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Seattle Center is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all. Safety, security and emergency resources are in place to help support our Purpose and Core Values. Here is information on how we work to promote safety and security at Seattle Center.

Public Safety Notice

As of March 21, 2020

Artists at Play Playground is now closed until further notice. As part of its evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak and with guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Parks and Seattle Parks and Recreation are closing active recreation areas in parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and other areas where essential social distancing guidelines are difficult to achieve.

As of March 16, 2020

Seattle Center Armory is closed to the public until further notice. The closure conforms with a State of Washington directive to restrict public gatherings of over 50 people. Also, Seattle Center Monorail is suspending service effective 7pm on March 16, reopening date to be determined. Seattle Monorail Services employees will use this time to complete maintenance projects and facilities work to prepare for reopening. If you’d like to learn more about your transit options between downtown and Seattle Center, visit: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/schedules-maps.aspx.

As of March 11, 2020

On March 11, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced mandatory measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in our region. Public events with over 250 attendees are prohibited, effective immediately. The restrictions are in effect through the end of March - and could be extended depending on the course of the outbreak. The restrictions impact events at Seattle Center, including performances at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and several other venues on the grounds. Seattle Center Armory will remain open until further notice. The situation, however, is very fluid, and we recommend you directly contact venues via their websites or by phone to check on the status of events you desire to attend. Performing arts and entertainment, family activities and social gatherings will remain the cornerstone of our quality of life - and will thrive long past this current emergency. We look forward to a return to normalcy - and to your return to events at Seattle Center.

As of March 7, 2020

In order to maintain the health and welfare of our communities, we ask anyone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, not feeling well or feeling uncomfortable about possible community exposure to the novel coronavirus to stay home. Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends the following populations avoid large public gatherings: • People 60 and older. • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes. • People who have weakened immune systems. • People who are pregnant.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

With reports of the novel (COVID-19) coronavirus front and center in the news, alongside the ongoing risk of influenza, we at Seattle Center would like you to keep in mind some simple hygiene considerations that could help you and others around you from catching a cold or flu: • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty or have been in contact with public surfaces. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth at all times and especially with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (six-foot rule). • Stay home when you are sick or have been around people who are sick, even if the symptoms are mild. • Cover your cough with your forearm or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Find out more at King County Public Health

Seattle Center Emergency Services Unit (ESU) employs uniformed security officers who regularly patrol the campus and garages 24 hours a day by foot, bicycle and vehicle. They also provide first aid and respond to emergencies and visitor inquiries. ESU coordinates closely with Seattle Police Department (SPD) personnel to ensure compliance with Seattle Center Campus Rules and facility rules of conduct.


  • “See Something, Say Something.” If you see something suspicious while on the grounds or in Seattle Center facilities, please report it immediately to ESU at 206-684-7272 or Call 911.
  • Customer Service staff are available for assistance and information in Seattle Center Armory at the north end of the Food Hall or by calling 206-684-7200. You may also obtain assistance from any Seattle Center representative (look for the Seattle Center logo on their shirt or jacket).
  • If you have a cell phone, keep it readily available in case you need to use it.
  • Stay in lighted areas and/or on the main paths and walkways in later hours.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and careful to avoid slips, trips and falls in wet areas and along garden pathways.

Seattle Center event and emergency service personnel coordinate closely with event producers, Seattle Police and Fire on security planning in advance of large events on the grounds. During events, they follow a carefully crafted plan, tailored to the size and specifics of the event, to enable quick and capable City response to a range of security needs and emergency situations.

Ongoing emergency management is a priority at Seattle Center. Staff are trained in preparedness policies and procedures to respond to emergencies of various types and sizes. As a department of the City of Seattle, Seattle Center follows the Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan.

Evacuation plans are in place for all Seattle Center facilities. If circumstances require evacuation, visitors should follow instructions given over public address systems and as directed by Seattle Center staff, uniformed security officers, police or medical responders.

In the event of a missing child, please notify a Seattle Center representative, emergency services officer (206-684-7272) or customer service staff (206-684-7200) so that they may coordinate on locating the lost child.