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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Mayor Rescinds Executive Orders Addressing City Hall Operations During Pandemic

North Bend City Hall

Let’s get back to business in person! On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, Mayor Rob McFarland issued Executive Order No. 20-07. The purpose of the Order is to rescind previously issued Executive Orders 20-01 through 20-06, addressing operational aspects of City Hall during the COVID-19 pandemic, between February, 2020 and March, 2022. The following Executive Orders to be repealed are:

  • 20-01 Declaring an Emergency related to COVID-19
  • 20-02 Closing of Parks and Active Recreation Areas
  • 20-03 Wages and Benefits During Stay Home Stay Healthy Order
  • 20-04 Human Resources Services and Recruitment of Financial Analyst
  • 20-05 Use of Playgrounds and Recreational Areas
  • 20-06 Mandatory Vaccination and Masking Directive

Read Executive Order No. 20-07 HERE. Mayor McFarland expressed enthusiasm that North Bend is now able to move forward with the Order, which was preceded by extensive deliberation with City staff, the Human Resources Department and legal counsel. “After two full years of pandemic disruption to our community and city operations, I am pleased to make this move,” he said. “The vigilance and resilience of our community allows us to fully re-open City operations.”

The repeal of Executive Orders 20-01 through 20-06 come following a high rate of vaccination throughout King County, a decline in the number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, and it follows framework provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) framework, which currently classifies King County as at a “low COVID-19 Community Level”. The new federal guidelines move away from reviewing COVID-19 case counts, to a broader view of risk from the virus to a community. Learn more about the science behind COVID-19 Community Levels HERE.

This Order will become effective Friday, April 1st, 2022. The City of North Bend remains vigilant in monitoring King County’s Community Level and taking proactive measures to ensure ongoing safety of staff and visitors at City Hall, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way. The City will continue adhering to CDC guidance for testing, vaccinations, masking and quarantine.

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