Governor Inslee and Secretary of Health Wiesman have announced a new limit on social gatherings, for counties currently in Phase 3 of reopening, effective Monday, July 20.
The new social gatherings limit impacts counties in Phase 3 of reopening, which Mason County is. Social gatherings should be reduced from a maximum of 50 people to a maximum of 10 people outside of your household per week.
Please note that these restrictions only impact social gatherings, not businesses operating under Safe Start guidance. Funerals, weddings, and religious gatherings are also exempt from this restriction.
Here’s what’s happening in Shelton, effective Monday, July 20:
- Play structures located in City parks will be closed.
- Parks and Recreation’s Adult Coed Softball League will be postponed.
- Any Civic Center rentals involving more than 10 people will be postponed.
We will continue to provide updates as necessary on the City’s website and social media with updates from City staff and the Civic Center.
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
UPDATE 6/23: The Civic Center, including the Customer Service Desk, has reopened to the public now that Mason County has moved into Phase 3 of reopening. If you're not comfortable coming into the Civic Center, Customer Service can be accessed by phone at (360) 426-4491 or you can pay utility bills online.
This webpage will be updated as new information and resources are available.
Check out Community and Business Resources for more information on available resources.
Last Updated: August 7, 2020
current COVID-19 demographics (mason county)
Source: Mason County Public Health
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS?
- City Council:
- City Council issued an Emergency Proclamation on March 5, 2020 to help ensure that Shelton is able to access state and federal COVID-19 resources as quickly as possible.
- Beginning with their upcoming April 7 meeting, City Council will be implementing several changes to ensure social distancing is followed according to guidelines from the CDC and WA State Department of Health. These changes include meeting in a larger conference room, postponing consideration of non-essential items, and temporarily suspending live public comment at meetings.
- City Manager/Administration:
- UPDATE 6/23: City staff have begun working a 32-hour workweek, and the Civic Center has reopened to the public.
- City Manager Jeff Niten will be reading emailed public comments at City Council (provided that they relate to City business, are submitted at least an hour before the meeting, follow Municipal Code guidelines for acceptable comment, and the writer expresses desire for their comments to be read aloud). This will ensure that community members are still able to participate in the governing process while maintaining social distancing.
- We are also working with Mason County, Shelton schools, and other business and community partners to share resources and complete, accurate information. We are also following any COVID-19 proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee’s office.
- Community Development/Parks and Recreation:
- UPDATE 3/26: To follow Gov. Inslee's stay at home order, building inspections will be suspended unless they meet specific criteria. We're also changing our inspection protocol. View the complete criteria and changes.
- The Civic Center will be closed to members of the public from March 20-March 30, 2020. This will help limit any potential spread of COVID-19, and give maintenance staff time to complete deeper cleanings.
- All Recreation programs have been canceled until May 15.
- All Civic Center rentals have been canceled until May 15.
- Park bathrooms will be closed until May 15. Parks will not be serviced by City crews during this time but will be maintained for safety.
- Municipal Court:
- Along with the rest of the Civic Center, Municipal Court will be closed from March 20 through March 30, 2020.
- If you need to get in touch with Municipal Court, call 360-426-9971, option 1.
- Municipal Court employees are working in staggered shifts to avoid contact with other employees and members of the public.
- Chief Moody and Central Mason Fire & EMS Public Information Officer Norma Brock called into IFIBERONE to discuss how the Police Department is working with other Mason County agencies to ensure law enforcement is able to work safely for our community.
- Public Works:
- The Wastewater Treatment Plant remains in operation and is essential to maintaining health and safety in Shelton. They strongly want to remind people to not flush anything other than toilet paper.
- City crews will not be conducting regular meter checks. Instead, averaging will be used to calculate each household’s usage. Customers will see this reflected on their April bills.
- We are in the process of creating some new processes and protocols for customers financially impacted by COVID-19. We are happy to work with any customer who needs help exploring their options—just give us a call.
- UPDATE 3/24: The City of Shelton has created a "Will Pay" program to assist community members who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Read more about the new program.
What is the latest information regarding Coronavirus?
Here are some sources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:
- Mason County All-Hazard News
- Mason County Public Health
- Washington State Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
What measures can you take to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay informed with the facts
Washington State Department of Health Hotline: 1-800-525-0127, press the # key
Mason County Public Health Hotline: 360-427-9670, ext. 599
Note: Both of these hotlines are experiencing heavy traffic, and might be temporarily unavailable.