City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
March 24, 2020

#Inland Strong
Each day, information evolves about Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19). At the City, we want our citizens and visitors to know that we are working to reduce the spread of this disease in our community, continue to provide critical City services, and address impacts of closures of schools, business and events.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy and City Operations
You can be assured the City will continue to provide critical public services under the new “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday. 

“Your City is here for you,” says Mayor Nadine Woodward. “We will continue to provide the essential City services you need now and in the coming weeks. I want to thank our City employees for their dedication to our community during this challenging time.”

Public safety response, delivery of clean drinking water, wastewater treatment, management of the street system, and curbside pickup of garbage will continue as usual. The City’s parks, open spaces, and trails remain accessible for mental and physical health, while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. 

“We love that the community can find a reprieve in the outdoors during this challenging time,” says Garrett Jones, the City’s Parks & Recreation Director. “We just ask people to follow the guidelines on social distancing and slowing the spread, and to please be courteous to one another and our treasured parks.” 

Meanwhile, other services will change in response to the order. For example, sports fields, picnic shelters, skate parks, and basketball courts are now closed to all multi-person activities. Gatherings in public parks also are prohibited. City golf courses will close at the end of the day on Wednesday. Neighborhood cleanups programs have been cancelled at this time. The City still is evaluating other possible changes. 

Many City services can be accessed over the phone or online, including customer service support, permit applications, code enforcement complaints, and more. Citizens can call 3-1-1 or go online to to be directed to services. A full list of service changes is found on the City’s web site
How will Stay Home, Stay Healthy Be Enforced?
The Spokane Police Department’s primary role in supporting Governor Inslee's stay at home order is to help educate the community about how to comply. We are not being asked to detain, arrest or ticket those outside compliance. Our intent is to help Spokane residents by educating them on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep their families safe and how to keep the rest of the community safe.  

We understand some people need to carry out essential tasks such as securing food, water, medical care, and gas. When officers encounter people not complying with the stay at home order, we will remind them, as appropriate, of the recommendations and restrictions. No law enforcement agency has any desire to make arrests for violations.

The Spokane Police Department is counting on everyone to self-regulate and to encourage friends and neighbors to do the same. Self-regulating and heeding the governor’s order will allow our police to continue its strong focus on crime prevention and public safety. Rest assured that the Spokane Police Department will continue to serve you every minute of every day in a professional and compassionate manner.
Washington State Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
Governor Jay Inslee took additional action to increase social distancing efforts in his public address . He will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. There is a list of resources for workers and businesses available on the Governor's website.
Mayor's Update
March 23, 2020
City Council Recap
March 23, 2020
Stay in the Know
The Spokane County Emergency Coordination Center has been activated to respond to COVID-19. For daily updates and official local information follow Spokane COVID Response on Facebook and
On the Bright Side
In times like these it's important to notice the good things. We want to share the moments along the way that help tell the story of Spokane's strength in community. This was a message from Edward sent to us via Facebook this morning:
A great example of #InlandStrong!
FREE 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core will allow citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Check out this list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery options.
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