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Mayor's Official Statement Regarding Protective Masks

Jun 25, 2020
Washington State law enforcement agencies continue to focus on education and engagement regarding state orders related to the coronavirus crisis. The statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest violators but rather an evidence-based and safety focused directive meant to slow the spread of a potentially deadly disease. However, any egregious behavior that forces us to deal with this issue may lead to someone being referred to the Prosecutor for potential charges.

The Sedro-Woolley Police Department and the City Staff will continue to communicate with and encourage all of our residents to make safety-focused decisions, and to follow all health-based directives from the Governor as well as state and local health officials. We trust our residents, businesses, elected leaders, health officials, and each other to do what is necessary during this unique time of uncertainty. Specifically, we ask that you honor the requirements for entry into businesses that are opening up, this will enable them to focus on staying afloat and serving you.

You may ask, what should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask? Nothing. Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Just wear your mask and stay six feet away.

Here is the Washington Department of Health website:

There you will find information about masks, as well as Frequently asked Questions regarding masks and the mandatory wearing of them. We encourage you to check it out.

Stay safe, wash your hands, remember to social distance, and out of concern and respect for our families and community, please wear your mask.

Thank you,

Julia Johnson, Mayor
City of Sedro-Woolley