Big Exception List To Everett Mayor’s Order To Stay Home

March 20, 2020

Everett, Everett Government

Not sure promoting hair removal is the social distancing folks are looking for but it is on the list.

On Thursday Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin was promoting a new City of Everett sponsored website called Everett for Everett that allows businesses to identify as places where people can shop while practicing social distancing. Some places featured on the website include airbrush tanning, hair removal and private pilates classes. There are also tire service offerings, private jewelry shopping and auto sales.

There seem to be a lot of exceptions to this rule.

On Friday Mayor Cassie Franklin issued a Mayoral Directive to all city of Everett residents and business owners. The summary reads,

Mayor Cassie Franklin issued a mayoral directive on March 20 directing all city of Everett residents and business owners to stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business, government services or public infrastructure.

Everett residents and business owners are directed to stay home and limit all non-essential activities and interactions with others outside the home. Homeless individuals are not subject to this directive, but are strongly urged to find shelter. Government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.
If you do leave your home for essential activities, or if you go to work in an essential business or government function, follow social distancing practices, stay at least 6 feet apart from others and follow guidance from public health officials.

Here’s more advice from the directive.

How long should we stay home?

Everett residents and business are direct to stay home for as long its needed to protect public health. The City of Everett is closely monitoring the situation daily and working with our local and regional health experts and leaders.

What can I do?

Limit your travel and interactions outside the home and only participate in what is essential.

Essential activities include: Tasks essential to maintain health and safety. Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family, pets or household members, such as food and supplies necessary for staying at home.

Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running, provided they maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing.

Caring for a family member in another household, elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons

What shouldn’t I do?

Don’t engage in group activities with others. Don’t have all your friends over. Limit your interactions to immediate family or household, or engage with friends digitally. Don’t go shopping for non-essential goods. Don’t take unnecessary trips outside your home.

Is this mandatory?

We are in a state of emergency. Mayor Franklin is directing the people of Everett to do what they can to limit their interactions with others to help slow the spread of the virus. This is not a mandate.

Editor’s note: The directive lists the following things considered essential activities that people can partake in and could be seen as exemptions to the directive to stay home:

Essential services are those that provide essential business, government services or public infrastructure.

The directive does not apply to those going to work in an essential business or government functions, including:
Health care operations, including all training and educational programs and home health workers. Essential infrastructure, including construction of housing (residential and mixed-use), industrial and commercial projects currently underway; and operation of public transportation and utilities.

Businesses that supply products or services necessary to both maintain the functionality and/or safety of equipment, facilities, utilities, healthcare, national defense, all modes of transportation and critical supply chains used in other essential businesses.

Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores.

Food and beverage providers offering curbside pick up, delivery, take out or drive-thru services.

Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities.

Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities.

Gas stations and auto repair facilities.


Garbage collection.

Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses.

Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning.

Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers.

Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences.

Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work.

Roles required for any essential business to “maintain basic operations,” which include security, payroll and similar activities.

You can read the complete Mayoral Directive here: Mayoral Directive


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