Update: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Meydenbauer Center staff has been closely monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Inslee’s office regularly.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Governor Inslee’s office issued guidance for convention centers, hotel meeting space and other event centers to allow business meetings, professional development training and testing, and substantially similar activities to occur with some safety guidelines in place. Business meetings may have up to 200 people in attendance per room or 30% occupancy, whichever is less.
All other gatherings are still limited as part of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan. The State’s plan creates four phases that gradually increase activities based on the prevalence of disease and the ability to mitigate community transmission of the virus. King County is currently in Phase 2 of the four phases, which allows for partial re-opening of some businesses and activities. This plan allows us to begin implementing some of the plans for reopening our building. However, non-business meeting gatherings are still limited to five or fewer people outside the household. This does allow us to make use of our Virtual Event Studio at this time.
Maintaining the safety principles that led to the success against the outbreak has never been more important. These include continuing to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more, minimizing contact with others outside the home, frequent hand washing or sanitizer, use of cloth face coverings in public, and avoiding group gatherings.
Meydenbauer Center is currently working diligently to ensure we will be able to meet all of the necessary sanitation and social distancing protocols for people to safely gather in our facility. One of the steps we have taken as a venue was to the earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility accreditation, providing third-party validation that we have a well-established and maintained cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program with well-trained professionals and clear documentation of cleaning processes.
As updates related to the spread of COVID-19 in Washington and plans for the phased reopening of the state become available from the Governor’s office, we will update stakeholders on any further changes in our operation.
Meydenbauer Center to Host King County Superior Court – August 4, 2020
Meydenbauer Center will welcome the King County Superior Court as a building tenant, starting on August 4, 2020. The Courts will be occupying the facility Monday – Friday through at least the end of 2020, and their expected hours of our operation are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm each day.
Civil trials, including some family law bench trials, will be conducted in Meydenbauer Center meeting rooms. In line with the guidance from the Washington State Department of Health, the court rooms will be set up with the appropriate social distancing measures – chairs will be set at least 6 feet apart and the rooms will be sanitized between uses.
Furthermore, we are in the process of applying for the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star facility accreditation to ensure that our facility is prepared to respond to and recover from any biorisk situations, including those related to COVID-19. Our goal is to have the accreditation by September 1, but we will be in full compliance with the program’s standards by August 1. We are also making upgrades in our HVAC system based on the guidance of building industry associations. We have worked with our HVAC service provider to upgrade the filters in all HVAC systems, increase the outside air flow by 25% and have fill air recycle replacement run before and after each building use.