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Mayor Harrell and Coalition of Health Leaders Launch New Youth Mental Health Initiative Focused on Prevention and Early Intervention

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Seattle youth and education, health, and community partners to announce the launch of Reach Out Seattle, a new initiative focused on prevention and early intervention of youth mental and behavioral health challenges. By uniting 12 sectors and stakeholders across the city, the initiative… Filed Under: Education and Youth, Public Health

Mayor Harrell Directs City Departments to Transition to Electric Leaf Blowers 

Advancing climate efforts and supporting quality of life, City departments directed to create a roadmap putting Seattle on course to fully transition from gas-powered leaf blowers no later than 2027 SEATTLE (May 26, 2023) – Today, Mayor Harrell announced a new directive to phase out the use of gas-powered leaf… Filed Under: Environment and Sustainability, Public Health

Mayor Bruce Harrell Signs Permanent Sick and Safe Leave Legislation to Expand Protections for Gig Workers

The New Law Also Expands Paid Sick Leave to More Types of App-Based Workers SEATTLE – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell signed into law new permanent paid sick and safe time (PSST) benefits for app-based workers. He was joined by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who sponsored the legislation. The City Council… Filed Under: Economic Development, Public Health

King County and City of Seattle announce updates to employee vaccine mandate

Following updated public health guidelines, King County and the City of Seattle will no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. In alignment with updated Public Health – Seattle and King County guidance, Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Bruce Harrell announced today that King County… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle COVID Emergency Proclamation to End After October 31

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that the City of Seattle is preparing for the next chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to officially end its Civil Emergency Proclamation after 10/31/22. This change aligns with Washington state and Governor Inslee’s decision to end the statewide state of emergency… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Recognizes October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

The national theme of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2022— #Every1KnowsSome1—illustrates the importance of public awareness and participation Seattle – Each year, the City of Seattle recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness and acknowledge the victims and survivors of abuse and its effects on families and communities.  … [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Suite of Legislation to Protect Reproductive Rights in Seattle

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed four bills into law to support access to abortion and reproductive healthcare in Seattle following the decision of the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Mayor Harrell was joined by Councilmember Lisa Herbold and Councilmember Tammy J. Morales, who sponsored two… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “The Supreme Court’s decision is dangerous, outrageous, and an unacceptable step back for generations of women now and to come. Just yesterday, the Supreme Court limited states’ ability to regulate guns, but today declared states can regulate bodies. We know… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces New Vaccination Strategies

Seattle – As the Omicron wave crests and over 90% of Seattle residents have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, today Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the City will pivot to a mobile, partner-led strategy to better reach unvaccinated families, as City vaccine clinics close over the next month. “Seattle and the country are entering the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Announces New COVID Testing Site and Expanded Options

Testing site at SPU opens Wednesday; new rapid PCR tests available in three locations later this month Seattle – As the Omicron surge in COVID cases continues, today Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced new and improved testing options for Seattleites opening this month. “As the Omicron variant continues to surge in our community and around the country so… [ Keep reading ]