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North Central Washington to move to Phase 2

(Originally posted on February 12, 2021)

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Chelan and Douglas counties would be moving to Phase 2 of the revised COVID-19 reopening plan. The change starts Monday.

Under Phase 2, the following is allowed:

  • Indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.
  • Weddings and funerals can be conducted indoors, at limited capacity
  • Museums and theaters open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Sports considered low to moderate risk for transmitting coronavirus can be played indoors.

What are you excited about reopening? What questions do you have? Let us know here.


Chelan and Douglas libraries will soon be open for curbside pickup

(Originally posted on August 28, 2020)

Under Gov. Jay Inslee’s updated Safe Start plan for counties in modified Phase 1, curbside library services can now resume. NCW Libraries in Chelan and Douglas counties will offer curbside pickup and reopening book-return drops starting Sept. 14, according to district spokesperson Michelle McNiel. Mail Order Library services will also resume on the 14th.

Are you excited for curbside pickup? What's been on your reading list? 

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East Wenatchee considers 'streatery' option for Valley Mall Parkway. Thoughts?

(Originally posted on August 17, 2020)

Tomorrow, the East Wenatchee City Council will discuss whether to allow businesses on Valley Mall Parkway to extend to the street for additional outdoor seating, according their council meeting agenda package. The strip between the Wenatchee Valley Mall and 9th St NE would have the ability to convert on-street parking into a streatery, a small strip of street area blocked off for private business use, to comply with "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" regulations. Businesses would be limited to three parking spaces.

Currently, sidewalk business is not permitted at Valley Mall Parkway because the area does not meet ADA requirements for pedestrian access. The pilot permit would be in effect for six months. One business along the strip is interested in extending to streatery-style seating.

In late July, Gov. Jay Inslee announced tighter restrictions for indoor and outdoor eating, including:

  • Limiting indoor dining at restaurants to members of the same household. People meeting from different households can still dine outdoors.
  • No indoor service at any bar, brewery, tavern, winery or distillery, regardless of whether food is being served.
  • Restaurants must also close down game areas, such as for video games, pool tables and darts, until their county has reached the fourth phase.

What are your thoughts on the streatery option? Find the full agenda here:

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the East Wenatchee City Council was considering shutting down Valley Mall Parkway from the Wenatchee Valley Mall to 9th St... (More)


The heat’s here: Are pools and lakes open? And safe?

(Originally posted on July 27, 2020)

World file photo/Don Seabrook

With a heat advisory in effect for the Wenatchee Valley starting today, residents might be flocking to the water for a chance to cool down. Yet, most pools and water parks, most recently including Slidewaters, are closed for the 2020 season. This generated a discussion on NABUR regarding the safety of opening the water park versus the safety of public parks, especially as public parks become packed with people.

“I think being at Slidewaters with only a [percent] of capacity, in the chlorinated water, has got to be better than the crowds of people at the parks around the lake,” NABUR user Mary R. commented on the discussion. What do you think? Join the conversation here.

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the virus can spread to people through water, though the health agency still recommends following proper safety precautions. It is still recommended to maintain six feet of distance both in and out of the water. Face coverings are also recommended to be worn out of the water, and the CDC advises bringing two face covers in case one gets wet.

Social distancing at public pools may be especially hard during peak times in the season when large crowds are fenced into the pool area. The chances of being exposed to the virus are most prevalent in indoor spaces around the pool, such as bathrooms and changing areas, according to The New York Times.

Yet, some... (More)