Sequim to temporarily close Washington Street for July 4 shopping

SEQUIM — West Washington Street between Sequim and Second avenues will be closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

The closure will allow businesses to expand onto the sidewalk and provide additional space for customers to practice social distancing while shopping, city representatives said.

The street closure is said to be keeping with Sequim’s Open Streets and Special Events Initiative: “The City may provide outdoor picnic tables on City property, identify parking spaces for curbside pickup only, schedule street closures for safe shopping, allow additional signage and outdoor seating, permit art shows and performances in public spaces, locate hand sanitation near seating areas and at intersections, and at the discretion of the Public Works and Community Development Directors, temporarily waive fees required for Special Event Permits.”

Assistant City Manager Charisse Deschenes noted that “we are working with the Chamber of Commerce to support our local businesses without compromising the health and safety of their employees or customers. The street closure creates more space for businesses to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Safe Start’ Initiative.”

If successful, Deschenes said, it is anticipated that this type of street closure may be repeated or expanded over the summer months.

For more information, contact Deschenes at cdeschenes@sequimwa.gov or 360-681-3432.

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