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COVID-19 Guidance to Special Events Organizers, Industry, and Community

Special Event Organizers, Industry, and Community:

The City of Seattle remains in close coordination with
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State
Department of Health (DOH), and Public Health – Seattle & King County
(PHSKC), and is following the guidance of these agencies, which are leading on
the COVID-19 response. PHSKC issued new guidance on how to protect yourselves and your
neighbors, colleagues, families and friends and help us limit the spread of
COVID-19. While this is time of anxiety for many people, Public Health believes
that Seattle can take steps now to slow the spread of this virus in our
community.

This is a quickly evolving situation; please follow public
health
for the most up to date information.

The
Special Events Office is accepting and processing Special Event Permit
applications as normal, and no event cancellations have been mandated by
Public Health.
Currently Public Health is recommending postponing public
events
when possible. Also, Public Health recommends that residents who are
at higher risk stay home and away from large groups of people as much as
possible and avoid public places with lots of people and large gatherings where
there will be close contact with others. This includes concert venues,
conventions, sporting events, and crowded social gatherings.

People who
are considered high-risk include:  

  • 60 years of age and over
  • Underlying health conditions including include
    heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes 
  • Weakened immune systems 
  • Pregnant  

PHSKC will
continue to evaluate the situation day-by-day and keep everyone up to date
about any changes to these recommendations.

During
this critical period in the outbreak, if it’s feasible to avoid bringing large
groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.

If you
can’t avoid bringing groups of people together:

  • Urge anyone who is sick to not attend
  • Encourage those who are at higher risk for
    COVID-19 to not attend
  • Try to find ways to give people more physical
    space so that they aren’t in close contact as much as possible
  • Encourage attendees to maintain good healthy
    habits, such as frequent hand washing
  • Clean surfaces frequently. Standard cleaning
    products are effective against COVID-19

It’s
important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus,
especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. Steps you can take to
prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at
    least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with
    unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close
    contact with others
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue when
    coughing or sneezing
  • If you are traveling overseas, check for the
    latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

All City
facilities, including libraries, Seattle Center, and Seattle Parks and Recreations
(SPR) facilities, are currently open. If a program or facility is closed, we
will notify patrons via web, social media and media.

For
updated facility and scheduling information please check the following
resources:

More
recommendations about how to prevent the spread of illness in the home and in
the community is available from PHSKC here.

As a best
practice to prevent the spread of viruses during this cold and flu season, and
in response to general concerns over Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the
City is increasing custodial cleaning efforts at our facilities, including
libraries, Seattle Center, community centers, and pools.

Coronavirus
doesn’t recognize race, nationality nor ethnicity. Please help combat discrimination and
stigma around coronavirus. Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will
make the situation worse. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry –
does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness.

County
and City events contacts

Your events
point of contact with King County is Kate Becker, Creative Economy Strategist
with King County Executive Office 206-669-4524, [email protected]. Your
events point of contact with City of Seattle is Chris Swenson, Special Events
Committee Chair, 206-733-9245, [email protected].

Please
continue to monitor public health resources and City of Seattle announcements.
You are welcome to contact the Special Events Office at any time if you have
questions or concerns. We at the Special Events Office continue our mission to
support and assist you with your event. We’re here to help.

Chris
Swenson

Seattle
Special Events Committee Chair