Updated social distancing, masking guidance for those attending Edmonds City Council meetings

An example of the socially distanced seating in the Edmonds City Council chambers July 20. It was the first council meeting open to the public since councilmembers began meeting remotely more than a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo by Teresa Wippel)

The Edmonds City Council on Monday issued the following guidance for those attending council meetings in person, effective immediately:

Based on guidelines from the CDC, individuals who wish to attend meetings in the council chambers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and must adhere to the following:

  • Abide by limited seating in the council chambers; attendees must sit 3 feet apart. Excess chairs have been removed.
  • Adhere to the CDC recommended social distancing measures via tick marks on the floor.
  • Attendees unable to remain socially distanced from others are asked to use the overflow in the lobby. You can either watch the meeting from the lobby or participate via Zoom when the room is full.
  • The council will continue to accommodate public comments via email and Zoom; if making public comment in person and the council chambers are full, consider making your comment and exiting the room to allow for others to make their comments.

The city announcement also noted that the City of Lynnwood alerted members of the public who attended the July 26 Lynnwood City Council meeting that someone in attendance tested positive for COVID-19.

After more than a year of meeting remotely, the Edmonds City Council’s first in-person meeting July 20 was lightly attended, making it easy to comply with social distancing advice. Last week’s July 27 meeting was a different story, with a large crowd in attendance.

“We are deeply concerned about the health of our community,” said Council President Susan Paine. “We feel that these measures will help ensure the safety of all while continuing to use the hybrid meeting format.”



5 Replies to “Updated social distancing, masking guidance for those attending Edmonds City Council meetings”

  1. Please do consider that the 3’ distancing should only apply to MASKED individuals while unmasked attendees should continue to be 6’ away from others, unless you are going to do vaccine card checks and intake questionnaires to allow exceptions. Also, anyone singing or playing a trumpet or YELLING would ideally be TEN FEET away from others.


  2. I read this in the Wall Street Journal today (or.a.similar article) https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/data-analytics/data-for-cdc-s-new-mask-guidance-is-flawed-some-scientists-say.html

    I am one to follow science, and sure as heck hope that society doesn’t have to go back to treating everyone as virulent.

    It’s just interesting to me that scientists are questioning the data. I suppose an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? It would be ironic if the CDC is guilty of spreading misinformation. I am certainly not saying they are, and we know the vaccinations work, and this is probably precautionary as the scientific community learns more about the spread and Delta, but still an interesting read.


  3. The important part about these rules is that they are all focused on how we feel about the unvaccinated that are choosing to die in front of us. Should we feel guilty when self destructive behavior causes the unvaccinated to eagerly join the 600,000+ dead from this pandemic?

    99.2% of people in the US who died from COVID in May were unvaccinated
    98.9% of people in the US who were hospitalized from COVID in May were unvaccinated

    Even as the 7 day average of cases have increased by 70%, Conservatives have shown little to no care about the anti-vax conspiracies that are killing themselves by the thousands. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/16/1017002907/u-s-covid-deaths-are-rising-again-experts-call-it-a-pandemic-of-the-unvaccinated

    For people who are vaccinated, this pandemic is no longer a risk except to feel bad about those choosing to die. This pandemic has now turned into a mental pandemic that has caused largely Conservative anti-vaxers to ignore the evidence, and willfully take steps to try to kill themselves. They are also some of the most vocal in opposing measures that would reduce their risk from catching the disease.

    I understand the sentiment of this move, but you cannot force people to adhere to facts and be responsible. We will still have COVID 10 years from now, and the rest of us who have gotten the safe and effective vaccines in order to protect the lives of ourselves and loved ones cannot be held hostage forever by the irresponsible.


  4. Not having as many people in the room to disagree with the more controversial decrees of this council was also likely a large factor in this decision.


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