COVID-19 Information

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The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the community. These pages share the latest information, resources, and more.

Click on the shortcut buttons below to access the most requested information.



The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the community. These pages share the latest information, resources, and more.

Click on the shortcut buttons below to access the most requested information.


  • Washington Vaccine Prioritization: Phase 1 Tiers A and B

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    On January 6, the State DOH released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination. The department worked closely with the Governor’s Office to finalize prioritization for phase 1B, which is broken up into four separate tiers.

    It’s important to note that Washington is still in phase 1A of vaccinations, and will continue to be for the next few weeks.

    Groups eligible for vaccination in phase 1B include:

    Phase 1B1 - (Tier 1)
    January
    • All people 70 years and older
    • People 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households
    Phase 1B2 - (Tier 2)
    February
    • High risk critical workers 50 years and older who work in certain congregate settings: Agriculture; food processing; grocery stores; K-12 (teachers and school staff); childcare; corrections, prisons, jails or detention facilities (staff); public transit; fire; law enforcement
    Phase 1B3 - (Tier 3)
    March
    • People 16 years or older with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
    Phase 1B4 - (Tier 4)
    April
    • High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings under 50 years
    • People, staff and volunteers all ages in congregate living settings:
    • Correctional facilities; group homes for people with disabilities; people experiencing homelessness that live in or access services in congregate settings


    Additional details of phase 1B will be posted on the state's website.

    Many pharmacies, clinics and hospitals are vaccinating people in 1A1 (tier 1), and others have moved to 1A2 (tier 2). While phase 1A is still the priority, the release of phase 1B guidance will help facilities, counties and individuals plan for the months ahead. Once ready to start phase 1B, the state will let communities know how and where to get vaccine.

    “Vaccine prioritization decisions are complex, but based in a need for equitable distribution. Our priority has been to get the vaccine to high-priority people first.”

    Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah

    Nearly 20,000 people across the state weighed in on the prioritization through focus groups, interviews, and surveys over the past few months. This feedback directly informed the state's recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization and allocation.

  • Updates from the City Manager

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    City Manager Jessi Bon hosted eleven live City situation briefings on Thursdays from March through May. In June, she transitioned to updates via her City Manager's Report.

    The May 28 Situation Briefing was the eleventh and final live briefing. City Manager Jessi Bon will continue to update the community on City operations and coronavirus-related information via her City Manager's Report at the beginning of each regular Council Meeting.

    Council Meetings are scheduled the first and third Tuesday of each month and are broadcast live on MITV-21 and the Council's YouTube Channel. Meetings begin at 5:00pm.

    Links to recent City Manager's Report videos and PowerPoint Presentations are available below.

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    Next meeting: January 5

    December 1 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    November 17 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    November 2 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    October 20 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    October 6 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    September 15 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    September 1 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    August 4 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    July 21 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    July 7 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 16 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 9 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 2 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 1 - Special Live Video Briefing

    May 19 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    May 5 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    April 21 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    April 7 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

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    Follow this link to access all eleven Thursday Situation Briefing videos and PowerPoint Presentations.

    Have questions? Please email them to: citymanager@mercerisland.gov we will try to address them during the presentation.


  • Metro Service Changes

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    Metro has made significant service reductions throughout the region.

    Mercer Island’s Community Shuttle route #630, running between Mercer Island and Seattle’s First Hill medical community has been suspended.

    Route #204 remains in service, providing North-South service between the MI P&R and the south end QFC shopping area. It is the only intra Island public transportation at this time. Route #240 is operating under the Saturday schedule (10 round trip runs) Monday-Saturday.

    Metro has provided an interactive web tool that lists suspended and reduced routes as well as provides assistance finding alternate routes via public transportation. Click here for more information: kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro

    Metro has temporarily discontinues fare payments and has moved to rear door bus boarding except for passengers with mobility challenges.

    Despite Metro’s service reductions, Access Paratransit is maintaining its traditional service area, hours, and days of service, and may be an option for riders with disabilities for whom fixed route is no longer available even though they are not currently certified for Access service.

    Customers with disabilities who are no longer able to reach their essential destinations using fixed-route service can contact the Access Transportation Call Center at 206-205-5000 for assistance with both emergent and ongoing essential transportation needs.

    • Customers with disabilities who have emergent transportation needs do not need to be currently certified for Access service.
    • Those with an ongoing need for transportation will need to apply for Access service through our temporarily streamlined eligibility process.

    For COVID-positive individuals who need to travel for medical care, Metro is currently working with Public Health to create a separate service using dedicated Access vehicles, bus bases, and drivers who have volunteered for the assignment. As we learn more, we will share that information with our customers and community partners.

    Trailhead Direct Service slated to begin April 18 has been suspended at this time. This service provides access to trail heads during the busy outdoor hiking season.

  • Share Your Good News Stories or Simply Say Thank You!

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    We could all use a little good news these days. Has a neighbor helped you during these past few months of social distancing? Have you seen someone go above-and-beyond for another member of the Mercer Island community? Do you want to recognize a group for something special they've done to make this time of isolation a little less isolating? We want to hear about it!

    Visit our Some Good News page to share your good news stories or say thanks today!

  • Governor Extends Restrictions Through January 4

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    In mid-November the Governor implemented a series of restrictions to try to curb the spread of COVID-19; today he extended those restrictions through January 4.

    On December 8, Governor Inslee announced that he is extending the tighter restrictions he implemented on November 16 for an additional three-weeks. “What we do between now — when COVID activity is still at crisis levels — and the time when vaccines are widely available, is literally a matter of life and death,” he said during his video announcement.

    The three-week extension of statewide restrictions come as the state’s healthcare system nears dangerous occupancy levels. With the effects of Thanksgiving on infection and hospital numbers still unknown, the extension will grant the state’s medical system much needed time to increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity before it’s overwhelmed.

    The extended restrictions include:

    • Indoor gatherings with people outside the household will be prohibited unless participants:
      • Quarantine for fourteen days (14) prior to the social gathering; or
      • Quarantine for the seven (7) days prior to the gathering, and receive a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering.
    • Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than five people.
    • Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining must comply with the requirements of the Outdoor Dining Guidance. Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of five (5) people. These modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
    • Fitness Facilities and Gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted but are subject to and limited by the outdoor social gathering restriction listed above.
    • Bowling Centers are closed for indoor service.
    • Miscellaneous Venues: All retail activities and business meetings are prohibited. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely, as well as all court and judicial branch-related proceedings, are allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
      • Miscellaneous venues include: convention/conference centers, designated meeting spaces in a hotel, events centers, fairgrounds, sporting arenas, nonprofit establishment, or a substantially similar venue.
    • Movie Theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are permitted and must continue to follow current drive-in movie theater guidance.
    • Museums/Zoos/Aquariums are closed for indoor service.
    • Real Estate: Open houses are prohibited.
    • Wedding and Funerals: Ceremonies are limited to a total of no more than 30 people. Indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are prohibited.
    • In-Store Retail shall be limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, and common/congregate seating areas and indoor dining facilities such as food courts are closed.
    • Religious Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. Congregation members/attendees must wear facial coverings at all times and congregation singing is prohibited. No choir, band, or ensemble shall perform during the service. Vocal or instrumental soloists are permitted to perform, and vocal soloists may have a single accompanist. Outdoor services must follow the Outdoor Dining Guidance, found here(External link), applicable to the structure or facility.
    • Professional Services are required to mandate that employees work from home when possible and close offices to the public if possible. Any office that must remain open must limit occupancy to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.
    • Personal Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.
      • Personal service providers include: cosmetologists, cosmetology testing, hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tanning salons, and tattoo artists.
    • Long-term Care Facilities: Outdoor visits are permitted. Indoor visits are prohibited, but individual exceptions for an essential support person or end-of-life care are permitted. These restrictions are also extended to the facilities in Proclamation 20-74, et seq. All other provisions of Proclamations 20-66, et seq., and 20-74, et seq., including all preliminary criteria to allow any visitors, remain in effect.
    • Youth and Adult Sporting Activities: Indoor activities and all contests and games are prohibited. Outdoor activities shall be limited to intra-team practices only, with facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.
    • NEW Singing in Enclosed Spaces: In all other circumstances not specifically addressed in this order, group singing, with or without face coverings, with members who are outside of a person’s household is prohibited in enclosed, indoor spaces. Outdoor singing, while participants wear face coverings, is permitted, so long as the activity otherwise complies with guidance specific to that activity.
  • Gov. Inslee Extends Current Restrictions Through January 11

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    In mid-November the Governor implemented a series of restrictions to try to curb the spread of COVID-19; today he extended those restrictions through January 11.

    On December 30, Governor Inslee announced an extension of the tighter restrictions he implemented on November 16 through January 11. Click here for the proclamation and here more information on the restrictions.

  • Coronavirus Fact Sheets

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  • Inslee announces additional COVID-19 financial support

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    On November 20, Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor was joined by Lisa Brown, Department of Commerce director, for the announcement.

    "We know this pandemic is taking an economic toll," Inslee said during a press conference Friday. "On Sunday we announced $50 million in business supports, but after more discussions with legislators and our agencies, we’ve agreed on how to more than double that."

    In addition to funds announced on Sunday, the total new economic supports amount to $135 million. Included in that total is:

    • $70 million in business support grants.
    • $30 million for the recovery loan program.
    • $20 million for rental assistance.
    • $15 million for energy bills for low-income households.

    Included in the $70 million in business support grants is $50 million for a new round of Working Washington grants focused on the hardest-hit industries. Remaining funds will go toward historically disadvantaged businesses who applied for earlier business grants and bolstering Commerce’s business resiliency network.

    "We know this is hard on these small businesses, and we know that this will not fully solve the burden so many business owners are shouldering," Brown said. "But it will help get some of them get through a difficult period. We are going to keep working with legislators, congress and other partners on securing additional support."

    The grants will be allocated first to businesses most impacted by both COVID-19 and the most recent measures taken to address public safety. Equity will also be a priority in making allocation decisions. In addition to the new funds, there will also be separate business support programs coming from local governments.

    "This is a significant relief effort," Inslee said. "I can’t say it’s going to help everyone, but I can say we are not done yet collaborating with our partners to find more funds."

    Find more information on available business assistance here.

  • Upcoming Mask Distribution Events

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    City Emergency Management Volunteers continue to distribute face coverings to the Mercer Island community. Here are details for upcoming distribution events.

    Upcoming Events

    Mask-Giving Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 21 from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the MICEC. Click here for details. Need one now? Masks are available (while supplies lasts) in the Police Lobby.

    Past Events

    Volunteers have handed out more masks at City parks and in Town Center (pictures below). Volunteers have spent hundreds of hours helping out their fellow residents and have passed out over 11,200 masks - thank you, volunteers!











    King County also has mask distribution events. Click here for more information.

  • Reopening Washington - A Phased Approach

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    Wondering when your hair stylist can open or when you can eat out at your favorite restaurant? The state's four phased approach to reopening details when various industries can open and how they will do so.

    Updated May 20: Gov. Jay Inslee's phased approach to how Washington state will reopen businesses and modifying physical distancing measures.

    Businesses are expected to implement any additional requirements developed specifically for their industry. Moving forward, there will be four phases allowing more areas of the state to re-open after each phase. A minimum of three weeks is required between each phase.

    Phase 1: The state entered Phase 1 on May 5.

    Phase 2: King County entered Phase 2 on June 19.

    Additional expansions of outdoor recreation activities would be allowed, as well as small gatherings of 5 or fewer people, new construction and in-store retail purchases with health restrictions. Barber shops and salons could reopen and house cleaning services. Restaurants could reopen with 50% capacity and table size no larger than 5. Some professional services and offices could open as well, even though teleworking would remain strongly encouraged. Pet care services including grooming could resume.

    Phase 3: Gatherings of 50 people or less, including sports activities, would be allowed, and non-essential travel could resume. Restaurants could move up to 75% capacity and tables up to 10 people, and bars at 25% capacity; gyms and movie theaters could reopen at 50% capacity; retail, libraries, museums and government buildings could reopen. Recreational facilities like pools could open at 50% capacity. Nightclubs and entertainment venues would still not be able to reopen.

    Phase 4: Would involve resuming the majority of public interactions. Gatherings of more than 50 people would be allowed, but still while practicing social distancing. On June 27, Gov. Inslee and Sec. John Wiesman put a pause on county progressions to Phase 4.

    Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces. Watch Gov. Inslee’s press conference.

    Essential Business Guidance

    Many parts of the economy are already allowed to operate safely as essential businesses. For a list of essential businesses click here.

    Challenge Seattle and the Washington Roundtable have developed a business checklist which is a great starting point for businesses as they prepare for a Safe Start. Our shared goal is to establish clear requirements that everyone can understand and apply — employers, workers and customers.

    These phases depend on continued success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and meeting four capabilities including:

    • health care system readiness
    • testing capacity
    • ability to do contact investigations
    • ability to protect high-risk populations.

    Find more information on that here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard

    Not every part of the state is experiencing #COVID19 the same way. County variances are allowed. Smaller counties could reopen. Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents not hit hard by #COVID19 will be able to apply to the Department of Health for a variance that will allow the county to open to the second phase. Cities and counties can also take more strict actions than what the state is mandating. That is up to them based on their public health needs and local decision making.

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