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Requirements for weddings, funerals and business events

Apr 14, 2021 | Entertainment Reopening Guide, Hotel COVID-19 Operations Guide, Reopening 2021, Restaurant Reopening Guide

Counties are no longer all in the same phase of the Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery plan. If your business relies on weddings, funerals and other business events, here’s what you need to know:

Phase 2

For indoor weddings, funerals, wakes and events:

  • Maximum capacity of 200 or 25% capacity, not including vendors, whichever is fewer
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing
  • Eating and drinking requirements apply

For outdoor weddings, funerals wakes and events:

  • Maximum capacity of 200, not including vendors
  • Maintain six feet of physical distancing
  • Groups of 15 maximum, limit two households per group
  • Eating and drinking requirements apply

Phase 3

  • Indoor maximum capacity is 400 or 50% capacity (not including vendors), whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing is maintained between groups.
  • Outdoor maximum capacity is 400 (not including vendors), so long as six feet of physical distancing is maintained between groups.
  • Indoor maximum table size is 10.
  • Outdoor maximum group size is 15.
  • Dancing is strictly limited at all events to 10 on the dance floor at one time for indoor events and 15 for outdoor events. (The maximum number corresponds to the maximum table or group size for Phase 3.) Dancers must all wear masks and remain at least six feet away from any other person. Exceptions apply to the wedding couple.

Read the complete guidance for weddings, funerals and events here.

With regard to meeting space at lodging properties, the miscellaneous venues guidance notes that a business-specific guidance (retail, personal services, religious services, for example) governs the business activity at the venue. The occupancy limits of the specific activity also govern. Find a list of business-specific guidelines here.

In-person business meetings are governed by the miscellaneous venues guidance, which established the maximum capacity of a room during Phase 3 is 50% capacity or 400 people, whichever is less. The guidance includes recommendations for pre-registration, scheduling, on-site payments, etc. Learn more here.

Other important things to note:

  • If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply. Learn more here.
  • If there is music, live entertainment, emcees, DJs and/or AV equipment, venues and vendors must follow the Live Entertainment Guidance here.
  • Properties, when hosting events, must follow restroom requirements for Eating and Drinking Establishments outlined here.
  • The property and the host must have implemented a plan to ensure proper physical distancing in lobby/waiting areas. Hand sanitizer should be available at entry for all staff and attendees.
  • Masks are required before, during and after events of all types. Wedding couples are exempted from the face covering requirement during the ceremony so long as they maintain six feet of physical distance from all other persons. If the speaker needs an accommodation because of a medical exemption, then a Plexiglas 3-sided barrier may be used during a wedding service or funeral. The barrier must be disinfected after every use. DOH mask information is available here. An L&I mask FAQ is available here.
  • Properties and all vendors working at a wedding service, funeral or event must also provide a safe and healthy work environment in accordance with state and federal law. Properties and vendors are also required to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan.
  • All vendors and the venue must inform employees, and the host must inform all guests, that they must self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at the location. Learn more here.
  • The venue and each vendor must designate a location-specific COVID-19 supervisor to monitor the health of their employees and enforce each vendor and the venue’s COVID-19 safety plan. At least one COVID-19 Supervisor from each vendor and the venue is required to be onsite throughout the wedding service or funeral.
  • Managers and vendors need to follow health and safety requirements related to staff, cleaning and other topics. Please review the Health and Safety section of the Weddings, Funerals and Events guidance in its entirety here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Weddings, Funerals, and Events COVID-19 Requirements

Eating and Drinking Establishment COVID-19 Requirements

Miscellaneous Venue COVID-19 Requirements

Theater & Performing Arts COVID-19 Requirements (applies to live music and entertainment)

DOH Cloth Face Coverings Regulations and Resources

L&I Covid-19 Common Questions Regarding Workers Face Covering and Mask Requirement