Mask directive to be lifted, Delta and Gamma variants, reopening plans and issues, Juneteenth Jamboree on Saturday, eviction moratoria ending, rental assistance...

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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

June 17, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We made it – more than 70% of eligible King County residents have now received all their vaccine doses!  This means the mask directive issued by Dr. Duchin will be lifted on June 29th.  More details are included below.  And we don’t know yet what will happen statewide. Gov. Inslee will lift the mandate when 70% of the state have met the vaccination requirements or by June 30th.

At the same time, we’re dealing with the presence of two worrisome COVID variants here in the state, named Delta and Gamma.  Delta has just been declared a “variant of concern” by the CDC.  See below for full details.

This has been a busy week here at the County.  We’ve been working hard to pass just cause tenant protection legislation before the state’s eviction moratorium expires at the end of the month.  I’m including some helpful information below on webinars and other assistance for renters, as well as an update on where the legislation stands.

And, we will be taking action on the First Omnibus Supplemental Budget at next Tuesday’s Council meeting.  The 8th Covid Budget was also transmitted to the Council by Executive Constantine today.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.