City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
May 29, 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. For the most recent and local data on cases and outcomes, visit .
Governor Update
Governor Inslee announced today the expansion of Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening plan. The expansion comes as the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ends midnight Sunday. The expansion moves Washington through the phased reopening on a county-by-county basis. With this new approach, counties will have more flexibility to demonstrate they can safely allow additional economic activity based on targeted metrics.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos commits $25M to WA
Mayor Nadine Woodward and Council Member Betsy Wilkerson share good news! Wednesday, Innovia Foundation and Eastern Washington funding partners joined in the launch of the statewide coordinated effort, All In WA, a movement for giving back and stepping up to help those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Community members can donate locally to the Eastern Washington COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Learn more here.
Northwest Passages with Mayor Woodward
Mayor Nadine Woodward gives an update on the reopening of Spokane to Spokesman-Review reporter Adam Shanks on the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum livestream Thursday, May 28. Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward implored Governor Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health to allow the county to enter Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Now that it’s entered Phase 2, she’s imploring Spokane residents to make sure the county stays there.
Restaurant + Retail Recovery Plan
Mayor Nadine Woodward signed an Executive Order, adopting the City of Spokane’s Restaurant and Retail Recovery Plan that today was approved by City Council. The Mayor’s plan paves the way for local restaurants and retail shops to gain access to sidewalks, on-street parking stalls, and parking lots to expand dining and retail sales areas to meet social distancing requirements. Labor & Industries will be issuing citations and fines for those businesses not following the Safe Start program. For more information, please visit our Restaurant + Retail Expansion Program webpage.
Paid Parking Enforcement Starts Monday
If you have been utilizing downtown parking since fees were suspended due to COVID-19, it’s time to go back to regularly scheduled parking fees. As Spokane begins to reopen over the next several weeks on-street parking compliance is essential in managing turnover for businesses who rely on customers accessing their locations throughout the day. Learn more about what the phased-in plan looks like on the City's website.
City and County Team-Up for Recycling Clean-Up
Armed with smart phones and clipboards, “cart taggers” will hit the streets this summer to study recycling behaviors on select City and County routes. This is part of a cart tagging program called, “Feet on the Street.” The City of Spokane is partnering with Spokane County to help better educate residents and keep recycling affordable.

Small teams of cart taggers will be out on select routes beginning in June looking at carts and leaving behind an educational tag to help inform residents on what does and does not belong in the blue cart. Routes will be studied and tagged four consecutive times and data will be collected to see if the messaging is working. In the City, that means about 17,000 households could receive the personalized recycling feedback.
East Trent Bridge Closes June 1st
The historic East Trent Bridge, built in 1910 on State Route 290, is finally set to be demolished starting in early June. Travelers are encouraged to seek alternate routes as Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews begin to remove and replace the structure.

Starting June 1, Trent Avenue/SR 290 between Hamilton Street and North Iron Court will be closed to pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. Several detours for large trucks, light vehicles and pedestrians will be signed for the duration of the closure.
For detailed information and weekly obstruction notices visit the City's website .
Pardon the Inconvenience
The City website will be offline briefly Saturday, May 30 between 6 am and 7 am.
Keeping People in Shelters Healthy
Regional leaders and organizations teamed up to provide health screenings, immunizations and education for healthy individuals experiencing homelessness while the community responds to COVID-19. This week's event was a way to prioritize the health of a very vulnerable population in the region.
Boredom Buster: SkyRide View of the Falls
Under the Governor’s phase 2 guidelines for operating gondolas, the Numerica SkyRide re-opened today. Only household units may board the same gondola, and additional measures will be in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The SkyRide will be open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm. Learn more & purchase tickets.
On the Bright Side
The Spokane Public Library hosts story time daily at 10 am and Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 pm. Join Mayor Woodward as she reads All of Us by Carin Berger. It's a great theme for what many of our kids are feeling during COVID-19.

Keep Washing Your Hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Why Wearing a Mask Matters
Last week cer, Dr. Bob Lutz, issued a directive about the use of cloth face coverings to maintain the public’s health. Spokane County residents at indoor or confined public settings are strongly recommended to wear cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths in situations where they are not able to maintain six feet distance from other people who do not live in their same household. Now that you have your mask, know how to wear and care for it!
Need Utility Assistance?
Through the generosity of over 500 donors, a community relief fund for utilities is available. Those who need utility assistance can contact SNAP at (509) 456-SNAP to request support.

While the matching funds have been exhausted, donations for this effort are always appreciated.
Need Access to Food or Other Supplies?
Call 311 (509-755-2489 outside of city limits)
Need Mental Health Help During this Crisis?
Contact 24/7: Frontier Crisis Line (509) 838-4428
Contact or Walk-In: Inland Northwest Behavioral Health (509) 992-1888

CHAS Health: (509) 444-8200

Excelsior Wellness Center: (509) 559-3100
Help for children, adults and families is available via telehealth.

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255

Lutheran Community Services: (509) 747-8224
Intensive Behavioral Health, Victim Advocacy and Foster Care, are available.
#OrderUpSpokane with 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core allows citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Check out these lists of restaurants you can support.
Stay in the Know
The Spokane County Emergency Coordination Center has been activated to respond to COVID-19 as a region. For daily updates and official local information follow Spokane COVID Response on Facebook, subscribe to their newsletter and visit
For Spokane County case data, visit
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