Letter: Island Leaders Say Stay Home For Holidays
As cases spike dramatically in San Juan County, Washington, and the United States, we would like to urge islanders to scale back their holiday plans.
Over recent months, we’ve been able to enjoy a slow reopening of our islands. Restaurants, gatherings, shops, gyms, and most recently schools have all made slow progress towards returning to a limited version of normal.
Those gains are now at risk, and the prospect of upcoming holiday travel is looming as an even greater threat to the health and livelihood of our community.
We urge all islanders to stay local and keep your holiday gatherings small.
Now is not the time to host family from across the state or beyond. Now is not the time to gather indoors with those from outside your household. Now is not the time to leave the islands to visit others. And now is certainly not the time to get on an airplane.
Now is the time to keep it simple and local, mask up, and protect our community and those most at risk.
Stay healthy, stay home.
Eric Webb Superintendent, Orcas Island Schools
Fred Woods Superintendent, San Juan Island Schools
Mark Tompkins Director, San Juan County Health
Jennifer Swanson Superintendent, Shaw Island School
Dr. Dale Heisinger Chair, San Juan County Board of Health
Travis Ayers President, Luxel Corporation
Sandy Bishop Executive Director, Lopez Comm. Land Trust
Brian Auckland Superintendent, Lopez Island Schools
Jamie Stephens San Juan County Council
Adam Eltinge Owner, Island Petroleum Services
Jack Estrada Interim Chief Admin. Officer, Peace Island Med. Ctr.
Kai Sanburnm Lopez Island
Mike Thomas Manager, San Juan County
Duncan Wilson Administrator, Town of Friday Harbor
Victoria Compton Executive Direct., SJC Economic Dev. Council
Christa Campbell, Lopez Island Recovery Network
Brent Snow General Manager, Roche Harbor Resort
Laurie Orton Director, San Juan Island Library
Dr. Frank James Health Officer, San Juan County
Todd Nicholson Director, Port of Friday Harbor
Deborah Hopkins Executive Director, SJI Visitors’ Bureau
Rick Hughes Chair, San Juan County Council
Brendan Cowan San Juan County Emergency Management
Jacob Linnes Manager, Orcas Island Market
Phil Heikkinen Director, Orcas Island Library
Bill Watson San Juan County Council
Iris Graville President, Lopez Island Hospital District
Anne Presson Superintendent, Orcas and Lopez Public Hosp. Districts