Mayor Durkan Issues Statement on Washington’s Statewide Reopening Date

SEATTLE (May 13, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today issued a statement in response to Governor Inslee’s announcement of a statewide June 30 reopening date and new Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance on masking.

“Weeks ago, we were facing a surge of new cases and hospitalizations. While the variants continue to be in our community, we have seen the collective impact of our vaccination efforts which have saved lives and moved us significantly down the path to reopening. Our new normal is coming in June, and it’s because of our community-wide commitment to getting vaccinated. The home stretch is here.

“Vaccinations have always been our road to reopening and recovery, and Seattle is helping to lead the state and nation with 74.6% of eligible Seattle residents who have started their vaccinations with more than 52% who have completed their vaccinations. Our expansion to young people who are 12-15 will allow even more of our community to be vaccinated.

“The CDC and DOH are paving the way for a fully vaccinated future. Get vaccinated to enjoy the things we miss the most: sporting events, gathering with friends and family, live performances, and supporting our small businesses. Get vaccinated to go without a mask in most situations. Get vaccinated so we can protect our community-wide health and safety.”