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Banner image showing King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

March 17, 2022

Photo by Filip Bunkens on Unsplash

Photo by Filip Bunkens on Unsplash

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Well, we are almost through our first week without masking requirements, and thus far it has been an interesting experiment. I’ve been in settings where almost everyone is wearing a mask, where it’s been about half and half, and where virtually no one (except I) is wearing a mask. Perhaps the couple in the photo above has found a good compromise.

It’s important to remember that masks continue to be required in some settings, including health care, long-term care and correctional facilities. Per federal requirements, masks also continue to be required on public transportation, flights, trains and in transportation hubs.

But for the most part, the decision as to whether or not to wear a mask (or require that one be worn) is up to each individual, business, school, child care facility and others to decide. I’ve mentioned before that I’ll keep wearing mine in indoor public settings. Included below is more information on this important decision, as well as some rather concerning news about a potential new wave of cases. Also included below is the latest news on the Council, upcoming funding opportunities, events and happenings, and an invitation to the County Council’s Womxn’s History Month panel.

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.