Updates to mask requirements and other COVID-19 restrictions

Starting today, March 1, restrictions on in-person work and In-person meetings will be removed for King County employees, and updated mask requirements and other guidance come into effect:

  • Employees must wear a mask in indoor settings and enclosed spaces that are accessible to the public. This applies to all King County buildings, facilities, and structures that the public can enter, including public lobby and meeting spaces, public indoor recreation spaces, public service counters, and similar spaces open to the public.
  • Masks are not required in areas that are not accessible to the public, because all employees are fully vaccinated or otherwise accommodated as required by county policy.
  • Masks remain required on transit and in congregate settings and health care facilities, including detention facilities and public health clinics.
  • Social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions in buildings, elevators, and other locations have been lifted.
  • The subsidized daily rate is $10 for employee parking at the Goat Hill Parking Garage and King Street Center Garage is now available.

Starting March 12, King County is removing most restrictions in alignment with updated State of Washington guidance:

  • Masks will be optional in all settings, including public facing spaces, except on transit and in congregate settings and health care facilities, including detention facilities and public health clinics, where masks will continue to be required.
  • We support anyone who wants to continue to wear a mask.

Thanks to our vaccine mandate and the success of the booster program, and other precautions King County employees and residents have taken, we are now able to lift many of the COVID-19 restrictions we’ve had in place for months. We are continuing to work closely with public health officials and monitoring COVID-19 trends. If warranted, the County will not hesitate to reintroduce restrictions.

Departments are now beginning to implement their Future of Work plans, which set out how services will be delivered moving forward, whether that’s in-person, remotely, or a hybrid of both. Department leaders have begun to share the plans and expectations for teams and operations, which vary from team to team across the county. For more information about Future of Work plans, please visit our Future of Work intranet site and talk to your supervisor for details specific to your workgroup. This direction is for King County Executive branch employees, including Assessments, Elections, and the Sheriff’s Office. Employees in other branches of County government may receive additional guidance from their leaders.