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and, further, exercising the Governor's emergency powers under RCW 43.06.220 by <br /> prohibiting certain other; and <br /> WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sustained global economic <br /> slowdown, as well as an economic downturn throughout Washington State, with layoffs <br /> and reduced work hours for a significant percentage of the local and state-wide workforce <br /> due to substantial reductions in business activity, which in turn contributed to employee <br /> layoffs and substantially reduced work hours, causing significant economic hardship; and <br /> WHEREAS, this significant economic hardship disproportionately affected low- <br /> and moderate-income workers, resulting in lost wages and potentially the inability to pay <br /> for basic household expenses, including rent; and <br /> WHEREAS, the inability to pay rent by the affected members of our community <br /> increased the likelihood of eviction from their homes, increasing the life, health, and safety <br /> risks to a significant percentage of our people from the COVID-19 pandemic; and <br /> WHEREAS, on March 18, 2020, and then on April 16, 2020, Governor Inslee <br /> issued his Proclamations 20-19 and 20-19.1, respectively, prohibiting landlords, property <br /> owners, and property managers from evicting, displacing or otherwise removing tenants <br /> from residential rental properties, or taking steps toward the same; and <br /> WHEREAS, Proclamation 20-19.1 issued on April 16, 2020 includes statewide <br /> direction that restricts landlords, property owners, and property managers from treating <br /> unpaid rent or other charges as an enforceable debt or obligation where such non- <br /> payment was as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and that precludes the ability to <br /> attempt to collect rent unless the landlord, property owner, or property manager <br /> demonstrates through a preponderance of evidence to a court that the resident was <br /> Resolution No. 5524 <br /> June 1, 2020 <br /> Page 2 of 6 <br />