COVID-19 Update from Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber (as of March 16, 2020)
Date: Mar 16, 2020Port of Everett Modifies Administration and Marina Services through March 31, 2020; International Seaport and Cargo Operations to Maintain Normal Operations
The Port of Everett is committed to protecting the health of our community and employees. Therefore, in a protective measure, the Port of Everett is modifying its operations to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Today, I issued an emergency declaration and transitioned the Port to Emergency Operations status through March 31, 2020. This action includes closure of the Port’s Administration and Marina Offices to the public effective March 17 – 31, 2020, and implementation of modified workplace policies for Port staff.
The Port will continue to serve the needs of our maritime customers at the Seaport. It is important to us that we maintain reliability and predictability at these critical facilities to keep our economy moving, especially in support of the aerospace community.
During the office closures, Port employees that can work from home will do so in an effort to provide as much service to our stakeholders as possible via a virtual environment. Port-wide Security, and Marina fuel dock and haulout services will not be affected by the office closures. Slipholders will continue to maintain access their boat(s), and the public boat launch and waterfront public spaces will remain open. Public and private construction projects at the Port are anticipated to continue as planned, including the Kimberly-Clark cleanup project.
The health and welfare of Port employees, their families and constituents are my top priority. I am making this shift as a precautionary measure to further our part in slowing the spread of the virus. This announcement is not intended to create a sense of fear or uncertainty, rather, to provide the Port the flexibility and tools necessary to support continuity of operations. As a Port District, it is our responsibility to act and to ensure essential, mission critical maritime functions continue to be met in responsible way.
Our team has developed an FAQ sheet to help address anticipated questions. You can access the FAQ document here. We will continue to update this document as questions arise, or as any changes occur.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this together.
For more information, or if you have questions related to Port of Everett operations, contact Catherine Soper, Public Affairs Manager, at 425-388-0680 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.