“It is just inexcusable,” said Tom Norwalk, President and CEO of Visit Seattle. “In this city, which we protect civil rights fiercely, destruction, and violence, and even hate speech just really have no place in this city. I’m concerned because we know that the pandemic and recovery to this industry in this city is going to be years in the making and this does not help.”
Many businesses are still reeling from COVID-19 restrictions and closures.
Tack on the damage done by vandals and it’s become unbearable for many businesses.
Downtown Seattle Association said to date, 160 businesses have permanently closed—for one reason or another.