COVID-19 Updates (9/8/20)

The situation regarding coronavirus (C0VID-19) continues to evolve, and we want to share with you the most recent actions we are taking at Twin Bridges Marina (TBM) to protect the well-being of our team members and our customers.

The statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, first announced on March 19, ended on Sunday May 31. Washington’s economy is now on a path to recovery. The Safe Start plan is the state’s strategy to adapt to local conditions and optimize economic activity and public health.

The Safe Start plan is based on a county-by-county approach to reopening. Criteria for county phase advancement were described in a May 29 memo issued by the governor.

The plan allows for some Phase 1 counties to enter a “modified Phase 1” that permits some Phase 2 activities with modifications. Phase 2 counties are eligible to apply for Phase 3 after three weeks have elapsed under Phase 2.

The plan does allow for regression if public health conditions worsen. The counties may initiate a return to an earlier phase, or the Secretary of Health may return a county to an earlier phase if necessary.

“This phased approach to re-opening our economy will allow us to move forward with a careful and thoughtful balance of our state’s health and economic needs,” Inslee said. “However, if infection rates and hospitalizations for COVID-related issues go up, I would not hesitate to scale these efforts back down to protect public health and save lives.”

“The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” Inslee said.

Because TBM provides many of our customers with access to their homes in the San Juan Islands and there is a need for marina personnel to monitor and protect all TBM customer boats while in storage, TBM is considered by the state to be an essential form of business and thus allowed to continue essential operations.  Tom ‘n Jerry’s Boat Center is allowed to continue servicing and maintaining customer boats as well.

Here at TBM we our doing our best to practice social distancing and encourage others to do the same.  We have implemented the following best practices in order to comply with the spirit and intent of the state order:

  1. Our administrative offices are now open with limited capacity.
  2. All services and appointments are to be made via phone (Office: 360-466-1443). This includes service personnel scheduled to work on customer boats.
  3. We ask that you please assist in the launch and retrieval of your boat on and off the forks so that our operators can continue to operate safely while incorporating social distancing in their day to day operations.  Dock assistants will be present to assist with launch and retrievals while practicing social distancing but will not assist in loading or offloading personal belongings.
  4. TBM staff will regularly clean and disinfect gate, bathroom door, faucet and toilet handles.
  5. Every other outdoor work stand will remain vacant so as to allow adequate spacing between customers when able to do so.

Beginning June 8, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction.

Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety requirements. Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

It is important for everyone to understand that our ability to keep TBM open depends on customer’s understanding and complying with this state order to the best of their abilities.  If you travel is not essential, our recommendation is that you stay at home.  More stringent lock-downs may come from the state if enough people do not follow proper social distancing and best practices.

Thank you for your loyalty and understanding during this challenging time.  We will continue to monitor this situation and update our website if conditions change.