In order to increase distance measures in the wake of COVID-19, the Seattle Center Monorail will temporarily close for three weeks, effective March 16 at 7 pm.
Seattle Monorail staff are expecting the closure to last until at least April 6 but will be monitoring conditions.
Effective March 16, 2020 at 7:00pm, Seattle Center Monorail will temporarily close. We expect this closure to go until at least April 6, but will continually assess conditions as we determine a date for reopening. pic.twitter.com/Dfi0iHYXUQ
— Seattle Monorail (@SeattleMonorail) March 16, 2020
This news comes a day after King County Executive Constantine and Dr. Duchin announced new measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.
“It is time, right now, for people to assume that they and everyone they meet is infected, to avoid any unnecessary interactions that might lead to further infection,” said Executive Constantine.
Grocery stores, gas stations, and other retail stores will remain open provided they meet Public Health regulations.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee applauded Executive Constantine for the decision, saying, “King County will shut down these establishments immediately. As the largest population center and current epicenter of this outbreak, they must act with even greater urgency… We’re in this together, Washington. How each of us responds matters.”
As of the latest update on March 16, King County has 488 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 43 confirmed deaths.