Mayor Woodward Responds to Closure of Restaurants, Bars

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, (509) 625-6740

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 8:40 p.m.

Mayor Nadine Woodward is issuing the following statement, after Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the closure of bars, restaurants and similar businesses:

"Tonight's order from the governor temporarily closing bars, restaurants, and entertainment and recreational facilities is extremely sobering. We are concerned for owners and employees of those establishments and are already rallying the community to support those most impacted by the COVID-19 response. We urge caution, courtesy, and calm as we all practice good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing, and care for those among us who are most susceptible to illness. The best thing we can do for restaurants is to take advantage of the takeout options to help through this difficult time. Spokane is resilient and rallies around its neighbors, friends, and loved ones. It's time to double down on that effort. We will get through this together."