COVID-19 Update from Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber (as of April 3, 2020)
Date: Apr 3, 2020Port of Everett Extends Emergency Operations Thru May 4 in Response to Governor Inslee’s Adjustment to Statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy Timeline; International Seaport, Essential Port Functions Remain Open for Business
I hope this update finds you well and in good spirits as our community continues to band together – but apart – to slow the spread of COVID-19. I know for many Americans, including those of us right here in our community, these last few weeks have disrupted everyday life and drastically changed the way we work, shop, socialize and spend time with our loved ones. This time has also highlighted our nation’s strength and perseverance which gives me the hope that we will get through this together.
We each play a key role in this collective response and recovery effort, whether hunkered down at home, working the front lines or supporting essential service sectors. The Port of Everett is here to serve in its essential maritime transportation and logistics role, ensuring the transport of needed goods to market and keeping our economy moving. We are also working with our businesses affected by the mandatory shutdowns on rent relief measures to ensure they are able to weather this storm, and be financially able to reopen when the stay at home orders are lifted.
Until the orders are lifted, the Port will be extending its current emergency operations status now in place thru May 4, 2020, in line with Governor Inslee’s announcement last night of a 30-day extension to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in effect in Washington state. Port operations remain as currently in effect, including:
- Full operation of the international Seaport and modified operations at the Marina
- Port Administration and Marina Offices closed to the public with most staff services available remotely by phone and e-mail
- Maintaining only essential staffing on-site in Seaport, Marina and Security divisions; increased sanitation and social distancing measures in place
- Permissible construction moving forward with health and safety measures in place
- Reduced fuel dock hours; Thursday – Saturday; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (card payments only)
- Closure of all public restrooms; fob access for slipholders/liveaboards at the three main restroom facilities (one in each basin; South, Central and North Docks)
- Closure of half the launch lanes at the boat launch; restricted access to support life safety functions, essential commercial uses, tribal access and transportation access to Hat Island
- Closure of Edgewater Beach Park in South Everett consistent with the Mayor of Mukilteo’s order to close Lighthouse Park
Through the month of April, the Port’s regularly scheduled Port Commission meetings will take place virtually through the Zoom platform.
Stay up-to-date on all information related to the Port’s COVID-19 response, including hours of operation, FAQs, waterfront businesses and more at www.portofeverett.com/covid-19. For additional information,
contact Catherine Soper, Public Affairs Manager, at 425-388-0680 or by e-mail at email@example.com.