We’ve made it through a difficult year, and now we’re seeing some relief. Today, June 30, Whatcom County and the rest of Washington State will lift most restrictions. We’ll be putting all the stages, phases, safe-starts and road maps behind us!
But this doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.
Before we get carried away, let’s first establish that Washington’s reopening does not mean we’re out of the woods. COVID-19 is still here, it’s still evolving, and there are still lots of people who haven’t been vaccinated. Some COVID prevention measures need to remain in place.
Why Are We Reopening Now?
Restrictions are being lifted because statewide measures of COVID-19 activity - case rates, hospitalizations and deaths - are low and declining, and have been for a couple of months.
Additionally, the vaccination rate has continued to climb, which has contributed to the decline in disease activity. Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, we’re able to start getting back to the moments we miss, the activities we enjoy, and the people and places we love.
What Reopening Does and Doesn’t Mean
Here’s a quick breakdown of what will change as of June 30 and what will stay the same:
What Reopening Means for Our Services
Our offices will reopen to the public by appointment only at our Girard Street location, beginning July 1. Our facilities at State Street will remain closed to the public.
What Reopening Means for You
If you are fully vaccinated, you are very unlikely to get or spread COVID-19. But it can still happen, so we suggest you bring a mask with you in case you find yourself in a crowded environment. That way, you’ll help protect people who haven’t gotten vaccinated, which may include those who are too young or are unable to be vaccinated because of a medical condition.
If you’re unvaccinated, we encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It’s easy, effective, safe and free. There are tons of places to get vaccinated now all over the county. Go to VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov to find a location near you. We also publish a weekly list of pop-up clinics that welcome walk-ins in Whatcom County at WhatcomCounty.US/CovidVaccine.