Port of Anacortes COVID-19 Status Update: August 2020
The Port of Anacortes has continued our response and monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Port leadership and staff have implemented protocols to maintain the health and safety of our guests, employees, tenants and the community while also working diligently to maintain and maximize core and essential operations.
The Port has responded to the need for increased prevention and control response measures in all areas of our operation, especially the Cap Sante Marina. Marina staff have established controls throughout the operational footprint of the current guidance, including: Signage, Social Distancing, mask requirements, guest flyers, etc. We have also revised our custodial work plan, changing from a single daily task of cleaning to a 3 times per day cleaning, sanitation and disinfecting processes, followed by deeper cleanings twice a week.
Additionally, Port staff have been ensuring all employees, guests and tenants are aware of and adhering to the statewide mask mandate, which went into effect on July 26, 2020.
Reopening – Ensuring maximum protection for the health and safety of Port stakeholders has been our top priority, as the Port believes it has a critical role in assisting our Skagit County community and Washington state continue through the phased reopening and safely advancing toward the “new normal.” Recently, Port Commissioners and staff adopted a Start Safe Return Plan, aligned with Washington state guidance, which is an implementation tool that ensures Coronavirus Prevention Practices are deployed to safeguard all stakeholders from biological hazards and address known hazards at all Port facilities. Key elements include education, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, hand washing, and rigid protocol around sick and exposed employees.
We will continue communicating to customers, visitors and all stakeholders the importance of staying safe, such as: practicing good hygiene (hand washing, use of disinfectants, avoiding hand shaking), social distancing, wearing a mouth and nose covering when around groups of people in public, and staying home if you feel unwell.
Port Work – As communicated in our late-May update, the Port is continuing to move forward with The Big 4 Public Works Projects: 1) A-Dock demolition and replacement, 2) Quiet Cove Environmental Clean-up, 3) Pier 1 Piling Repair, and 4) Curtis Wharf Piling Repair and Cathodic Protection. Those projects remain on-course.
Events – Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Port has been forced to cancel our events we had scheduled for 2020. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and remain flexible during this time of uncertainty.
As changes occur to our health and safety protocols, operations or events schedule, we will continue to post updates. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments. We’re still here, always on and driving forward Anacortes.
Stay up-to-date on all information to the Port’s COVID-19 response at www.portofanacortes.com/covid.
For additional information, contact Dan Worra, Executive Director at (360) 299-1812 or by email at Dan.Worra@portofanacortes.com