Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Friday that the city is closing all beaches, parks, and boat launches through Sunday over concerns of poor air quality due to smoke from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and California.
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“During this time, we really want people to know and understand how unhealthy the air is,” Durkan said during a Friday press conference.
Very unhealthy to hazardous air quality conditions across Washington
Seattle Public Library curbside pickup is also suspended through the weekend, and the Seattle Center will close its public restrooms through the weekend due to the lack of air conditioning and filtration systems.
Seattle Public Utilities will close Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area through Sunday. Rattlesnake Ledge Trail remains closed until further notice.
Homeless shelters
Alongside King County Executive Dow Constantine, Durkan also announced that the city would be opening a new “healthy air center” in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood for anyone experiencing homelessness. The site opens Friday afternoon, and will be able to provide clean air and shelter for up to 80 people for 24 hours each day until Monday.
The city’s Navigation Team is conducting outreach on Friday to refer homeless individuals to the shelter. King County Metro will assist with transportation.
Public Health – Seattle & King County is advising the city to make sure the shelter meets air filtration guidance and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That guidance also includes social distancing and hygiene measures. Face coverings will be provided, as well as no-touch hand washing

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