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Traffic delays and congestion are likely near Anacortes this weekend as thousands of people plan to gather in protest of fossil fuel use, according to a news release from the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management.

Break Free PNW participants plan to be in the area this Friday through Sunday near the March’s Point refineries and at locations throughout Anacortes.

Drivers on State Route 20 between Anacortes and Deception Pass should expect congested traffic, lengthy delays, and should plan additional time into their travel schedules. Drivers should also be alert to pedestrians and cyclists near the highway. Those on the water this weekend should be alert to U.S. Coast Guard vessels operating in Padilla and Fidalgo bays.

“This is an event of unprecedented size for our area,” said Mark Anderson, Skagit County Department of Emergency Management Director. “Our top priority is ensuring that everyone in the March’s Point area remains safe during the weekend. To that end, visitors and residents can expect to see a higher-than-normal concentration of law enforcement and first responders in the area.”

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) urges people to plan ahead for congestion in the Anacortes during the weekend. Residents are also advised keep the 9-1-1 lines open for emergencies; they can call the Skagit County Emergency Coordination Center information line at 360-416-1880 for information or questions about the protest response.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times