June 30, 2022

Washington governor will require vaccine or testing for all large events

Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Thursday that large events will required proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for anyone 12 years old or older.

The new rule, scheduled to take effect Nov. 15, will make the state’s law among the strictest in the nation.

The new rule will apply to indoor events of 1,000 or more people. It will also included outdoor events of 10,000 or more people.

“For now this applies to ticketed or registered events that have defined entrances, like conventions, concerts, sporting events, fairs that have defined entrances, theme parks and more. This does not cover large venues like shopping malls, museums, or grocery stores that are open to the public as part of their operations,” Inslee said, according to the Blaze.

Schools and churches are also exempt from the new rule.

The controversial rule will likely be challenged in court. For now, the change will make large concerts and events difficult in the Pacific Northwest state.

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