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Posted on: April 30, 2020

North Bend Summer Events with Large Gatherings Likely to be Cancelled

Consistent with Governor Jay Inslee’s recent order to continue social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, event planners are required to comply with the Governor’s order. Each permit submitted to the City that is required to hold these events must include plans that demonstrate compliance with the Governor’s order as a matter of public safety. 

The City will not issue any special use permits or other permits for events that encourage large gatherings without this information. This includes annual events that occur in the spring and summer. These events include marathon races, music events such as the Blues and Jazz Walk, the Downtown North Bend Block Party and other activities that attract large gatherings.

“Our citizens’ health is of utmost importance and we must adhere to public health guidance and Governor Inslee’s directives in our efforts to keep everyone safe,” Mayor Rob McFarland said.

Even though the Gov. announced on April 27th the re-opening of partial outdoor recreation activities such as fishing, hiking, hunting, golfing and the day use of state parks, these activities are only allowed with appropriate safety measures. He also iterated that public gatherings are not resuming at this time.  The City will await further guidance from Gov. Inslee on Friday for decisions on what types of activities will be allowed and when. 

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