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Mayor’s Statement Regarding the Statewide Restrictions for Four Weeks Announced on Nov. 15

On November 15, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. There has been a spike in cases in Washington, with over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend. Average cases in the state doubled over the past two weeks. We are in a more dangerous position than we were in March.

We must act now to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that our hospital systems won’t get overwhelmed. To do this, we are being asked to limit our indoor interactions. The restrictions will impact our social plans, the way we work, the way we exercise, and the way we get food at restaurants. For those of us in Kirkland, our lives have been upended by COVID-19 longer than any other Washington city, and we are all feeling pandemic fatigue. But we must continue to be strong.

The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 PM and will remain in effect until Monday, December 14. The modified restrictions of restaurants which will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 AM. More information is available at

Along with the restrictions announced yesterday, please continue to wear face coverings in public and shared spaces, both indoors and outdoors, as required by the statewide mandate.

We can find creative ways to connect with those we love, and we can still support our Kirkland businesses by ordering ahead and taking advantage of pickup and delivery options. To help connect you with Kirkland businesses, the City of Kirkland has created, a digital marketplace for businesses throughout Kirkland. Peruse and purchase right through the website or contact your favorite Kirkland businesses directly.

Thank you for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

(Click the image below to view the video statement.)

Mayor Penny Sweet talking in Council Chamber at City Hall

Read more about the Governor’s announcement and see the full guidelines here.