City of Edmonds again threatens to close fishing pier after night-time squidders violate mask rule

The City of Edmonds said Thursday that it will implement a one-week night-time closure of the Edmonds Fishing Pier unless those participating in squidding activities start wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

This the second time the city has threatened to close the pier due to COVID-19 safety violations. On Sept. 4, the city said it would be forced to shut down pier to all visitors unless more people complied with the state’s mask-wearing directive.

“Initially, after the first warning in early September, increase compliance was observed,” said Mayor Mike Nelson. “However, in the past couple of weeks visitors, parks staff and Edmonds police officers who patrol the area overnight have seen hundreds of night-time squidders standing shoulder to shoulder every night. Some have masks but many do not. To keep everyone safe, especially our community, we need visitors and fisherman to stay 6 feet apart and wear a mask.”

Police patrols have been increased and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been contacted for support, the city said.

If compliance does not improve, the pier will be closed during evening hours from 5:30 p.m. – 7 a.m. for one week beginning Oct. 12 “to communicate the seriousness and importance of social distancing and mask wearing,” the city said in its announcement. If there is no change in behavior after the pier reopens, it could remain closed at night for the duration of squidding season, which ends late November, the city said.

After the Sept. 4 warning, the city began a multi-lingual outreach campaign, posting mask and social distancing requirements in four languages on the pier. The city reported an increase in compliance and observed visitors asking each other to mask up.

Unfortunately, the city said, the evening and overnight hours are a different story. Despite police officers walking the pier overnight reminding visitors of the rules, the city has not seen a similar uptick in overnight compliance.

  1. This is what communism looks like. “Comrade you must wear a mask. After all it is for the greater good”. You’re outside, the breeze is blowing and what has happened to our freedoms? Slowly being removed block by block to destroy America. And covid is once again going to be ramped up to shut the the country down. Why? Because a nation in lockdown cannot see what is going on. Only information will come from the leftist media. We have become blinded because for the most part we have become unable to make informed decisions on our own. We have become accustomed to being told what to think and do.

    1. I agree with you, communist overreach. Most the old guys there fought communism in vietnam or fled communist countries. Let them squid in peace, some of these old timers wait all year for it. Have the cops go patrol a trader joe’s full of yuppie Karens who are happy to see communist in action. And WDFW, why do we still have them? For mask patrol and to make sure no one has an extra squid or two. What a joke.

    2. I’d have to disagree. There have always been limitations to your freedom – you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater for example. You seem to think requiring masks outdoors is unreasonable, OK, but clearly others disagree.

      Your comment about “covid is once again going to be ramped up” makes it sound like you don’t think COVID-19 is actually real. Which is clearly ridiculous. People die from COVID-19, every day. You think it’s a left-wing conspiracy? Then why did a republican president have to spend several days in a hospital because of it? Herman Cain, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2012 died of COVID-19. Over 200000 people in the US have died from COVID-19 so far.

      In a country with a Republican president, a Republican-controlled Senate, and a right-leaning Supreme Court, how exactly do you think a left-wing conspiracy would be able to shut the country down?

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