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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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The Mercer Island Food Pantry relies on your donations - during the COVID-19 pandemic we are accepting only grocery store gift cards for distribution -
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June 24, 2020 | Vol. 15 | No. 26
Phase_2King County Enters Phase 2 of Recovery
Click to learn more about Phase 2 activities
Last Friday, June 19, King County was approved to enter Phase 2 of COVID recovery, allowing an expansion of retail operations and dining opportunities, additional professional services, as well as other activities.

The 
new phase  now allows up to 50% usage of indoor seating capacity at restaurants, and 50% of outdoor dining (both with tables at 6-foot spacing). It also allows social and recreational gatherings to continue with up to five people outside your household per week. Learn more about what's allowed from King County.

Public Health-Seattle & King County  emphasizes that it will still be important to maintain the safety principles that led to the success against the outbreak, such as: continuing physical distancing, minimizing contact with others outside the home, frequent hand washing or sanitizer, and use of cloth face coverings in public.

Each Washington County is moving through the 
four-phased "Safe Start" process  at its own pace, depending on how much success it has had in slowing the virus. Counties must remain in each stage of Safe Start for at least three weeks, until health authorities can measure their progress towards eliminating the virus. If conditions worsen in a specific county, it may be required to enact additional safety measures.
Mask_OrderGovernor Issues Mandatory Statewide Mask Order
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On June 23, Governor Inslee announced a statewide mandate requiring facial coverings in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The order takes effect on Friday, June 26, and comes after King County in May issued its own public health directive strongly urging face coverings in many public settings.

The Governor's new order legally requires people over the age of 5 to wear face coverings while at any indoor public setting, such as a grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, health clinic, and other locations.

It also requires face coverings outside in public spaces where it is not possible to keep six feet apart from other people at all times.

The order allows some exceptions, such as when driving alone, eating at a restaurant, or engaged in a recreational activity either alone or with members of the same household.
 
Learn more about the order, and other limited exceptions, from this Washington State Department of Health FAQ.
TrafficOn-Ramp at East Mercer Way to be Metered
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In late June and July, WSDOT will activate four new ramp meters on the eastside in order to create smoother freeway traffic. The $1.2 million project includes changing Mercer Island's East Mercer Way on-ramp: the current HOV bypass lane will become a metered shoulder onto Eastbound I-90. 

Other new meters can be found at Northeast 160th Street and Echo Lake Road to eastbound SR 522, and Fales Road to westbound SR 522. The ramps will be metered during peak congestion to provide consistent gaps between vehicles merging onto the highway.
Mercer Island Goes Green
K4CKing County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)
A map of K4C Partners; click to learn more
The King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) is a partnership of local governments taking collective action to improve our communities' health and resiliency in the face of climate change. Founded in 2011 by King County and several partner cities, including Mercer Island, the collaboration now includes 16 member cities and the Port of Seattle, representing 80% of the County's population.
 
The K4C pursues wide-ranging joint initiatives to increase regional mobility, invest in renewable energy, promote clean energy in buildings, expand farm and forest protection, as well as other measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
 
The City of Mercer Island engages frequently in this forum to enhance its capacity in sustainability programs and amplify its voice in regional and state climate policy. In November 2019, the City adopted an updated set of K4C Climate Commitments pledging to continue work towards a county goal of 80% GHG reduction by 2050.
 
The K4C is currently running a short online survey to find out more about what climate action means to local residents. Please visit the survey today!  

 

  
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