News and Updates
What’s the Latest?
- Skagit County Public Health’s COVID-19 FAQ’s, Myths and Rumors: Answered
- Stay up to date on the Governor’s Proclamations.
- Washington State’s COVID-19 Website.
- Skagit County Public Health
- Washington State Department of Health
- Island Hospital
- CDC information and resources
March 26, 2020 City of Anacortes Building Department Update
The City of Anacortes Building Department has ceased to perform non-emergency inspections on commercial and residential construction until the Governor’s order is lifted. All construction sites shall be secured and made safe prior to vacating. Inspections for emergency repairs identified in the Governor’s order may be performed using Facetime.
In response to COVID-19, the Governor has issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order suspending most construction activity. We will only provide inspections for those projects deemed essential per the Governor’s Order. Please visit this State website (Essential Business Inquiry Form) if you need clarity on whether you qualify as an essential construction site.
March 23, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Healthy
The Governor’s Proclamation require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity and close all businesses except essential businesses. For clarity on what is open and what is closed you can also review the State’s Coronavirus webpage. The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.
March 22, 2020 Resident of an Anacortes Retirement Community Tests Positive for COVID-19.
The individual is hospitalized at Island Hospital and is expected to be released to stay with a family member, where they will remain in isolation. One additional resident is hospitalized and being evaluated. Press Release Link.
March 19, 2020 Municipal Court Update
Court operations are substantially curtailed to help keep the public and our employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 16, 2020 Mayor Laurie Gere signed a proclamation declaring an emergency and has issued a letter to the Anacortes community.
The City of Anacortes is closely monitoring information, actions, and guidance regarding the COVID-19 disease.
March 15, 2020 New Developments from Governor Inslee
The Governor is ordering the temporarily shut down of restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.
On-site consumption of food or beverage services are temporarily prohibited, including but not limited to:
- Food courts
- Bars and taverns
- Wine, beer and spirits tasting venues
- Doughnut shops and ice cream parlors
- Coffee shops
- Sit-down airport restaurants and bars
- Take-out, delivery and drive-thru food and beverage services are not banned under the proclamation.
- On-site food service and other related activities are permitted for childcare services and school-based food programs for K-12 schools.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
Certain recreation, entertainment, and leisure services are temporarily prohibited, included by not limited to:
- Bowling alleys
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Non-tribal card rooms
- Art galleries
- Tattoo parlors
- Barbers, hair salons and nail salons
All other retail businesses must ensure adequate environmental cleaning of stores and must designate an employee or officer to implement a social distancing plan.
For a complete list of effected establishment types please see the Governor’s Announcement and the Governor’s COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers.