Mask mandates ending, schools and masks, CDC extends mask requirement on transportation, the opioid crisis, helping Ukrainian refugees, recap on state legislature…

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March 10, 2022

mandate ends

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well, Saturday is the day. Many of the state and county requirements for mask wearing will expire (at least for now) on that day. I’m including more information on what this means for businesses, schools and other facilities and activities. Masks will still be required in many settings; see below for information. I personally intend to continue wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and sometimes outdoors in public, as well.

One of my staff raised the point this morning that the mask mandate is being lifted shortly before spring break, when many young people will be traveling, many to locations still struggling with high rates of infection. Fortunately, the CDC has extended its masking rule for public transportation until April 18.  More below on this.

Also included below is more on how the relaxing of COVID restrictions is affecting schools, supporting Ukrainian refugees, hazardous waste assistance for businesses, the latest on the opioid crisis and much more.

And, I wanted to remind you to save the date for our annual Womxn’s History Month panel on Wednesday, March 30th from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. This year’s theme is “Resilience, Power and Healing,” and it will be streamed on Facebook and King County TV. Details to follow next week. I also wanted to recognize that Tuesday was International Women’s Day. To learn about the origins of this holiday see this page

And remember daylight savings begins this Sunday.

I also wanted to let you know that, while I will still be sending out this e-newsletter one day a week, the exact day will vary according to my and my staff’s schedules.

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.