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Outdoor Business Activities
The City Council wishes to encourage business activity consistent with applicable Stay Safe – Stay Healthy requirements. This includes, without limitation, the requirements of Proclamation 20-25.8. To make gyms, fitness facilities, restaurants, taverns and other food and beverage establishments safer and more viable to operate, opportunities are available to leverage private and public space to be used as additional outdoor areas for fitness classes and dining activity while maintaining applicable social distancing requirements. The Council believes that allowing fitness facilities and gyms to temporarily expand their fitness classes onto privately-owned parking facilities, where they may not otherwise be permitted by City code, will support the Governor's Stay Safe – Stay Healthy plan, encourage compliance with social distancing requirements, and promote business operation and economic recovery.
Temporary Tents and Membrane Structures during the pandemic will be allowed for this use. In order to comply with Fire and Building Safety regulations, the City of Monroe Building Division and Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue have combined their resources to offer guidelines specific to the construction of these types of structures. The permit application can be found on the City’s website. For further information and direction, please contact:
- City Building Official Stacy Criswell: (360) 863-4536 or email@example.com
- Deputy Fire Marshal Jason Bowen: (425) 328-0328
The City Permit Division is also available for questions at (360) 863-4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting Essential Business or Safe Start Violations
Violations of the Essential Business or Safe Start orders issued by Governor Inslee are handled by the state. To report a suspected violation, please utilize the Washington State Coronavirus Response website here.
County Moves to Phase 2
On Friday, June 5, 2020, Governor Inslee announced that Snohomish County, including the City of Monroe, will be moving into Phase 2 in the re-opening of our community and economy. Businesses complying with general and industry-specific guidelines may reopen, and places of worship may conduct services, weddings and funerals that align with physical distancing and size restraints. Camping and other outdoor recreation activities, such as biking and climbing, can resume with limited group sizes, and in-home services such as nannies, house cleaners and real-estate firms may also resume. Please visit the city’s COVID-19 Business Resources page for a Special Newsletter detailing the general and specific guidelines for businesses in Phase 2.
We’re in this Together
Together, as one community, we’ll get through this. Today we’re seeing our local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Please remember to support our businesses. #ShopMonroeWA #LoveMonroe We’re in this together.