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Banner with text King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, District 2

Major Updates on Public Gatherings In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic


Earlier today, state and local officials took major steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes actions specific to King County that are sure to disrupt our lives and lifestyles as we seek to slow the spread of this pandemic.

This morning, Governor Jay Inslee announced that starting today, events that take place in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties with more than 250 people are prohibited by the state. At the same time, the Seattle King County Department of Public Health issued a local order prohibiting events of less than 250 people, unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk. You can watch the entirety of the press conference here.

Additionally, Seattle Public Schools has announced a district wide closure for a minimum of 14 days beginning Thursday, March 12. You can read the full announcement with additional details by clicking here.

Needless to say, these are major disruptions to life as we know it. But as your councilmember, I am working closely with public health officials and believe these are prudent steps to protect the wellbeing of our families, friends, and society.

I will continue to share updates with you as I receive them. In the meantime, please continue to follow public health guidelines and check here for the latest from public health officials.

Yours in service,

Girmay Zahilay

Phone: 206-477-1002