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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information
Posted on 05/08/2020
----- Updates as of June 22, 2020 -----

As of Friday, June 19, King County has entered Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start Plan.

Phase 2 allows for limited social gatherings with five or fewer people outside your household. It also allows for restaurants and retailers to serve additional customers indoors. Social distancing and most health and safety regulations remain in place.

The City will wait until Phase 3 to start opening up our playgrounds and other park facilities such as restrooms. Although City Hall remains closed to the public, many services are available online. Planning related permits and documents can now also be submitted online.

To help Woodinville reopen, the City is providing personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, sneeze guards, and hand sanitizer free of charge to local businesses. City representatives are also distributing masks to residents at multifamily housing complexes and shopping centers.

----- Updates as of June 4, 2020 -----

On May 29, the Governor ended the "Stay Home" order and replaced it with a county-by-county phased reopening "Safe Start - Stay Healthy Plan".

Currently, King County has proposed and is applying for a Modified Phase 1 that allows for restaurants and other services to be performed outdoors. We have already heard from many businesses interested in expanding their outdoor dining onto sidewalks and parking stalls. We expect this to continue into Phase 2. The City Manager has issued official direction to relax enforcement on certain code provisions to support implementation of this plan. The City will still enforce life safety codes.

For more information, see the City's Guidelines for Use of Outdoor Space under "Safe Start - Stay Healthy" Phased Reopening. Please contact with questions. We are committed to responding to these requests quickly to support businesses reopening. 

----- Updates as of May 8, 2020 -----
Mirroring the statewide easing of physical distancing restrictions, the City will begin opening parks to the public starting Saturday, May 9. All parks will be open for residents to enjoy, however some park facilities will remain closed. Facilities to remain closed include park restrooms, playgrounds, the Skate Park at Rotary Park, and the basketball court at Woodin Creek Park. The Woodinville Sports Fields will remain closed to large groups and sports teams until further notice.

We know the weather is nice and everyone is eager to spend time outside. We ask that you please enjoy the parks in a way that helps stop the spread of coronavirus and keeps everyone safe. This means maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from anyone not in your household, and avoid gathering in large groups even outdoors. All residents are encouraged to recreate locally by visiting parks close to their house.

----- Updates as of April 2, 2020 -----
For residents or community members calling with general questions for the City, please note that City Hall reception desk hours are now 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, M-Th. City Hall will be completely closed on Fridays, with some staff continuing to work from home.

The Governor has announced a new process for sharing concerns about businesses in violation of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. Concerns can be reported directly at

King County has announced they are postponing the property tax payment deadline to June 1 for individual property taxpayers. Learn more.

----- Updates as of March 26, 2020 -----
We've heard from community members who have questions and concerns about the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and what it means for families and businesses. King County Public Health is working to answer those questions and follow up on reports of businesses not following mandated COVID-19 protocols. If you have a question or concern, please first email Do not call 9-1-1.

A new proclamation issued by Governor Inslee on Tuesday temporarily suspends portions of Open Public Meetings and Public Records Act requiring in-person gatherings. This allows local governments to hold 100% virtual City Council and Commission meetings in order to accomplish routine business. With that in mind, we're now closing City Hall to the public even during times when public meetings will occur. Instead, we encourage all residents to participate and submit public comments virtually.

Since the Governor announced his "Stay Home -- Stay Healthy" Proclamation on March 23, Woodinville has joined other cities and developers in seeking clarification of how the order applies to residential and commercial construction. Yesterday the Governor issued a memo stating that construction is not considered an essential activity, with a few exceptions. Learn more about the new rule and its impact to City operations: New Construction Guidelines During COVID-19 Response

----- Updates as of March 24, 2020 -----
The Governor has announced further statewide measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 across Washington State. This "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order requires all residents stay in their homes unless they need to pursue and essential activity such as buying groceries, going to the doctor, or performing essential job functions. This order is effective immediately.

The order also bans ALL social, religious, and recreational gatherings and requires closures of non-essential businesses. More information about what businesses are considered essential can be found here.
Read more about the Governor's March 23, 2020 "Stay Home Stay Healthy" Executive Order.

Stay Home Stay Healthy Do's and Don'ts

Along with Governor's new mandate, the City is stepping up its own response to COVID-19. In addition to ongoing public facility closures and service changes, more City employees will now be required to work from home. As a result, appointments for building inspections will be available only on Wednesdays and Thursdays,

----- Updates as of March 17, 2020 -----
Governor Inslee issued an emergency proclamation on Monday, March 16 banning gatherings of more than 50 people and closing all restaurants, bars, theaters, salons, and more to the public. This graphic shows what's allowed and what's not allowed under the new rules.

Social Distancing Summary

----- Updates as of March 13, 2020 -----
With the continued spread of the novel Coronavirus and newly announced restrictions on public gatherings, the City of Woodinville is monitoring the potential impacts to the local economy and business community. Like much of the Puget Sound area, Woodinville will likely see a reduction in patrons visiting restaurants and tasting rooms that provide dining, entertainment, and private event space.

The City is committed to providing guidance to help local businesses navigate restrictions and minimize public health risk, assist with urgent business needs where feasible, as well as advocate for any state or federal funding that may become available in the coming months. To understand and document the impact of COVID-19, the City invites local businesses to complete an online Business Impact Survey by Friday, March 20.

Please visit our COVID-19 Business page for additional information and resources.

----- Updates as of March 12, 2020 -----
The City of Woodinville continues to take proactive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of community members and employees, in accordance with the latest guidance from Washington State and King County.

On March 11, 2020, emergency proclamations were issued by Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle-King County Public Health prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or more and placing restrictions on gatherings of fewer than 250 people. In response to these proclamations, the City of Woodinville is urging the Woodinville community to limit in-person participation in meetings, sporting events, and private celebrations.

Woodinville City Council and Commission meetings at City Hall will remain open to the public in accordance with state law, however the public is strongly encouraged to participate virtually where possible. Broadcasts of public meetings may be viewed as a live-stream in our Meetings Portal as well as on Comcast channel 21 and Frontier channel 41. Public comments may be submitted online by emailing Public comment submissions must be received by 5:00 PM the day of the meeting and include the name of the Council or Commission, date of the meeting, commenter’s name, whether the commenter lives in Woodinville City limits, and the agenda item or subject the comment is in reference to. Learn more about virtual meeting participation.

In addition to the previously closed City Hall and City park restrooms, all City parks including the Sports Fields will be closed to the public. Permit issuance for special events larger than 250 people has been suspended until further notice for the month of March. 

----- Updates as of March 5, 2020 -----
In an effort to further the recommendations of Seattle – King County Public Health released on March 4th, 2020, City of Woodinville City Manager Brandon Buchanan signed a Proclamation of Emergency to reduce red tape and allow flexibility and swiftness in our response to COVID-19.


In conjunction with the Proclaimed Emergency, the City Manager has ordered City Hall and Park Restrooms be closed to the public in an effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19.  City staff remain operational and available to serve the community. Staff have been directed to conduct business utilizing all remote technologies available. Additionally, staff have been given the option, when approved and feasible, to work remotely, and to use sick and vacation time to care for family members.

The City encourages the community to seek information from trusted sources such as Seattle – King County Public Health, Washington State Public Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently Public Health professionals are recommending the following Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions:

If sick, stay home and away from high risk individuals.
Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitizers when washing hands is not possible.
Cough and Sneeze into elbow or tissue.  Throw tissue away after each use.
Exercise social distancing or 6 feet or greater.
Avoid group gatherings if possible.

The City of Woodinville remains committed to the health and safety of the community and will continue to monitor COVID-19.  As the situation changes, the City will make adjustments to operations to respond in the best manner possible.

If you need to contact the City, please utilize the main phone number: 425-489-2700 visit the City website: and follow the city on Facebook and Twitter: @woodinvillecity

----- Updates as of March 2, 2020 -----
The City of Woodinville is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking a proactive approach by planning for multiple contingencies that may arise as the situation evolves.  The safety of the public and our staff is the priority and we will be working closely with our Public Health partners to insure the correct actions are being taken. 

At this point, it is critical to practice the following everyday preventive actions such as:

-  Stay home when you are sick. Staying home when ill prevents the spread of infections to others. 

-  Use good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene in all community settings, including homes, childcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and other places where people gather. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and put the used tissue in a waste basket. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

-  Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60-95% alcohol).

-  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

-  Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Where to find information on COVID-19

For up to date information on COVID-19, please consider trusted sources such as:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

The Washington State Department of Public Health:

The King County/Seattle Public Health Department:

COVID-19 Face Sheets in multiple languages:

- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - English
新型冠状病毒 (Chinese, Simplified)
新型冠狀病毒 (Chinese, Traditional)
- 신종코로나바이러스 (Korean)
- Новый штамм коронавируса (Russian)
- Nuevo coronavirus (Spanish)
- Vi-rút Corona Mới (Vietnamese)