SNOHOMISH COUNTY— Snohomish County and the Snohomish Health District received notification from Secretary of Health John Wiesman that the Phase 2 Variance application submitted has been approved, effective immediately.
“Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” said County Executive Dave Somers. “During a pandemic, every step forward must be done carefully, and I am thankful for the work each of us throughout our community has done to get us here today."
Somers said that as the county transitions into the next phase, people must remain vigilant to maintain social distancing and necessary sanitation practices to keep our communities healthy and help the economy recover as quickly as possible.
"I would like to thank Governor Inslee and Secretary Wiesman for their support in moving Snohomish County to Phase 2," Somers said. "It’s vital that each of our businesses and every county resident carefully review and adhere to the guidance for Phase 2. We still have a way to go, but this is a first, positive step in the right direction.”
Now that the plan has been approved, Snohomish County businesses authorized to open in Phase 2 may do so as long as they are able to meet their industry-specific health and safety guidelines. General questions about how to comply with the agreement practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center.
“Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of many, we are well-positioned for the next phase here in Snohomish County,” said Chair of the Board of Health and Vice Chair of the County Council Stephanie Wright. “We need to proceed carefully as a community to ensure cases remain low so that we can continue on this phased re-opening path.”