Mayor Pavone's COVID-19 Update

Mayor Pavone's COVID-19 Update for June 5, 2020
Posted on 06/05/2020
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Mayor's COVID-19 Newsletter

With information regarding COVID-19 continually being updated, I’ve decided to publish this newsletter to share what we know with the residents of Renton. In each edition, our team will bring you the latest updates from around the city as well as information from state and federal officials and agencies.

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COVID-19 Resources

The city has compiled resources from several city, county, state and federal entities into a comprehensive COVID-19 page.

Issue: 37 / Friday, June 5, 2020

Photo of the crowd at the vigil for George Floyd

Prayer Vigil for George Floyd

There are precious few times in a nation’s history when its residents can affect change. Right now, we are in one of those moments.

The protests in Renton and around the world after the senseless killing of George Floyd are our wakeup call to finally acknowledge the injustices that exist in our society and act as a catalyst to find solutions.

That’s part of what I was proud to share with those gathered at Piazza Park on Wednesday for a prayer vigil in memory of Mr. Floyd. The vigil was organized by the Renton African American Pastoral Group (RAAP).

In Renton we’re very fortunate to have strong community leaders. Recognizing these strengths, the Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force and RAAP were created to increase communication with not just our police department but with our city as a whole. Their purpose is to identify the needs of our diverse communities and build trust through partnerships. RAAP discussions are led by Police Chief Ed VanValey and the Rev. Dr. Linda Smith. They are quite frank and sometimes uncomfortable, but they are committed to getting it right and I salute their efforts and dedication.

Renton is committed to be a city you can trust and one that models inclusion. Right now, we are demonstrating what a powerful force we can be when we stand together. I hope you’ll stand with me as we continue to move forward towards real change. As your mayor it is a responsibility I take personally.

Stand Against Racism

Click image to read the proclamationOn April 24, 2017, the City Council adopted the “Stand Against Racism” Proclamation stating our strong promise to eliminate racial inequity through internal practices, citywide initiatives and partnerships with other institutions and the community.

"We condemn the actions that led to the death of George Floyd and so many other members of the African American community that have lost their lives in an unjust, unfair and cruel way.

"As an immigrant and a woman of color, I know first- hand what discrimination and racial injustice looks like. It is time to listen, to build relationships, to speak out and end racism. Our priority has been to develop an ongoing forum with our African American community for improving communication, understanding, trust, and mutual respect. We strongly believe individuals and whole communities must be engaged in a conversation about racism.” Council President Ruth Pérez

"As an African American I understand what so many in our community are feeling and have been feeling. I am committed to addressing the historic systemic disparities that create winners and losers.

"The demographics of Renton have changed and, as a government, we have been diligent in our work on diversity, equity and inclusion. I know my colleagues are also committed to continuing that work so all residents feel like they have a seat at the table." Councilmember Ed Prince

Saluting the Class of 2020

Photo of Hazen High virtual graduation

Photo of Renton High virtual graduation

Virtual graduation at Hazen High School (top) and Renton High School.

This week saw nearly 900 Renton School District students in the Class of 2020 take part in modified graduation ceremonies at each of the four high schools. Students participated in drive- and walk-thru events where they were presented their diplomas. Family members watched from their vehicles, took photos and cheered while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

School principals as well as students videotaped a virtual graduation ceremony, complete with student performances, tassel turning, and cap tossing at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Videos of each of these virtual graduation ceremonies are being edited and will be available for viewing on the district’s YouTube page starting June 15. We are working with the district to make them available on Channel 21 in Renton as well as our streaming service.

This class has my respect and admiration for how they have handled this difficult situation and for how they have persevered. It was the most unusual end to their 12 years of schooling that any of us have witnessed. COVID-19 robbed them of a whole trimester in the classroom as well as their extracurricular and graduation-related activities.

Please join me in congratulating all the graduates of Renton, Hazen, Lindbergh and Talley high schools for their milestone accomplishment and wishing them the best for whatever comes next.

County gets OK to allow limited opening of businesses

Photo of the Ivar's restaurant crew at Gen Coulon Park

Ivar's has reopened their Coulon Park location.

We received good news earlier today for restaurants, stores, construction, and personal services businesses in Renton. King County’s plan to allow limited and modified openings was approved by the state.

Businesses are required to follow the state Department of Health’s specific guidelines and must adjust occupancy levels.

There is more good news on the restaurant front as both Ivar’s and Kidd Valley have reopened their Coulon Park locations. They’re offering takeout and no-contact delivery. They join a long list of restaurants that are open in Renton. Our Economic Development team has you covered:

Update on city functions

New/updated information is italicized

Renton is an ideal location for COVID-19 vaccine facility

April 16 - City of Renton, King County: Renton ideal location for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility

  • KIRO 7 - Renton considers recruiting coronavirus vaccine manufacturer

  • KING 5 - Coronavirus updates for Washington State: Renton mayor says city is “ideal” location for COVID-19 facility

  • - Renton Ideal Location for Coronavirus Vaccine Manufacturing Facility

  • Seattle Medium - Renton Considered An Ideal Location For COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Facility

  • 425 Business - Renton Hopes to Repurpose Industrial Assets for COVID-19 Vaccine Production

  • Bisnow - Seattle Suburb Looks To Become Vaccine Epicenter

  • KCPQ-TV - Renton looks to be center for coronavirus vaccine

City Hall

  • City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Most services are available via telephone and online.

  • CDC guidelines for screening employees have been implemented. Health screening questions will be asked.

  • Increased frequency for disinfecting common spaces, counters and door handles in all facilities throughout our hours of operation.

  • Created COVID-19 page with links to information and prevention.

  • Enacted a telework policy for eligible employees until further notice.

  • Enacted a prohibition on enforcement of city noise restrictions on vehicles.

  • COVID-19 link added to Renton Responds app.

  • The human resources department is adapting to changes and making decisions to be responsive to COVID-19. We're doing everything to ensure we keep our employees safe and healthy as we continue to serve our customers.

  • Mayor's Emergency Order #2020-3: Supporting State Moratorium On Residential Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent.

  • Don't forget to complete your 2020 Census.

  • Mayors urge residents to follow best practices

  • March 23 - Mayor’s COVID-19 update to City Council Committee of the Whole

  • March 24 - City's response to governor's order of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"

  • March 30 – Mayor’s letter to local businesses

  • April 1 – City launches senior resources survey

  • April 16 - City of Renton, King County: Renton ideal location for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility
  • April 17 - Renton increases support to small businesses

City Council

Councilmembers will be attending their meetings remotely. Due to security concerns, the video-conference identification number is not being shared publicly. City Hall is closed, so in-person comments will not be accepted; however, residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways.

  • Residents may submit comments in advance to

  • Residents may call 425-430-7171, enter code 0033665# to listen to the proceedings.

  • Residents may view the proceedings live on Renton’s Channel 21.

  • Residents may view the proceedings streaming live at

  • Next meeting: Monday, June 8.
  • City Council, 7 p.m.

  • Committee of the Whole, 5:45 p.m

  • Meeting videos


  • Puget Sound Blood Bank is short on supplies. Find a donation event.

Economic Development

  • Small Business Hotline – If you’re a Renton small business owner who needs assistance, please contact the city's Economic Development staff through the Small Business Hotline at (206) 503-1742 or by emailing

  • Facebook Discussion - It's now more important now than ever that we share resources and information in real-time. Join the discussion and follow @RentonBusiness for more updates on resources and opportunities. This group is a networking platform for Renton's small business owners and is meant to be a safe space where business leaders can support each other and help the community thrive again.

  • Renton Business Minute - Take a Renton Minute to get to know the small business community. We will post short interviews with local business owners and entrepreneurs on the Visit Renton YouTube channel. Hear first-hand why they chose Renton! Email to schedule your interview to be featured in the next Renton Minute.

  • Local lenders eligible to issue loans under PPP - To find a Paycheck Protection Program lender, the SBA recommends contacting current bank or lender to see if they are offering PPP. New banks are coming on board every day. The SBA has a lenders list by zip code.

  • State Resources: CARES Act, unemployment, paid leave, taxes, worker safety, small businesses & non-profits. 

  • Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance to Washington small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

  • King County Council collected information on unemployment, workers’ comp, rent/mortgage, utilities, student loans, food assistance, insurance & businesses. 

  • March 30 – Mayor Pavone’s letter of support to local businesses. 

  • April 5 - Boeing extends temporary suspension of Puget Sound production operations. 

  • April 7 - Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses (1-10 employees including proprietor) (note: as of April 15, the program is no longer accepting applications from King County)

  • April 17 - Renton increases support to small businesses through an expanded partnership with Startup 425. 
  • What's Open Eastside - A new, no-cost map will allow businesses to communicate  current  conditions and operations to customers in Renton and beyond. Enter hours, virtual offerings, curbside or delivery options and contact information by May 21 to be included in the launch on May 25.

  • Visit Renton Listings - List your business on and added to the Visit Renton app. Complete this form or contact to add business info.

  • COVID-19 Business Impact Survey - If your business has experienced effects as a result of COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to take this new regional survey. The survey's findings are critical as we develop additional business response and support programming.

  • Get Help for Your Business - If you need assistance filing for economic relief programs, are not sure what COVID-19 means for the future of your business, or just need to talk through the current situation with a professional, the city's Business Response Team can help.

Event Status



  • Downtown Renton Wine Walk (June 5)

  • Kids Fishing Derby (June 6)

  • Stop & Swap (June 6)

  • Summer Green & Clean (June 6)

  • Renton River Days (July 24-26)

  • National Night Out (August 4)

  • Cruz the Loop (August)


  • The following facilities are closed until further notice: Renton Community Center, Renton Senior Activity Center, Highlands Community Center, North Highlands Community Center and Renton History Museum. City Hall and the shops housing public works, parks and facilities are closed to the public until further notice.

  • Henry Moses Aquatic Center is closed for the summer.

  • The lunch program continues at the Senior Activity Center. Seniors (60+) can drive through weekdays and pick up a sack lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until lunches are gone.

Food Banks/Resources

City of Renton Human Services Resources Guide.

  • Salvation Army Food Bank (206 S. Tobin St., Renton 425-255-5969) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday. New clients should bring on their first visit:

  • Photo identification for a person applying and for all members over the age of 18 living in their home (copies or a picture of household member ID is OK).

  • Proof of address for all members 18 years of age living in the household.

  • Birth certificate or other legal guardianship paperwork for all minors living in the household.

  • Renton Community Meals (Salvation Army, 720 S. Tobin St.) Monday–Thursday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Renton Community Meals (Salvation Army 300 Rainier Ave. N.) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8–10 a.m.

  • Sustainable Renton Free Grocery Store (The Brewmaster’s Taproom 2000 Benson Rd S.) Mondays, 5:30–7 p.m.

  • Margie Williams Helping Hands Center (973 Chelan Ave. NE) Saturdays, 8–11 a.m.

  • Emergency Feeding Program (851 Houser Way N. Ste. A). Drive-thru pre-packaged meals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3–4 p.m. Sign up in advance and food will be distributed by last name on specific days. 
  • Monday: (A-I)
  • Tuesday (J-R)
  • Wednesday (S-Z)
  1. All food will be pre-packaged

  2. Bags will be placed in your car in designated areas.

  3. Fill out our online form or paper form to receive groceries,

  4. Please be patient, we are working around the clock to ensure we can provide the best services.

  5. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms, please do NOT come to the warehouse, call our office at 425-277-0300 to arrange for someone else to pick up. 

Mobile delivery is also available to seniors (55+), disabled, and schools and agencies. They are also accepting donations and are in need of volunteers.

  • Sunset Community Church (1032 Edmonds Ave NE) is a food distribution point in the Renton Highlands for Northwest Harvest on Tuesdays. It will be drive-thru pick-up to minimize contract from 3-6 p.m. or as long as supplies last.
  • Renton School District provides free meals to any child, ages 1-18, in the front lot of most schools. Meals are “grab and go” and are intended to be taken off-campus or even picked up through car windows. Preregistration is required.

    Beginning Monday, May 11, meals will be available only on Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at designated meal sites. Monday pick-up would include meals for Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday pick-up is for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 


Inspections - Building and Development Engineering

Community and Economic Development Department (CED) continues to update homeowners and contractors regarding how the city is implementing the construction-related provisions of Gov. Inslee’s COVID-19 construction restart plan and related guidance issued by the governor’s office.

Upon approval for King County jurisdictions to move to Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” plan, CED hopes to perform physical onsite and virtual inspections for all construction projects pursuant to the Governor’s Phase 2 construction COVID-19 job site requirements effective as of May 15, 2020. Whenever possible, virtual inspections will be accomplished. If you are interested in more information about virtual inspections, please contact the Building Division: 425-430-7200.

The phase 2 construction COVID-19 job site requirements permit all construction activity to proceed, whether previously authorized, newly authorized, existing, or not existing. In effect, new construction is no longer limited to construction that was previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25.

Under phase 2, all construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained, and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume. Adherence to the health and safety points in the phase 2 job site requirements will be strictly enforced. Under the phase 2 requirements, any paused and existing construction activity, may resume/continue immediately if:

  • The employers and employees can meet and maintain all requirements listed in the phase 2 – construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements document; and

  • The employers and employees conduct only those activities that are allowed under their county’s phase status.

The safety plan was developed as part of a working group that included contractors and workers. The plan includes requirements related to safety training, physical distancing, PPE, sanitation and cleanliness and monitoring employees for symptoms.

Prior to calling for an inspection please be sure you have met the minimum requirements necessary for an onsite inspection:

1. COVID-19 Site Supervisor

A site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor shall be designated by the contractor at every job site to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. A designated COVID-19 Supervisor must be present at all times during construction activities.

Exception: single-family residential job sites with 6 or fewer people on the site.

2. Posting of COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan available on job site

Prior to commencing work all contractors are required to develop for each job site a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan. The plan must include policies regarding the following control measures: PPE utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring; incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response procedures; and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan. The plan must also include a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), including a list of engineering controls and proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for all jobsite activities defined by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) as medium and high transmission risk.

No jobsite may operate until the contractor can meet and maintain all requirements of the Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply.

These COVID-19 job site safety practices are required as long as the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Gubernatorial Proclamation 20-25 is in effect or if adopted as rules by a federal, state or local regulatory agency. All issues regarding worker safety and health are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

Mental Health Resources/Health Care

Mental Health

  • Medicare Advantage: Tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic

Additionally, there are also several recommended things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths and stretch, eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid excessive alcohol and drugs.

  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Health Care

  • WIC - WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help to get other services and monthly benefits for nutritious foods.

Online Payments

  • Business licenses, pet licenses, courts, tax and licensing and utility bills can all be paid online.

  • Business Licensing & Tax: 425-430-6851;


  • Permit counter is closed to the public until further notice. Applicants should use online options for payments and tracking applications.

  • Fees and permitting waived for A-frame business signs advertising curbside pick-up.

  • Permitting (General information): 425-430-7200.

  • Schedule an Inspection: Permitting Portal; Building: 425-430-7202; Civil/Site: 425-430-7203.


  • RASKC - Regional Animal Services of King County

  • RASKC - Pet assistance program

Public Works

  • Maintenance facility is closed to the public until further notice.

  • The Public Works Maintenance Services Division and Transportation Maintenance teams are returning to their regular work schedule a schedule of 10-hour days Monday - Friday.

  • To request service or report a problem call 425-430-7400 Monday - Fridays between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  • After normal business hours, call Renton Police Department dispatch at 425-430-7500 to request assistance from an on-call representative. If the problem is an emergency, please call 911.

  • Residents can also report issues via the Renton Responds app.

  • 20 MPH flashing school zone beacons are off. 

  • Continuity of operations measures initiated to isolate water treatment operators from other employees during work.


  • Refunds processing for cancellations.


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  • All restrooms (except those at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Heritage Park, Riverview Park, Thomas Teasdale Park and Cedar River Trail Park which will open during park hours starting on May 5), parking lots, playgrounds, sport courts, fields and other active recreation areas within city parks, including the skate park.

  • All programs, field and shelter rentals, leagues, and classes are canceled until further notice.

  • All building rentals and community events are canceled until further notice.

  • River Rock Grill at Maplewood Golf Course until further notice.

  • Henry Moses Aquatic Center will be closed all summer.

  • Picnic shelters in all parks.

Renton Municipal Airport

  • Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Runway and support services are operational.

  • General information available on website or by calling 425-430-7471 (administration) or 206-423-3715 (maintenance).

Renton Municipal Court

  • Court is currently closed to the public. Staff is working both remotely and on-site with adherence to social distancing and other health guidelines. Calls from the public are being answered on a daily basis.

  • In-custody hearings are being held via video conference with parties appearing remotely.

  • Out of custody hearings are now being held via Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube. More information can be found online.

  • Renton Municipal Court is serving as a mentor court to other courts that are seeking to establish video hearings.

  • Work is ongoing to conduct Domestic Violence No Contact Order Recall hearings in a manner that affords the necessary safety protocols for protected parties.

  • Jury service is suspended until at least July 6, 2020, per an emergency order issued by the Washington Supreme Court.

  • Passport service is suspended until city hall is opened to the public.

Renton Police Department 

  • If you suspect a business is in violation of the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the state has an online reporting form. If the report is about an individual or private group, use the police department’s non-emergency number 425-235-2121.

  • Department lobby and walk up window at city hall are closed.

  • Only use 911 for emergencies; non-emergency reporting: 425-235-2121.

  • School zone cameras turned off.

  • File a police report online.

Updates from the Chief

  • May 28 - "On the death of George Floyd"
  • April 17 - "County's use of the Red Lion Inn"

  • March 27 - "Our role is to help educate"

  • March 23 - "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"

  • March 20 - "The safety of our community is our top priority"

Renton Regional Fire Authority

Renton School District/Education

  • April 8 – Governor provides additional guidance on school closures and the impact on available services.

  • Renton School District provides free meals to any child, ages 1-18, in the front lot of most schools. Meals are “grab and go” and are intended to be taken off-campus or even picked up through car windows. Preregistration is required.

    Beginning Monday, May 11, meals will be available only on Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at designated meal sites. Monday pick-up would include meals for Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday pick-up is for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Republic Services

  • Republic Services has put into effect new temporary guidelines for waste collection procedures in the interest of safety for both the public and their drivers. All recycling and organics materials must be placed in a cart or can; any loose, bundled, or bagged items outside of a cart or can will not be collected. Extra garbage must be placed in a cart, can, or secured in bags. Bulky waste collection and Clean Sweep collections are suspended until further notice. All collection routes are on normal schedule. Questions? Contact Republic Services at 206-777-6440.

  • Republic Services will waive late fees and penalties and will not activate any service suspensions for a period of 90 days. (March 23)

  • Businesses with solid waste accounts and operating during “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” can call Republic Services at 206-777-6440 to request any necessary service changes including increased/decreased container size or increased/decreased frequency of service. The city's mandatory garbage code requires at least the minimum level of service (20-gallon cart) and one collection per week.

  • Businesses with solid waste accounts and temporarily closed as a result of COVID-19 can contact Republic Services at 206-777-6440 to request a temporary hold on their account. No service will be provided during the temporary hold and businesses MUST NOT place any garbage or recyclables in their containers during the period that the account is on hold, as this could result in a public health problem. All COVID-19 holds will be reinstated to normal collection once “Stay Home, Stay Healthy “ order is lifted.

  • Any service level change, including COVID-19 holds due to temporary closure of business, will be shown as adjustments on the solid waste bill.

  • More solid waste information below

Restaurants - Open for To-Go or Delivery 

  • May 18 - Ivar’s at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park will reopen on June 1 for delivery and takeout only. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.


Men’s Shelters & Day Centers

Catholic Community Services. Hosted by a different Renton church every month. Includes case management services.

  • Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight services from 7:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Men allowed on-site at 7 p.m.
  • 515B 116th Ave NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 289-4044

Day Center
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, meals. Open Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • 515B 116th Ave NE Suite 174
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Women’s Shelters & Day Centers

Women's Shelters and Day Centers

Kent Hope
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, meals, healthcare. Open every day 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • 9009 Canyon Drive
    Kent, WA 98030
    (253) 480-2325

The Sophia Way
Apply for extended stay shelter online.
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, breakfast/lunch. Open every day 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • 3032 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 896-7385

Women’s Referral Center
Check-in at Angeline’s Day Center between 6-9 p.m. then transported to host locations for overnight stay. The center offers showers, laundry, and dinner.

  • 2030 3rd Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 441-3210

Hospitality House
Opens at 6 p.m. every night.

  • 419 SW 150th St.
    Burien, Washington 98166
    (206) 242-1860

Family Shelters & Day Centers

All for shelter/day center intake.

  • 316 S 3rd St,
    Renton, WA 98057
    (425) 277-7594

Center of Hope Day Center
Resource referrals, showers, laundry. Open Monday–Friday
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • St. Matthews Lutheran Church
    1700 Edmonds Ave. NE

Mary’s Place
Call 206-245-1026 for shelter referrals. 

Solid Waste

  • All collection routes are on normal schedule. Questions? Contact Republic Services at 206-777-6440.
  • Bulky item and Clean Sweep collections have resumed (May 26).

  • Extra recyclables can be placed in containers next to curbside carts. Do not place recyclables in garbage bags or other plastic bags.

  • Extra yard waste can be placed in containers next to curbside carts. Do not place yard waste in garbage bags or other plastic bags.

  • Factoria, Auburn, South Seattle and North Seattle Household Hazardous Waste drop-off sites are open for essential visits only. Residents should safely store hazardous waste at home and postpone trips unless necessary. Seattle household hazardous waste collection facilities are open with reduced hours for essential trips only. South Seattle is open Friday and Saturday and North Seattle is open Sunday and Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • King County strongly urges residents to postpone non-essential visits to King County transfer and recycling stations. Residents with a need to dispose of essential waste should be prepared to show verification of King County residency.



Metro Matters blog

  • April 17 - Further Metro service reductions begin Saturday, April 18, to support essential travel and transit workforce 

  • March 30 - Interactive tool for riders whose routes experienced service cuts. 

  • March 29 - If your Metro route was cut on March 23, are some alternative routes to consider

  • March 18 - Metro plans to temporarily reduce service starting Monday, March 23 to support the health of the community.

Sound Transit 

  • March 21 – Sound Transit service change includes new routes, temporary service reductions. 

  • March 20 – Sound Transit to suspend fares on all transit modes until further notice.

  • March 19 - Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service on Link light rail, Sounder trains, some ST Express routes.

  • Sound Transit news


  • City will waive late fees and penalties and will not shut off water service for a period of 90 days. (March 23)

  • Questions? Utility billing division: 425-430-6852;

  • PSE's Crisis Affected Customer Assistance Program (CACAP) is an $11 million fund dedicated to assisting low-income customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown. The program is in addition to PSE’s other assistance programs, including the Warm Home Fund, PSE Home Energy Lifeline Program and Weatherization Assistance Program for income-eligible customers.

King County

  • June 5 - King County to allow limited openings of businesses, maintain public health vigilance
  • June 3 - King County submits plan to re-open limited business activity in COVID-19 recovery
  • May 29 - King County Executive announces plan to re-open limited business activity in COVID-19 recovery 
  • Click the image to view the full info graphicimageMay 28 - Seattle and King County recommends that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Testing as soon as possible after symptoms appear is important to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community.
  • May 14 - Elliott Avenue modular pilot project opens to offer shelter beds and services to fight COVID-19
  • May 12 - King County Council approves $60M for continued COVID-19 response
  • April 23 - County executive announces supplemental budget to continue COVID-19 response, help small businesses, arts and tourism; fund homeless youth programs.
  • April 22 - Office of Equity & Justice's COVID-19 Resource Guide
  • April 13 - King County awards $1 million to provide language access and other COVID-19 services to frontline community groups.
  • March 31 – County Council approves $2.2 million for emergency childcare for first responders and other essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • March 30 - King County postpones payment deadline to June 1 for individual property taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender.

  • Don't flush trash - Wipes, paper towels, and other "unflushables" can create a sewer backup in your home. Flush only toilet paper and protect your home, the sewer system, and the environment.

Public Health - Seattle & King County

  • WIC - WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help to get other services and monthly benefits for nutritious foods.
  • May 1 - New analytics show pronounced racial inequities among COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths
  • May 6 – Tips for staying safe outdoors as more recreation lands reopen

  • May 8 - Latest report shows COVID-19 transmission rate could be rising in King County; social distancing remains key

  • May 12 - COVID-19 testing is increasingly available in King County
  • May 29 - Taking care of mental health during COVID-19 (Public Health - Seattle & King County
  • May 29 - Public Health - Seattle & King County publishes new COVID-19 indicators dashboard
  • June 2 - Public Health - Seattle & King County answers questions about protests and COVID-19
  • June 3 - Public Health - Seattle & King County: COVID-19 and unrecognized realities experienced by Black people

  • June 4 - Public Health - Seattle & King County: Safe Start for King County - working to gradually reopen the local economy

King County Mask Directive starts May 18

  • May 11 - Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. 

  • May 12 - What you need to know about King County's health directive on face coverings

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State of Washington – one-stop great resource for state efforts

  • March 30 - Department of Licensing is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies on March 31.
  • March 30 – The state has set up an online form to report non-essential businesses that violate the governor’s Stay Home-Stay Health order.
  • April 7 - Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses (1-10 employees including proprietor). The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses with emergency funds of up to $10,000.
  • May 19 - Dept. of Commerce awards first 500 Working Washington small business relief grants

State Department of Health

  • Dept. of Public Health - Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and make it harder to keep everyone healthy.
  • May 27 - You are not alone; dealing with isolation

Governor's Actions

  • June 2 - Governor extends eviction moratorium
  • May 13 - Governor issues directive to state agencies to freeze hiring and contracts
  • May 12 - Governor announces contact tracing initiative 
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  • May 8 - Governor releases additional Safe Start Phase 1 guidance
  • May 5 - Governor announces three Safe Start advisory groups
  • May 4 - Governor signs new COVID-19 order for phased re-opening of Washington’s economy
  • May 1 - Governor announces extension of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" and a four-phase plan to gradually reopen the state's economy
  • April 29 - Governor rolls out COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard with data
  • April 29 - Governor issues guidance to clarify limits on elective surgeries
  • April 27 - Governor announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact
  • April 27 - Governor announces distribution of funding to local governments from federal stimulus package

  • April 27 - Governor announces easing of outdoor restrictions

  • April 24 - Governor announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed
  • April 23 - Governor extends 20 proclamations relating to COVID-19
  • April 21 - Governor announces Washington’s COVID-19 recovery plan

  • April 21 - Governor sends letter to vice president calling for strong national testing system

  • April 21 - Governor extends proclamations for utility ratepayers and truck driver hours

  • April 16 - Governor expands eviction moratorium and adds additional protections for residential and some commercial tenants.

  • April 13 – Governor issues protection for high-risk workers.

  • April 13 - Washington, Oregon and California announce Western States Pact.

  • April 13 – Governor announces strategies for reducing the number of individuals incarcerated to address CoVID-19 in DOC system.

  • April 8 - Governor's statement on Century Link field hospital redeployment.

  • April 8 – Governor provides additional guidance on school closures and impact on available services.
  • April 1 - The state is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products to support our medical system, first responders, public health and care facilities.

  • April 1 – Governor issues additional guidance on the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order related to essential businesses. It clarifies as “essential” nannies (who are deemed essential if they are in the home taking care of children of essential workers), automotive repair facilities and limited automotive sales and leasing activities, and renewable energies. The bulletin also includes guidance that recreational fishing and golf are NOT deemed essential.

  • March 31 – Governor and Washington State Department of Financial Institutions announce assistance for homeowners unable to make mortgage payments.

  • March 27 - Governor welcomes Army doctors to field hospital in Seattle.
  • March 23 - Governor announces a stay at home order, banning all gatherings and closing all but those businesses classified by the Federal guidelines as essential. The ban will take effect on March 25 and be in place for a minimum of two weeks. The governor indicated the order is voluntary in nature, it is enforceable by law. Resident will be able to conduct essential business (shopping, doctor’s appointments) and restaurants cans still conduct business via to-go orders. [Spanish]
  • March 19 – Governor orders halt to elective surgeries and dental services to reserve critical equipment for COVID-19 health care workers.

  • March 18 – Governor waives one-week wait for unemployment benefits. 

  • March 17 - Governor signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • March 16 - Governor issues statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and limits on the size of gatherings expanded.

  • March 13 - Governor expands school closure/gathering ban statewide.

"Stay Home, Stay Healthy"

"Stay Home, Stay Healthy" is the governor's order asking all residents to stay indoors. Originally issued on March 23, for two weeks, it was extended through May 4 on April 2.

Here’s what’s allowed under the order. Please remember to wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing of six feet.

  • Grocery shopping

  • Ordering restaurant takeout or to-go

  • Medical appointments and pharmacy pickup

  • Walking, running, biking and gardening

  • Going to gas stations, food banks, banks and laundromats

  • Going to work if your job is part of essential businesses

  • Funerals only if at a funeral home or at cemetery gravesides. Only immediate family members of the deceased can attend and proper social distancing must be maintained.

What is not allowed:

  • Attending weddings or religious services

  • Attending or playing in sports games and practices

  • Participating in any in-person leisure, hobby or social clubs

  • Going to concerts, festivals, parades, theaters, museums, art galleries or fundraisers

  • Working out at a gym or fitness center

  • Going to barbers, nail salons or tattoo parlors

If you suspect a business is in violation of the governor’s order, the state has an online reporting form. If report is about an individual or private group, use the police department’s non-emergency number 425-235-2121. In either instance, do not call 911.

Safe Start Plan 

May 29 - Governor issues Safe Start-Washington's Phased Reopening plan

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(May 6, 2020) Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities would re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

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Phase 1


Washington state is currently in Phase 1, with construction and other essential activities underway. The additions such as outdoor activities and additional sales and retail activities begin Tuesday, May 5. When the state moves to Phase 2, all components of Phase 1 will continue.


Phase 1 builds upon recent decisions made around re-opening some activities, including construction activity (allowed as of April 29) and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, playing golf and some park access, which Inslee announced last week.

Also adds (as of May 5):

  • Drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle

  • Auto/RV/Boat/ORV sales

  • Retail open for curb-side pick-up orders only

  • Car washes

  • Landscaping

  • Some pet services (not including grooming)

  • Essential travel and limited non-essential travel to engage in Phase 1 activities is permitted.

Phase 2

When COVID-19 disease burden is low and decreasing and the four capabilities (health care system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 2.

As noted above, each phase will be at least three weeks, data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.


All components of Phase 1 will carry into the start of Phase 2, which will include outdoor activities in small groups with people from outside one’s household, as well as limited non-essential travel within proximity of one’s home.

Additional modifications to restrictions in Phase 2 affecting business will include:

  • Remaining manufacturing and construction phases

  • Restaurants/taverns less than 50% capacity/table size no larger than 5 people and no bar area seating

  • Hair and nail salons

  • Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)

  • Real estate

  • Professional services/office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)

  • In-home/domestic services (i.e., nannies, housecleaning)

  • Pet grooming

  • Essential travel and limited non-essential travel to engage in Phase 1 and Phase 2 activities is permitted.

Phase 3

If COVID-19 disease burden stays low and the four capabilities (health care system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case; and contact investigations and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 3. 


All components of phases 1 and 2 will carry into the start of Phase 3, which will include resuming non-essential travel and allowing gatherings of no more than 50 people.

Phase 3 also includes resuming some public activity, such as:

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities (50 or fewer people)

  • Recreational facilities at less than 50% capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.)

  • Professional sports (horse racing, baseball, etc.) without audience participation

  • Restaurants and taverns at less than 75% capacity with table size no larger than 10

  • Bar areas in restaurants and taverns at less than 25% capacity

  • Indoor gyms at less than 50% capacity; theaters at less than 50% capacity

  • Customer facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged where possible)

  • Libraries

  • Museums

  • All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with no more than 50 people.

Phase 4

If COVID-19 disease burden stays low and the four capabilities (healthcare system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 4.


All components of phases 1, 2 and 3 will carry into the start of Phase 4 which would be a full return to public interactions (with appropriate physical distancing).

Phase 4 also includes resuming some public activity, such as:

  • Nightclubs

  • Concert venues

  • Large sporting events

  • Resume unrestricted staffing of worksites, but continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene

Risk assessment dashboard

This dashboard provides a high-level overview of the main data points discussed among state leaders and the level of risk experts perceive around the current numbers. It is not intended to represent the totality of all COVID-19 related data. The state is currently developing several new systems for collecting, compiling and reporting much of the data outlined below and this dashboard will link to those new systems as they are completed. In the meantime, where possible, we’ve linked to the data that is currently available or created a snapshot that summarizes the most recent information available. The dashboard is updated on Wednesdays.


  • April 3 - CDC recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
  • WHO - When and how to use masks (World Health Organization).
  • March 27 - Congress passes CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package to aid coronavirus relied and economic stimulus.
  • March 22 – President approves Washington disaster declaration.

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