Revised City Facility Closures and Event Cancellations
May 4, 2020 – Last Friday, Governor Inslee announced an extension of his existing Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 31, and also unveiled a four-phase plan that will be used to stage the gradual reopening of businesses and facilities statewide. Each phase will last for at least three weeks in order to gather health data and evaluate continued advances.
Phase 1 starts on Tuesday, May 5, and allows a limited set of changes, including some outdoor day-use recreation (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, and hiking). Existing construction that meets public health criteria may continue, contracted landscaping and lawn services will soon be allowed, and retail operations may now plan to reopen for curbside pickup only. Note: restaurants were already open for curbside service due to their status as essential businesses.
The City and the MI Chamber of Commerce continue to work with local businesses to ensure that they are aware of the changes and as prepared as possible for a resumption of retail operations.
Based on the Governor’s timetable, the City of Mercer Island has announced the following updates to its operations:
- On May 11, the Community Planning and Development (CPD) Department is scheduled tentatively to resume the limited issuance of public notices (which had been temporarily suspended) while adhering to social distancing protocols. All noticing will comply with adopted City Ordinances (i.e. mailed, posted, and published in Weekly Bulletin).
- City Council Meetings have already migrated to live video conferences and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
- Most Board and Commission meetings remain canceled through at least May 31, after which they may use video conference or teleconference technology; please visit the City web calendar for details.
- All City buildings remain closed through at least May 31; the Municipal Court is closed through July 31.
- City events and volunteer programs are canceled through June (e.g. Friday Night Films, restoration events, etc.); summer special events (e.g. Shakespeare and Music in the Park) are canceled.
- Spring recreation programs are canceled through June; a decision on summer recreation programs and summer camps is anticipated by mid-May.
- Parks Facilities
- Closed: playgrounds, ballfields, picnic areas, sport courts, parking lots at most parks
- Open: parks, most park restrooms, dog park, boat launch and P-patch
At this time, Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s plan is expected to occur no earlier than May 25 in King County. This list of City closures will be evaluated over the coming weeks and may be revised. In the meantime, the City encourages everyone to continue maintaining appropriate social distancing particularly as the weather warms up and more people are drawn to recreate outside.
For more information, please visit the City’s Coronavirus webpages, call the City’s hotline at (206)-275-7626 (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday), or Email questions to Coronavirus@mercergov.org