accesso ShoWare Center Acting on Governor’s Directive
KENT, WA (March 11, 2020)
gatherings of 250 people or more due to COVID-19
– Following Governor Jay Inslee’s directive, the accesso
ShoWare Center will prohibit all public and private gatherings of 250 people or more. The
governor's office expects the COVID-19 (coronavirus) prohibition on attendees to continue
through March 31, 2020, at which time public health officials will determine whether it is safe to
return to a typical event schedule.
"We are not helpless we have the ability to seize our own destiny and the safety of our loved
ones by acting to do what is necessary and effective in reducing the rate of the spread of this
epidemic. There is no magic silver bullet at the moment medically but there is a very successful
effort that we can take to slow the spread of this disease, and that’s to reduce the social
interactions…in our lives,” said Governor Inslee.
The limited attendance ban includes King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, which are home to
nearly 4 million people.
"We are currently working with our event organizers and sport team tenants to determine how to
best manage the events," said Tim Higgins, accesso ShoWare Center General Manager. "We
appreciate the public's patience and understanding regarding this issue, as the health and public
safety of our guests and employees remain a priority. The coronavirus response represents an
unprecedented time for us, but we hope to return to normal operations soon."
Several accesso ShoWare Center events are expected to be impacted through the remainder of
the month including the Tacoma Stars soccer team and the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team.
Higgins says that the facility staff is working with the teams to determine how this directive will
impact the remaining season schedule. Also, ASM Global is working with entertainment
promoters to determine whether impacted live music events will be rescheduled or canceled.
More information regarding scheduled events – along with possible ticket refunds – is expected
in the next few days. ASM Global encourages fans to visit the accesso ShoWare Center website
for the most recent updates.