COVID-19 Update: Shoreline City employees to continue teleworking until 2021; Governor Inslee pauses Safe Start indefinitely
City of Shoreline joins other regional public sector employers in extending teleworking until 2021
The City of Shoreline is joining King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, the cities of Everett, Kenmore, Redmond, Seattle, and Tacoma, and the Port of Seattle and Port of Everett in taking a united approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maximize physical distancing by extending teleworking for its eligible employees until 2021. These governmental agencies are joining a growing list of companies and organizations that have stated they will be extending their telework policies through the end of the year, or even longer.
“We have to do all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many businesses and governments have found that remote work can be good for the organization and good for the employee,” stated Shoreline Mayor Will Hall. “Having some people telecommute makes way for others to report to a work site more safely. I am proud to support our regional efforts to promote telecommuting.”
Most of Shoreline City staff who can do their work from home have been doing so since late March. This will continue through the rest of the year.
"We are determined to do all that we can to slow the spread of this virus in our communities and keep our employees and residents as safe as possible,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We’ve learned a lot about our ability to adapt and respond amid this pandemic, and by taking a regional approach to telework, we can continue to meet the needs of residents, maximize physical distancing for people who need to report to work in person, and further stem the spread of COVID-19."
Governor extends Safe Start pause indefinitely
On July 28, Governor Inslee extended the pause indefinitely on counties moving ahead in the Safe Start Washington plan. This means King County will remain in Phase 2 for the foreseeable future.
Governor extends high-risk employee proclamation
The Governor has also announced the extension of proclamation 20-46.1, first issued in April, which relates to protections for high-risk employees and workers' rights.
As a result of new CDC guidance regarding people at increased risk for severe illness, the extension confirms that employees who are 65 and older continue to be covered by the proclamation and clarifies the processes for employers to seek verification of individuals with certain medical conditions.
The proclamation will remain in effect through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended.