Important links to connect you with efforts that support Lopez Island and San Juan County
What is open, what is temporarily closed, and safety plan updates. This info changes quickly and will be updated often
Caring for Lopez Island Health
The safety of our Lopez Island community is our highest priority. As we deal with the impact of COVID-19, the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce is encouraging visitors, and people whose primary home is somewhere other than Lopez, to postpone their travel plans to the island to help us manage the potential spread of the virus AND prevent overloading our limited health care and emergency care infrastructure. Coming to the island may provide some social distancing peace of mind, but you will be joining a community with limited essential supplies and limited response resources. We appreciate our part-time community members and their contributions to the well being of the island. We thank them for sheltering in their primary homes during this time and we look forward to their return when conditions are calmer.
Saturday, May 23 – San Juan County has been approved to move into Phase 2. This allows for a soft opening for our local businesses, with restrictions regarding safe distances and use of personal protective equipment. This means that restaurants and retail businesses may open, including hair salons, realtors, book stores, etc. Some of our approved businesses have decided not to open until we enter Phase 3, when non-essential travel to and from the island is allowed.
Transient accommodations remain closed by order of our Health Officer through May 31. For more information on Washington State’s Phased Approach.
San Juan County continues to recommend that anyone coming to the islands, or returning from a trip to the mainland, no matter the length of the trip:
- Follow the Governor’s order limiting all non-essential travel
- Aggressive hand washing prior, during and following an allowed trip
- A self-imposed 14-day quarantine after return to ensure COVID-19 containment
- Having supplies on hand for quarantine in advance of mainland travel
Executive Director Position Open
Ever considered living and working in the San Juan Islands? This may be your opportunity.
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