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ALL events scheduled in the City of Rainier are cancelled until further notice.Rainier Round Up Days: CANCELLEDThe Bluegrass Festival: CANCELLEDViking Fest: CANCELLED

City of Rainier

A Letter from the Mayor

Greetings Citizens of Rainier:

A few weeks ago, I personally did not envision Rainier being in the position of fighting for the safety and well-being of every member of this community.  As this COVID-19 virus continues to spread, I now see the significance in giving some direction to our community to avoid the repercussions of what may lie ahead.  We are in uncharted territory as nothing like this has ever happened before.  It was just a week ago that this became a reality for me personally.  I lost a good friend/work colleague within a matter of 7 days.  He went from visiting with his grandkids, to being sedated on a ventilator and sadly he lost his fight with this virus.

This pandemic is particularly dangerous to our seniors and those with compromised immune systems or other underlying conditions.  I know news like this is never easy, but if I have learned anything about our tight-knit community of Rainier, it's that despite our differences, in times like these we come together, support one another, and understand that difficult and unpleasant decisions must be made.

While we are lucky to have some of the world's best healthcare institutions in the surrounding Seattle area, their capacity is limited and therefore, we must realize that each of us has a role in the health and well-being of ourselves, families, friends, and community.

Statistics are showing that the implementation of social distancing (standing 6 ft apart and avoiding large gatherings) and other protective actions can slow the spread of a disease, like COVID-19.  At this time, I am encouraging everyone to do their part.  If possible, please keep yourselves at home and only go out if completely necessary.  If you do have to go out, please try and support our local businesses.  Community support at this time will be very much appreciated during these hard times.

As a precautionary measure, the City has postponed all City Council Meetings, Planning Commission Meetings and Arts Commission Meetings. The City Hall is also closed to the public, in order to protect the City of Rainier employees.  We still want to be able to serve the citizens of Rainier so the city employees will still be available by phone.  Any payments can be put in the mail slot in the door.  If you see our public works employees out and about, please give them the courtesy of social distancing as they are a vital part of keeping our community running in so many different ways.  In addition, to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to the senior population, all senior classes, programs and activities at the Rainier Senior Center have been canceled until further notice.

Each of us needs to do what we can to keep ourselves and our fellow community members healthy.  It all starts by practicing good hygiene (washing those hands for 20 seconds with soap and hot water and covering coughs and sneezes).  Social distancing by staying a minimum of six feet away from others.  Avoid large gatherings of any kind.  If you are exposed to someone who develops the virus you must take proactive measures to quarantine (self-isolate) yourself from others for 14 days.

Please understand that if we successfully adopt the strategy above, we will contribute to "flattening the curve."  We are in this together and will hopefully come out stronger than ever.

I wish you and your families the best during this time.

Mayor Bob Shaw



Call: (360) 446-2265

Fax: (360) 446-2720


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