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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

Today Gov. Inslee announced that he is letting Washington's Stay-at-Home order expire at midnight on May 31, and in its place he is issuing a new plan called “Safe Start.” Safe Start allows individual counties across the state to apply to progress to the next phase of re-opening, based on a variety of public health criteria. For the details of this new plan, visit Gov. Inslee’s website.

Meanwhile, King County Exec. Constantine has announced that though he isn’t yet pursuing a move to Phase II, he has developed a plan to partially re-open some businesses in King County. His plan still requires approval by the State. You can read the details of what would be allowed here.

While it’s encouraging that a partial resumption of business activity could very well happen soon, many of us are still wondering: when will King County move to Phase II? I want to pass along this helpful tracker that shows how close King County is to meeting various metrics that are required by the State to progress to Phase II. I hope this brings some transparency to an uncertain re-opening timeline.

With many of us experiencing more isolation than usual as the Stay-at-Home order continues, I also want to highlight ways to support your mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month—a good time to remember to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. If you or anyone you know needs more help to manage their mental and emotional well-being, there are many people at the ready to offer care.

Stay safe,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council

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