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Mask compliance: Edmonds Fishing Pier will not close

Series: Coronavirus | Story 272

Last updated 9/17/2020 at 10:23am

If you plan to fish, or just sightsee, 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.

The City had threatened to lose the pier, but mayor Mike Nelson on Tuesday said it will remain open, as mask-wearing and social distancing has increased.

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 weeklong outreach campaign to increase the number of masked visitors.

“We have a 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 now see more signs, in more languages, that outline the real consequences of not wearing masks: Wear a face covering, or the pier will close.

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.


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