get too carried away with excitement, it’s important to understand that this new guidance comes with its own set of rules and precautions. Such as…
2. Occupancy is limited.
In Phase 2, the guest count can be 25% of coded maximum occupancy OR 200, whichever is lower. While this is encouraging news, it brings us to our third point:
3. Social distancing is still required.
Not only will guest seating be heavily monitored to ensure proper physical distancing, but staff will need to make adjustments in order to maintain the safety of everyone at the event. This includes:
- Proper physical distancing of guests
- Signs and floor markings
- Increased cleaning and disinfection
- Written COVID-19 safety plans in place
We at Foodz would like to emphasize that we are not government officials and therefore don’t have all the answers. For all the most recent updates and guidelines, you can visit the official King County safe start guidelines page to ensure that your team is being safe.
Can’t wait to start planning your safe events with you! Remember to educate yourselves and stay safe.