PORT TOWNSEND — In the wake of the two-county mandate requiring restaurant and bar staff to check patrons’ vaccination status, The Chamber of Jefferson County is offering a free program on de-escalation.
This hour-long workshop, open to business people in Clallam and Jefferson counties, will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday. To sign up and receive the Zoom link, visit https://www.jeffcounty chamber.org/events/.
“We understand the extra challenges faced by many of our North Olympic Peninsula businesses,” as they work with various health mandates, chamber membership manager Tristan Mortarotti said in a press release.
Jud Haynes, the Port Townsend Police Department navigator and a licensed mental health counselor, plans to open with a talk about how de-escalation works. He’ll walk through a few scenarios, then respond to questions from the audience.
In an interview on Friday, Haynes sought to define de-escalation without using too much jargon. To de-escalate a situation, he said, is to help an agitated person move from a high state of tension or stress to a calmer state.
Haynes added he hopes to provide coping strategies for business owners, so they might help their employees work with the proof-of-vaccination and masking rules.
Prior to the workshop, viewers can submit questions about their specific concerns. These questions should be emailed to ad[email protected]
Since Sept. 4, bars and restaurants have been ordered by Clallam-Jefferson health officer Dr. Allison Berry to verify that customers 12 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
A Peninsula-wide mask mandate, in effect since Aug. 16, requires everyone age 5 and older to wear face coverings while not eating or drinking inside restaurants and bars. The order also applies to other indoor businesses and government buildings.
Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected] news.com.