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 residents to practice standard safety measures that will help protect all of us: wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.
San Juan County is currently observing the guidelines established by the Washington Road Map to Recovery. Restaurants and retail businesses, including hair salons, realtors, book stores, etc., are open with some restrictions. While certain group sizes and activities are restricted, our public lands, scenic vistas and quiet surroundings can be enjoyed by everyone.
We’ll keep you posted on our status! Stay healthy and help others do the same.
For current information specific to San Juan County visit the Covid 19 Information page for weekly updates and information on ‘Hot Topics’ affecting the islands.
Caring for Lopez Island Health
In line with Governor Inslee’s order, the mask mandate for San Juan County will be lifted.
- This will eliminate indoor masking requirements, including in schools – but please note that some settings, including healthcare facilities and long-term care facilities, will still have masking requirements in place.
- There are also federal requirements in place for transportation systems, including Washington State Ferries and air travel that may continue to require masking.
- There will still be families, individuals, and businesses that choose to keep masks on. That’s a perfectly reasonable approach and should be met with understanding.
- Please be patient as businesses, individuals, and organizations work to adjust to the lifting of masking requirements. The first couple of days of any transition are always a little clunky and it will take time for signs to come down and everyone to recalibrate.