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June 5, 2020 - Skagit County Moves to Phase 2 of Safe Start plan

Phase 2 is not a total lifting of Stay Home, Stay Healthy restrictions. Skagit County residents and visitors should continue to:

  • Wear a mask in public, as long they are medically able.
  • Avoid large group gatherings, which are still not allowed.
  • Use physical distancing, staying six feet apart from anyone they come in contact with outside their immediate household members.
  • Continue to telecommute, if possible.
  • For those who are higher risk, continue to stay home as much as possible.

Phase 2 allows for the reopening of some in-person retail, professional services, personal services and restaurants with up to fifty percent capacity. Businesses must be able to comply with issued guidelines on physical distancing and hygiene. Additionally, you are now allowed to gather with five or fewer people from outside of your immediate household per week. Gatherings with more people are still prohibited and considered unsafe. For more information and complete guidance on requirements for businesses to reopen, please visit www.governor.wa.gov or www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus

Mayor Gere will be hosting a COVID-19: Community Briefing on July 8, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Video Link to June 24th Briefing: YouTube Link to Mayor’s Briefing, Mayor’s Briefing Video, and COVID-19 Briefing PDF.

Video Link to June 17th Briefing: YouTube Link to Mayor’s Briefing, and COVID-19 Briefing PDF.

Video Link to June 10th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing, YouTube Link to Mayor’s Briefing, and COVID-19 Briefing PDF.

Video Link to June 3rd Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing, YouTube Link to Mayor’s Briefing, and COVID-19 Briefing PDF.

Video Link to May 27th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing, YouTube Link to Mayor’s Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF.

Video Link to May 20th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing, YouTube Link to Mayor’s Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF.

Video Link to May 13th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF

Video Link to May 6th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF

Video Link to April 29th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF

Video Link to April 22nd Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF

Video Link to April 15th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing

Video Link to April 8th Briefing: Mayor Gere’s Community Briefing and COVID-19 Briefing PDF

If you would like to submit a question please call 360-299-1950 and leave your question in a voicemail, email them to coa.mayor@cityofanacortes.org, you can submit questions electronically through the new eComment feature before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

RE: City of Anacortes 4th of July Events

Due to community health and safety concerns from COVID-19, the City of Anacortes is cancelling its Fourth of July town photo and patriotic parade. The City is also postponing the community fireworks display until it is safe for larger groups to gather, hopefully until later in the summer.

Laurie Gere, Mayor of the City of Anacortes explained that, “Our priority is community health and the well-being of all Anacortes residents. It is very regrettable that we have to make this decision. Together we will find new ways to celebrate our nation’s independence this Fourth of July.”

The City will work with community partners on ideas to help celebrate Independence Day that comply with COVID-19 restrictions and will update the City’s website. Please remember that Fireworks are still banned within City limits. The City leadership encourages everyone to stay healthy and safe this summer. 

2020 Skagit County Fair cancelled

Shortly following Dr. Leibrand’ s announcement, Parks, Recreation and Fairs made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Skagit County fair. Read more on their website or social media pages. Message to the public from Parks, Rec and Fair: we’ll be back next year! 2021 Fair is scheduled for August 11-14, 2021 - mark your calendars.

Governor Inslee’s Recovery Plan Continued

Governor Inslee announced a partial reopening of some outdoor recreation activities. Beginning on May 5, some outdoor recreation will be permitted with appropriate safety precautions, including fishing, hunting, golf, and day use at state parks and state public lands. This news comes after the Governor’s announcement on Friday to allow construction on projects previously underway. You can find additional information about easing of outdoor restrictions here.

Governor Inslee also announced that nearly $300 million from the state’s federal stimulus funding will be awarded to local governments that did not receive direct distributions under the federal CARES Act. As outlined in this press release about this news, each county will receive a minimum distribution of $250,000 and each city will receive a minimum distribution of $25,000 from the state.

Inslee announces Washington’s COVID-19 recovery plan

Governor Inslee said it is unlikely many restrictions under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will be modified before May 4.  For more information: 

April 6, 2020 Mayor Gere Hosts COVID-19: Community Briefing April 8, 2020 at 4 p.m.  

PRESS RELEASE

Mayor Gere will be hosting a Community Briefing April 8th at 4 p.m. on Channel 10. Governor Inslee has extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order until May 4th and new guidelines from the CDC recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others. 

Research has identified a percentage of our population may not have symptoms and may still be carriers of the COVID-19 virus. These individuals could unknowingly transmit the virus to other people. Wearing facial protection at all times while in public is another tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

If you would like to submit a question please call 360-299-1950 and leave your question in a voicemail, email them to coa.mayor@cityofanacortes.org, you can submit questions electronically through the new eComment feature before 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

This meeting will be accessible the same way City Council meetings are: live on Channel 10, via the web live on the City of Anacortes website, and available to stream on the website the day after. Future dates and times of Mayor Gere’s Community Briefings will be announced on the City’s COVID-19 Information page on the City’s website. 

April 2, 2020 Inslee extends ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ through May 4

The "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"  order, which bans all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4, 2020. 

Public gatherings remain banned and non-essential businesses may reopen May 5. If gatherings are held in violation of the order, individuals are encouraged to notify their local police department. Do not call 911. Residents or workers concerned about non-essential businesses remaining open may file complaints at this link.

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

COVID-19 Administrative Order

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:

  • Restaurants
  • 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:

  • Theaters
  • Bowling alleys
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Non-tribal card rooms
  • Museums
  • 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.