With the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant persisting in Washington, governor Jay Inslee announced yesterday that the state’s indoor mask mandate would be extended to large outdoor gatherings. "Large" is relative; most events won't meet the standard of 500 or more people, the same number King County recently used in its outdoor masking policy. But it will definitely apply to many local sporting events, where crowds can number in the tens of thousands.
So, Seattle's major sports squads will all require masking at their games. But what about proof of vaccination? Local teams have recently changed their policies as the county prepares vaccine verification requirements for some non-essential businesses.
Kraken (Climate Pledge Arena)
Seattle's newest pro team released the strictest Covid requirements for entry when the puck drops on October 23: Only fully vaccinated fans will be allowed to attend any games (or other events in the arena). There are exceptions. Kids under 12 are ineligible for vaccination and don't need to show proof of a negative test to get in. Some unvaccinated people, with authorized medical or religious exemptions from vaccination, will be able to attend, but only if they can produce a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the game.
Mariners (T-Mobile Park)
The club is not requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter until playoff time. The Mariners would then mandate it for fans 12 or older.
OL Reign (Cheney Stadium)
Also the home of the Tacoma Rainiers and Tacoma Defiance, Cheney Stadium is hosting vaccination clinics at all Rainiers games, but it doesn't have a vaccination or negative test requirement.
Seahawks (Lumen Field)
Starting with the home opener on September 19, fans who are 12 or older will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of kickoff.
Sounders (Lumen Field)
Beginning on October 3, fans who are 12 or older will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of match time.
Storm (Angel of the Winds Arena)
As Breanna Stewart and company embark on another postseason in Everett, their fans will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of game time. The arena will open to 100 percent capacity with these new policies; children under 12 will be exempt from showing the negative test.
University of Washington Huskies (Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, etc.)
Starting September 25, the Huskies will require fans 12-and-up to be fully vaccinated or show a negative test within 72 hours of a game's start time. At the football team's game on September 18, people can visit one of several sites around Husky Stadium to receive vaccine verification pre-approval for the rest of the season.