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Spokane-Area Mayors To Push Federal Officials For More Covid Aid

Screenshot from Spokane Covid Response

This week, the mayors in Spokane County communities are going to raise their voices in support of more help for businesses and people who lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

“We are going to send out a letter to our congressional delegation, urging them to support additional Covid relief funds and also to extend the timeline for the millions of dollars that have already been deployed into our community and that, quite frankly, are a little challenging to get spent in the timeline that we’re working with right now," said Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward, in a briefing for reporters on Friday.

In addition to that, the mayor says her city is finding ways to help businesses targeted by the latest coronavirus restrictions.

“We want to highlight businesses throughout our city that are following public health guidance and also seeing good results, so that can then be a platform to encourage other safe behaviors, healthy behaviors in our own personal lives," she said.

Woodward announced a series of initiatives to provide healthy, family-oriented activities during the holiday season. They include a weekly winter Marketplace at the Riverfront Park pavilion on Wednesday afternoons in December and January.

She says the city will hold a Virtual Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, with a holiday tree walk and Trail of Lights holiday display at Riverfront Park throughout December. Woodward says the city also expects to reopen the park’s skate ribbon soon with a smaller-than-usual capacity. It’s also planning a drive-through holiday light show at Manito Park.