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Inslee issues proclamation requiring vaccination verification for large events

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Inslee issues proclamation requiring vaccination verification for large events

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a large event vaccine verification emergency order, Proclamation 21-16. A "large event" is a ticketed or pre registered assembly of 10,000 or more individuals at an outdoor venue or 1,000 or more individuals at an indoor venue.

The proclamation prohibits large event organizers from allowing anyone 12 years and older from attending the event unless the individual either shows proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or shows proof of having received a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the event. The order also prohibits individuals who are 12 years and older from attending a large event unless they show proof of full vaccination status or a negative test within 72 hours.

The order is effective on November 15.

Inslee Statement on U.S. Decision to Reopen Canadian Border Entry

Gov. Inslee released a statement last Wednesday regarding reports that the Biden administration will reopen border entry in November to international travelers who are fully vaccinated.

"Washingtonians have long been ready to welcome back Canadians traveling by land. I am pleased to hear from reports out of our nation's capital that this may finally happen in early November. It should have happened sooner: Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and Canadians were already allowed to travel to the U.S. by air throughout the pandemic.

"The local economies of border communities in Washington and other states are connected to our friends across the border, and their recovery from the pandemic has been delayed by the border closure. I am proud of the work my office, the Department of Commerce, our congressional delegation, and other state and local partners did to help these communities persist through the unique circumstances put upon them by the pandemic.

"I also appreciate the Biden administration's requirement that those traveling by land show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to reduce the risk of infection and serious complications from this virus."

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