EVERETT, Wash., July 1, 2020 – Snohomish County Parks is reminding residents to recreate responsibly and have safety as a priority during crabbing season, which opens in the region July 2 and closes September 7. The department is implementing safety measures at Kayak Point the first five days such as urging social distancing on the pier, requiring face coverings to enter the pier, increasing security and opening the boat launches early to help ease congestion. These extra measures are being taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on the Kayak Point pier, which is an incredibly popular crabbing location.
“Crabbing season will look a little different this year,” said Tom Teigen, Parks Director. “Public safety is always our number one priority, and while we are still in the pandemic, we have to find the balance of trying to keep the public safe and allow access. We will be requiring people wear a face covering and observe social distancing when using the pier at Kayak Point because it is a public space that could get crowded on the holiday weekend. We hope that people enjoy the beginning of crabbing season, recreate responsibly and think of others.”
The Kayak Point pier will be have six foot social distancing markers and face coverings will be required. People should plan ahead and arrive early, as there is limited parking and carrying capacity. The boat launch will open an hour early at 6 a.m. July 2-6, 2020 to help spread out crowding. The Parks Department may close the pier if it gets too crowded for public safety.