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The island and city of Bainbridge Island, Washington, just across Puget Sound from Seattle, has imposed a hazard pay mandate on the community's two supermarkets.

According to a story in the Kitsap Sun, the city council was unanimous in its vote, "citing the pandemic and the risks grocery store workers face in their jobs and buoyed by the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a similar requirement in Seattle."

The story explains:  "The ordinance would apply to the island’s two grocery stores, Winslow Way’s Town & Country Market and a Safeway location on High School Road.

"The measure requires grocery store employers with between 500 and 2,000 employees worldwide to pay out a hazard pay rate of $2 per hour and employers with more than 2,000 employees to pay at a rate of $4 per hour. The requirement will remain in place until the City Council repeals the ordinance."

KC's View:

I'm just not sure what the rationale is - are the workers in these two grocery stores really more at risk than the employees at Bay Hay & Feed, or Skookum Clothing, or the Wildernest Outdoor Store, or Salt House Mercantile, or any of the other retailers operating on Bainbridge Island?  

I haven't seen the evidence.