The 800 residents of the small town of Mossyrock, WA refused to comply with Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 restrictions and shutdown orders. The town passed a resolution last month to allow all of its 30 businesses to stay open.
According to the ordinance unanimously passed on Nov. 18, the town “…will not recognize” Inslee’s orders to temporarily prohibit indoor dining and to limit food service to outdoor seating or takeout.
Mayor Randall Sasser said when passing the measure that he had seen no data showing the local zip code has any cases or deaths. The mayor argued that suicides and economic devastation are a greater threat in their area, according to KIRO Radio.
“When we look at the shutdowns and everything that’s happening and there’s no data that says the Mossyrock area 98564 zip code has any cases or deaths, why then should we suffer as a city and as citizens following the governor’s mandate?” Sasser told KIRO host Dori Monson.
Sasser told KGW “We all understand that there is an issue here but when it comes to shutting down businesses and not looking at the other parts, domestic violence, the drug abuse, the alcoholism and suicide rates… it’s part of a discussion that has to happen.” Read more…