Trio of Seattle’s largest theater, music venues to require proof of vaccination
A trio of Seattle’s largest theater and music venues will be requiring proof of vaccination for all shows.
The announcement came in last week from the Seattle Theatre Group, with the new policy taking effect on Aug. 12 for the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres.
Showgoers be required to present proof of vaccination at the door, while those “unable to be fully vaccinated, including children under 12, must have proof of a negative COVID test” taken within 72 hours of the performance date. Masks will also be required for all patrons and employees, excepting children ages 2 and under.
Accepted proof of vaccination includes:
- A vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccine, and the date the last dose was administered
- A photo of the vaccination card
- Documentation from a health care provider or state-level immunization records
A matching photo ID will also be required as well.
Several other Seattle music venues have recently enacted similar policies, including Neumos and Barboza on Capitol Hill, SoDo’s Supernova, Fremont’s Nectar Lounge, downtown Seattle’s Kremwerk, and Kraken Bar & Lounge in the University District.
At least 130 local restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and music venues have announced vaccination and/or negative COVID test requirements as well, all citing concerns over a troubling recent rise in COVID-19 cases across King County.
Most of the newest cases in King County are among unvaccinated people, health officer Dr. Jeff Duchin said last week, as are hospitalizations and deaths. From late June to late July, Duchin reported that 88% of COVID hospitalizations were among those who are not fully vaccinated, 87% of deaths were among the unvaccinated, and 75% of all cases.
During that same time period, compared to vaccinated residents, Duchin said those who are not fully vaccinated are five times more likely to test positive for COVID, 11 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from COVID-related illnesses.