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City may close Edmonds Fishing Pier if no mask compliance

Decision to come within 10 days

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 266

Last updated 9/10/2020 at 8:14am

City of Edmonds

In you plan to fish, or just sight-see, on the Edmonds Fishing Pier, you should have a face covering on.

The Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department said residents continue to contact them with concerns that few people are wearing face coverings and putting pier visitors at risk.

In a news release, the City said it has determined that unless more people mask up, it will have no choice but to close the fishing pier to all visitors to meet state standards to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Mike Nelson said earlier that he would consider closing the city's beaches due to visitors not wearing masks, but has not acted on that.

On Friday, Sept. 4, the City began a week-long outreach campaign to increase the number of masked visitors.

"We have significant concern for the community's safety," said Angie Feser, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director.

"There needs to be a much higher compliance rate of wearing masks while within 6 feet of another person. We see too many people standing too closely together without masks. We know some use the pier for subsistence fishing, so we want to get the word out to everyone in as many languages as possible."

Visitors will see more signs, in more languages, that outline the real consequences of not wearing masks: Wear a face covering, or the pier will close. A decision whether to keep the pier open or close will be made within the next 10 days.

Edmonds is not the first government organization to consider this. The state, King County Parks, and some cities have closed facilities due to low mask compliance rates.

"We don't want to have to close the pier," said Feser. "We know how much people love and use the pier. We need folks to love it enough to mask up when they use it."

 

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