Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Citizens for a Healthy Bay’s COVID-19 Safety Response

This community is everything to us at Citizens for a Healthy Bay, and we are dedicated to doing everything we can to contain the spread of COVID-19. We strongly believe in our shared vision of a clean and healthy Tacoma and South Puget Sound for everyone, and will continue working to achieve this goal. During this unprecedented time, we are deeply committed to not just our environment, but to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and CHB community as well. As the circumstances around public health continue to change, we wanted to share the precautions we are taking to “flatten the curve.”

Across the organization, Citizens for a Healthy Bay is diligently following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Workplace Recommendations for the next 30 days of Mitigation Strategies for Seattle-King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

Taking care of our staff team is important to us. Starting this week, CHB staff began working from home in order to minimize any potential spread of the virus. Our team will continue to receive their full pay and benefits during this time. CHB’s office will be closed for the next several weeks, but we are working remotely and encourage you to contact us through email. If you would like to contact a specific team member, please visit our staff webpage for their email address.

We are postponing upcoming advocacy forums, volunteer beach cleanups, education events, and special events until we know it is safe to hold these activities, and we will update the community via about these activities via social media (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) and through email (sign up for email updates).

We understand these are stressful and uncertain times, and our hearts are with everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19. Although current circumstances have temporarily forced us to change how we do things, our fierce commitment to achieving a healthy, clean future for everyone will never change. We will continue to advocate for positive environmental policy changes, safeguard our communities by patrolling the waters of South Puget Sound, push for the best possible contaminated site cleanups, and set a leading environmental standard that impacts other places around the world.

We know many of you are staying home to practice social distancing, work remotely, take care of your children while school is canceled, or all of the above. While social isolation is an important preventative measure in times like these, it can also be taxing and stressful. This is especially true when after the darkest winter in PNW history, we have to isolate ourselves during the first few days of REALLY nice warm weather. We are already going a bit stir crazy! That’s why, in the next few weeks, we’re going to be working on ways for all of you to digitally transport yourselves out of the house and onto a pollution patrol of Commencement Bay. No Dramamine required. Stay tuned for the video in the upcoming weeks!

Please keep yourself safe and the people in our community safe. The more we stand together as a community right now, the stronger we will be once this is all over.

Melissa Malott
Executive Director

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