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Posted on: November 16, 2020

The Governor’s New COVID-19 Restrictions: What They Mean for Snoqualmie

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Governor Jay Inslee has announced new restrictions on activities effective November 16 through December 14.

As stated in the new COVID-19 Guidance document, “In order to slow the spread of rapidly increasing COVID cases in our state and ensure that hospital and medical systems are not overwhelmed, we are taking the very difficult but necessary steps to protect public health. We recognize this will cause financial hardship for many businesses and the governor and staff are exploring ways to mitigate the impacts.”

“I urge residents to double down on shopping at Snoqualmie stores and getting take-out from Snoqualmie restaurants,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “Many of our local businesses are struggling to stay open and a few have had to close.

“Over the past few months, the City of Snoqualmie has had the opportunity to distribute $645,000 to local businesses with the support of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), King County, and the office of King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. We hope additional federal and state funding will become available to assist our local businesses and workers. Governor Inslee indicated there will be $50 million available from the state. We will continue to advocate for funding for our local businesses.

“We are concerned for the health and well-being of Snoqualmie’s residents and workers. According to the Public Health – Seattle & King County COVID-19 Data Dashboard, since March there have been 128 positive cases in Snoqualmie with three hospitalizations and zero deaths. Let’s keep that number where it is by masking up.”

High-level list of modifications: 

  • No indoor gatherings are allowed other than immediate households, with some quarantining exceptions.
  • No outdoor gatherings are allowed of more than five people from outside one household.
  • Restaurants and bars: No indoor service is allowed; outdoor dining is limited to 5 people; take-out, curbside, and delivery is allowed.
  • Retail: Stores – including grocery stores – are limited to 25% of indoor occupancy limits. 
  • Indoor fitness facilities and gyms are closed.
  • Entertainment venues are closed for indoor services.

Modifications have not been made to K-12 education, childcare, or health care.

Full guidelines for other businesses and gatherings are available in the COVID-19 Guidance document posted on Governor Inslee’s website at www.governor.wa.gov.

Snoqualmie City Hall remains temporarily closed to the public to protect the health of city hall visitors and staff. City services remain available online, by email, and by phone. Details are available on the city website. Questions may be directed to info@snoqualmiewa.gov

Financial and Social Services

Financial resources for businesses and workers, as well as social services, are available on the City of Snoqualmie website at bit.ly/SnoqCovid19.

Local Health Resources

COVID-19 drive-thru testing and flu shots are available at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, 9801 Frontier Ave SE. More information is posted on the hospital website at www.snoqualmiehospital.org

Free masks are available at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 SE Snoqualmie Parkway. Questions can be directed to 425-888-1551 or info@snoqualmiewa.gov

State and National Agencies’ Information

A public hotline has been set up by Washington State Department of Health for individuals seeking information about their personal situation: 1-800-525-0127.

Coronavirus.wa.gov
Public Health – Seattle & King County
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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Contact:
Joan Pliego
Communications Manager/PIO
City of Snoqualmie
425-281-3317
jpliego@snoqualmiewa.gov 


 

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