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By David Pan 

Mayor has no regrets about reporting alleged business violation

Series: Coronavirus | Story 136

Last updated 6/10/2020 at 6:32pm

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson stands by her decision to report a business that was allegedly violating the state's stay-at-home order.

Gregerson's name, along with those of other residents statewide, were released earlier this month by at least two groups on Facebook. The information, which appears to have been obtained by public disclosure requests, included business names and the names and contact information of those reporting the alleged violations. People had the option of not leaving a name or contact information.

The state launched a website in early April that allowed people to report businesses they suspected of violating Gov. Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order.

"A member of the public contacted me," Gregerson said. "I think it was a Facebook message. ... They contacted me and asked me to take action. I knew the state had the (online) form. That was the recommended process for questions about business activity."

The business in question was a pet groomer/sitter. At the time and currently, pet grooming is not considered an essential business, and therefore it is not permitted to be operational. Veterinary hospitals and clinics are allowed to be open, though.

Gregerson left her city email address as contact information, and she had no problem with the release of the information.

"Everything I do is 100 percent public," she said. "Everything I do is a public record."

Gregerson said that people generally voice two concerns when they see businesses that appear to be violating the stay-at-home order.

"They are really concerned about their own health and safety," she said.

The other issue is a matter of fairness when some businesses are complying with the state's directive and others are not.

"We should all be following the rules," Gregerson said.

The City subsequently has set up its own email address ([email protected]) where people can report businesses suspected of violations of the stay-at-home order.


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