Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday provided an update on vaccination progress across Washington state. New numbers shared by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs were recently added to state vaccination tracking data. These new numbers show about 66% of Washington residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Several weeks ago, Gov. Inslee committed to fully reopening the state on June 30 or once 70% of Washington residents receive their first vaccine, whichever comes first. These latest numbers and current vaccination rates could put the state on track to reach the 70% threshold before June 30. The governor also provided an update on requirements that will likely be in effect once the state does fully reopen. It is expected that these new updates will include the following:
- Masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated people in public places.
- All other restrictions such as 6-foot social distancing, sanitation, and venue capacity (with one exception for large indoor events) will be lifted.
Large indoor events with more than 10,000 people confined to indoor space will be capped at 75%. Attendees will no longer be required to follow 6-foot distancing, but they will need to continue wearing masks.
Smaller venues can fill to 100% capacity effective immediately if all attendees are fully vaccinated.
With full reopening coming soon, many association members continue to face challenges related to filling open positions and establishing vaccine and mask policies for employees and guests.
Be sure to check out the resources below as they may help you work through these challenges.
- [Toolkit] How to use ESD’s SharedWork program to get your employees back to work
- [Toolkit] Back to work
- [CEO Podcast] Dissecting the workforce shortage
- [Toolkit] Vaccination and mask policies for employers
- [Webinar] Policies regarding masks, vaccines, employees