Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:33 p.m.
Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward today is announcing plans to create a safe, healthy holiday season that’s still full of celebration and a spirit of giving.
The City of Spokane is working with local community partners on a plan that prioritizes new public health guidance and safely supports those who are struggling to adjust to the renewed restrictions during the holiday season, Woodward said.
The plan includes creative ways to approach traditional holiday activities, closer coordination with local small businesses and restaurants, and an emphasis on reinforcing desired COVID behaviors. It is based on the simple goal of creating a family-friendly environment that is consistent with current COVID public health guidance, supporting collective community health, and sustaining business districts citywide. Prioritizing public health has been the first and only rule as the City and its partners have brainstormed ideas for the plan.
“We need some joy in our lives while putting public health first and partnering to find ways to safely support everyone in our community who is struggling,” Woodward said. “The virus has put people at extreme risk and they are hurting and fatigued. The holidays are a chance to pull the community together in a way that reinforces all of the positive behaviors we see publicly and offer encouragement for even greater integration into personal lives.”
The idea for the plan began with a focus group of small businesses and associations who have been committed to implementing and following health guidance. Activities that were already in development have been adapted to align with current guidance. Others are still being developed and will be informed in part by a questionnaire that was sent Thursday to more than 9,000 small businesses and restaurants citywide.
Initially, the City and its partners are rolling out:
Other elements still in development include:
Additional information and announcements will happen as program development is finalized.
“We will continue working together to find safe ways to move all areas of our lives safely and responsibly past this virus,” Woodward said. “We are realistic about the challenge still in front of us and hopeful based on the resilience of the community that we turn the current corner together.”