Walk around parts of downtown Seattle these days and things look almost like they did before COVID-19 kicked out the tourists and the office workers.
Pike Place Market and the waterfront are teeming with visitors, though many wear masks. Cruise ships are back in Elliott Bay. Bars around Pioneer Square are often loud with Sounders and Mariners fans, and hotel lobbies and meeting rooms have actual business travelers.
“This is the first time seeing my primary customers face to face,” says a masked but elated Chris Orr, a Marriott International executive from Florida who was at the Hyatt Regency Seattle