Update: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Meydenbauer Center staff has been closely monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Inslee’s office regularly.
On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Washington State eased nearly all COVID-19 business restrictions. At that time, events under 10,000 people could take place without any limitations on gathering size or room capacity. Unvaccinated individuals are still being asked to wear facial coverings, but besides that pre-pandemic event activity may resume and additional protocols related to social distancing, vaccination status, and facial coverings are at the discretion of event organizers.
We are asking that guests wear facial coverings while in public spaces at Meydenbauer Center regardless of vaccination status because we are often hosting multiple groups simultaneously with varied requirements and protocols.
Meydenbauer Center is currently working diligently to ensure we will be able to meet all 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 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. We have also upgraded our HVAC systems to increase the outside airflow to 50% and upgraded our filters to MERV 13 filters, the highest level of filtration for our system.
As updates related to reopening plans become available, we will update stakeholders on any further changes in our operation.
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Meydenbauer Center to Host King County Superior Court
Meydenbauer Center welcomed the King County Superior Court as a building tenant, starting on August 4, 2020. The Courts will be occupying the facility Monday – Friday through July 30, 2021, and their 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 Supreme Court guidance, the courtrooms 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. Facial coverings are still required inside King County courtroom and facility public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Furthermore, we have achieved 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. We have also made 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 to 50%, and have fill air recycle replacement run before and after each building use.