Deer Park Chamber’s Letter to Inslee

Deer Park Chamber of Commerce 
316 E Crawford Avenue 
PO Box 518 
Deer Park, WA 99006 
(509) 276-5900
[email protected] 

May 1, 2020 

Governor Inslee 
416 14th Avenue SW 
PO Box 40002 
Olympia, WA 98504 
(360) 902-4111 

Dear Governor Inslee, 

As members of the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce, we wish to highlight what we have been doing as a business community in the Deer Park area to address this public health crisis. We have been working hard to follow the health advisory and are acting responsibly, taking wise precautions to prevent the spread of COVID19. We hope you can see that we are taking our responsibility to keep our community healthy very seriously. Our ultimate desire is to see our economy opened up in a safe and sustainable fashion. We feel the time has come for us to be granted the freedom to safely and sustainably open our community in a safe and timely way. We believe that our businesses and citizens are acting responsibly and have shown that we can carry this out in a prudent and level headed manner. 

We respectfully ask that you consider this preparation and readiness in opening the Deer Park region of Washington State. 

We are encouraged that we have yet to see any cases of the virus in our city and the surrounding communities. Our local government, schools, businesses, and places of community gathering have done an exemplary job in their compliance with safely shutting down. Over the past few weeks we have seen our essential businesses and services take on increasing personal responsibility in how they operate and endeavor to protect our community. They have provided a great model for other industries looking to return to work in a safe and sustainable manner. 

Here are some examples of how our entrepreneurs have collectively decided to safely conduct business going forward: 

● Taking temperatures (with a no touch device) of all individuals upon entering the establishment 
● Associates and volunteers wearing masks 
● Having hand sanitizer stations readily available at entrances and workstations 
● Leaving main entrance doors propped open to prevent shared handles 
● Adhering to 6 foot social distancing guidelines 

With the warmer weather upon us, it is increasingly easy to prioritize outdoor seating for our venues and eateries. We have modified our city regulations to allow for seating on outside lawns, parkways and other outdoor areas to ensure open air service. Critical veteran services could resume under safe guidelines, open air weddings and important milestones can be celebrated with social distancing precautions, and services mourning the loss of loved ones could be respectfully and appropriately conducted. 

As considerations are made toward a safe and sustainable opening, we ask that you strongly consider the unique situations in each region of the state and recognize their ability to act responsibly and autonomously. We believe that granting areas such as ours the power to get people back to work safely will help us rebuild our economy efficiently and effectively. 

Respectfully yours, 
Deer Park Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors and Members

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