In my neighborhood I’m starting to see the tips of tulips and daffodils poking up; trees and shrubs are budding with new life – all signals that spring is just around the corner – a time of new growth and new beginnings.
All around our city there are signs of hope and a fresh start. Our infection and hospitalization rates continue to slow, and vaccination availability is improving. Under Phase 2, we’re seeing more businesses and restaurants opening up and adding capacity. This week we kicked off Everett Restaurant Month, which supports our local restaurants, cafes and bars with a month-long offering of great deals and deliciousness. I hope you’ll show them some love! And our schools are beginning a phased, hybrid return to in-person education. I know it will be a bit of an adjustment for our young learners, teachers and parents alike, and I am grateful to our education partners for their hard work to help make this as smooth a transition as possible. Also, this week we opened up our libraries with new public health measures in place. Our library teams are doing everything they can to ensure visiting the library remains a safe and welcoming experience.
These are just some examples, and more will hopefully follow soon if we can keep up this positive momentum. We’ve been through some dark times and we still have a ways to go, but spring is in the air! Please get outside, enjoy the beginnings of the season, share kindness and continue our commitment to help keep each other and our community safe. Thank you and be well.