City of Spokane
COVID-19 Community Update
May 27, 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 .
Mayor's Update
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Restaurant + Retail Recovery Plan
Mayor and Council supporting businesses
On-Street Paid Parking Resumes
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 Hall Remains Closed to the Public
Spokane City Hall and other government buildings are scheduled to re-open during Phase 3 of Governor Inslee's Safe Start program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Many City services and the Development Services Center can be accessed online or by calling 311. City Council meetings continue to be conducted virtually and can be seen online or on CityCable 5. You can find the most up-to-date schedule on the City's website .
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!
Your City at Work
Construction isn't the only reason routes can be detoured. Road closures occur when a project that requires the use of the roadway creates dangerous driving conditions. Remember that workers are in and around these projects and depend on your awareness to be safe. Please respect road closures whether active work is occurring or not. Hazards may not always be apparent. To see a complete list of street work and construction, visit the City's website .
Scammers Targeting Avista Customers
There are reports of scams in the area with threats of Avista disconnection and demands for payment. Scams are getting more sophisticated by spoofing Avista phone numbers. Phone scammers are impersonating Avista personnel and asking for immediate payment to avoid disconnection. They will ask you to get a prepaid card to do so. They will appear to know information about your utility account. Call Avista at (800) 227-9187 to verify the status of your account. Learn how to protect yourself at Avista's website .
Now's Your Chance to Weigh-in on Water Conservation
The Spokane City Council is seeking input from citizens on the draft 2020 Water Conservation Master Plan that will be considered for adoption at the Council’s June 1 meeting. The plan was developed at the request of Council, which is concerned with protecting the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer and the Spokane River.
Boredom Buster: Paint Squish
In this low-mess paint activity for ages 2+, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation's Mrs G. from the Corbin Art Center shows us how a piece of paper, a Ziplock bag, and a little paint can turn into hours of fun for your little one!
On the Bright Side
We got this Spokane! Keep up the great work.
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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