With air quality remaining “unhealthy for all” due to continued wildfire smoke and contaminated air, King County and the City of Seattle are extending the Smoke Relief Shelter at the Sodo Assessment and Recovery Center for another day. Closure is now expected on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
The emergency shelter opened on Friday, September 11 to offer a respite from the dangerous levels of smoke-filled air for people who are living unsheltered. Over 100 people stayed in the shelter last night. Shelter operator is the Salvation Army, with support from the Public Health Reserve Corps and County staff from several departments, including the Department of Community and Human Services.
Operations are extremely mindful of the continuing threat of COVID-19 transmission and efforts at the site are strongly focused on social distancing, hand hygiene, and use of facial coverings.
The county and city will continue to monitor air quality.