In compliance with King County public health regulations, people participating in activities at Bellevue community centers, recreation facilities, environmental education visitor centers and the Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Who is impacted?
- All customers 12 years of age and older must provide verification that they are fully vaccinated prior to participation in indoor activities.
- Fully vaccinated means that a person has received the required doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or a WHO-authorized COVID-19 full vaccine series, including AstraZeneca, Sinopharm-BBIBP, Sinovac, and Novavax), and 14 days have passed since the final dose. All other COVID-19 vaccines are not accepted.
- Customers who are not fully vaccinated, or do not wish to participate in vaccination verification, can enter these facilities by providing a digital or printed documentation from a testing agent, including a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy, of a negative FDA-approved test administered within the past 72 hours.
- Verification will take place on each visit at facility entry points.
- Verification is not required for quick and limited purposes, such as picking up or dropping off a child, deliveries, asking a question or registration transactions.
- Children 11 and younger are allowed to enter these facilities without verification of vaccination and/or negative test.
Acceptable Proof of Vaccination
- CDC COVID-19 vaccine record card or photo of vaccine card.
- Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com
- Other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including from your healthcare provider.
- Additional identification, such as a driver's license or ID, is not required.
- Documentation of medical or religious exemptions are not accepted.
Negative COVID Test as Alternative
As an alternative to vaccine verification, you can show digital or printed documentation of a negative result from one of the following tests administered within the previous 72 hours. Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider or pharmacy. Self-administered rapid tests (also called a home test) will not be accepted. Acceptable tests are:
- FDA-approved molecular test (also called a PCR Test)
- FDA-approved antigen test (also called a rapid test).
Grace period for 12-year-olds
- 12-year-olds are required to be vaccinated to be in our facilities, but this mandate recognizes that it takes additional weeks after they turn 12 to complete all shots and become fully vaccinated.
- 12-year-old children may participate if an adult can state that the child is in the process of getting vaccinated.
Masks still required
The vaccination verification order does not replace the mask mandate. Masks are an effective way to reduce spread of COVID-19, and are an additional layer of protection on top of vaccination verification and physical distancing. Washington state still requires that everyone ages 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings, such as Bellevue's parks facilities.
- City of Bellevue COVID-19 Resources
- Public Health - Seattle & King County: Vaccination Information & Locations
- Public Health - Seattle & King County: COVID-19 Testing Locations
- Public Health - Seattle & King County: Public Health Officer Order - Vaccination Verification/Proof of Negative Test