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In my weekly newsletter I cover all that is happening in Renton, including the most current COVID-19 updates and 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: 57 / Friday, August 14, 2020

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Renton will host three simultaneous Census 2020 events on August 22. The events will help residents complete and submit their forms.

Renton Census Countdown Day

Image of the mayor's newsletterThe census bureau’s recent decision to end the census count a month early, on September 30, has made us accelerate our plans to get a complete count of Renton residents.

On Saturday, August 22, we will host Renton Census Countdown Day, three simultaneous events in communities where we need a more representative response. The events are from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Benson Hill Fred Meyer (17801 108th Ave. SE), 200 Mill Building (200 Mill Ave. S) downtown and Fire Station 12 (1210 Jefferson Ave. NE) in the Sunset area.

These drive-through events will feature multilingual census ambassadors with iPads to help submit your responses. We also have a $10 gift certificate as a thank you for submitting your form, and the Renton Chamber of Commerce is providing discount coupons to downtown Renton businesses. If that's not enough incentive, we'll also have free ice cream treats.

The census is crucial. That’s why I’ve highlighted it so much in this newsletter. It's your chance to shape Renton’s future for the next 10 years. Millions of federal dollars are distributed to communities based on census responses. These federally funded projects include schools, medical clinics, roads and services for families, older adults and children.

Funds for Medicaid and Head Start, block grants for community mental health services and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) funding are all based on census results. If you’ve taken advantage of those programs, you know how vital they are.

Click image to download a larger imageI’m very proud of our current 72.2% return rate (through August 13). Our effort has been spearheaded by dozens of dedicated residents from every section of Renton, working with friends and neighbors

One of those residents is Menka Soni. Through her Ravishing Women organization, she has organized a wide range of events to inform all of us of the importance of the census, including our August 22 event.

It was Menka who organized last Saturday's free grocery distribution at Fire Station 12 in the Sunset area. She coordinated with Duc Tran, owner of the Viet-Wah Asian Food Market, and Renton Regional Fire Authority to distribute around three tons of food in just two hours. They also used the event to pass out dozens of homemade reusable cloth masks and census materials. It's residents like Menka who make Renton such a special place to live.

If you have returned your census information, thank you. If you haven’t and need help, please take advantage of one of the events on August 22. Our city will be better for your effort.


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Beth Grohaus, owner of Salon Fifty 7.

CARES Funding for small businesses

Distribution of the CARES Funding checks to support Renton's small businesses started Thursday. When complete, we will allocate $1,381,000.

We received over 350 applications during the July application period. Each one underwent three levels of review by city staff (representing economic development, tax and licensing and code compliance) to ensure they met our criteria. Successful applications were then assigned a randomly generated number.

Based on that random number, staff determined we could fund 184 businesses. They qualified for $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 depending on their number of employees, which was capped at 25, including the owner. The funds can only be used to cover costs directly related to COVID-19. If a selected business does not accept the money, we will move to the next.

Being able to offer this support is hugely satisfying to me. Our support of these businesses is a critical part of the reopening and recovery efforts. Small businesses are a vital part of our economy and establish the vitality and character of the neighborhoods they serve. Their owners are our neighbors. They are deeply invested in our community. Now more than ever, they need our help and patronage.

Many members of the city staff played a large part in successfully getting this funding to our businesses. They did a herculean job of first establishing the criteria and then reviewing applications and distributing funds. The last two steps were completed within two weeks of the application closing date.

There’s another assistance program I want small businesses to know about. Emergency Ordinance 5974 took effect last month and allows businesses to temporarily expand their outdoor retail area onto city rights-of way in front of their buildings or into an adjacent private parking lot. In addition, the ordinance allows businesses to display temporary signs or banners to advertise economic recovery-related events. For more information, contact Brittany Gillia at 206-503-1742 or


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Seniors receive donated face shields

Mayor Pavone was joined by Kelly Beymer, Community Services Administrator; Elinor Alexander, REACH Board President; and Ruth Pérez, City Council President to distribute face shields during the drive-through lunch on Wednesday at the Senior Center.

The face shields were donated to the city and are not intended as a substitute for face coverings. They provide extra protection for our senior population and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition and are at a higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

Renton Regional Community Foundation continues to battle effects of COVID-19

The Renton Regional Community Foundation has been one of the leaders in our community in the fight to help those affected by COVID-19.

Since March, the foundation has distributed $200,000 to 43 organizations in South King County, including several in Renton. A vast majority (80%) of the grants addressed food insecurity in some form. Other areas included rental assistance, personal protective equipment, diapers, support of mental health, domestic violence efforts and refugees' and immigrants' needs.

In a continuation of these efforts and to inform, they will host a virtual town hall on basic needs and housing in our community on August 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The meeting will feature leaders from Vine Maple Place on housing issues, Renton Innovation Zone Partnership on food resources and other basic needs, and the Housing Justice Project on the tenant experience.

Also new in this edition

  • August 10: Governor announces relief funds to help immigrants and agricultural workers
  • August 10: Governor issues guidance for agricultural events, updated guidance for indoor fitness and religious and faith-based services
  • City will waive late fees and penalties and will not shut off water service, in accordance with the governor's Proclamation 20-23.7, until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or after October 15, 2020, whichever comes first (July 31, 2020)

Update on city functions 

Emergency Ordinance

  • July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

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.

  • Passport service is suspended until Phase 4 of the governor’s state reopening plan.

  • 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

  • June 30 - City issues Finding of City Code Violations to King County’s Renton Red Lion Inn De-Intensification Shelter
  • July 1 - City to begin distribution of 20,000 masks free to residents

  • July 1 - City makes almost $1.4 million available to Renton small businesses by COVID-19. Apply online for CARES Act funding by July 30.
  • July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

City Council

  • Next meeting: Monday, August 24.
  • City Council, 7 p.m.

  • Committee of the Whole, 5:15 p.m.

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

Economic Development

July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise. 

  • 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 17 - Renton increases support to small businesses through an expanded partnership with Startup 425. 
  • 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.

Renton Business Resources for Phase 2

What does Phase 2 mean to my business? 

If you have any questions about how you or your business fits into all of this Contact Renton’s Economic Development Division at (206) 503-1742 or

Get your Free Open for Business Banner

Let your customers know you are back with a free “Open for Business” banner to hang in front of your store. Choose between "Open for Business" or "Open for Pickup" to clearly communicate your operations. Banners are 8ft x 3ft and can be hung under your eaves, on a fence or in a window. There are no permits or fees required to hang these banners.

If you would like a banner, please let us know and we can coordinate a contactless banner delivery or drop-off. 

Main Street Lending Program *Update*

The Federal Reserve Board announced an expansion of its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to allow more small- and medium‑sized businesses to receive support. The board lowered the minimum loan amount, raised the maximum loan limit, adjusted the principal repayment schedule to begin after two years, and extended the term to five years. 

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission offers grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the general public in Renton. Grants from $1,000-$10,000 are available to fund your innovative projects that fill cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for underserved groups. The deadline is rolling, so apply today!

Update your Listing!

What's Open Eastside is a free opportunity from Startup 425 for businesses to share their services and provide status updates on delivery. This no-cost map will allow you to communicate your current business conditions and operations to customers in Renton and beyond.

Startup 425 also provides free, one-on-one assistance to businesses and nonprofits in Renton. If you need support in applying, our Business Response Team. Reach out today and you’ll receive a response within 24 hours. Support is available in multiple languages.

Event Status



  • Day of Service

  • Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar


  • 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.

  • United Way of King County is providing free food boxes to South King County community members who have been affected by COVID-19. Sign up.


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

  • CDC - Your pets and COVID-19

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.


  • All parks. Except Meadow Crest Playground.

  • All trails, except one section of the Cedar River Trail.

  • Boat launch at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Purchase an annual launch permit. Day permits can be purchased at the launch.

  • Limited, outdoor-based summer programming is available for registration.

  • Park restrooms, except at Jones Park.

  • Sports fields are available for rentals and use for groups of 5 or less, per phase 2 guidelines.

  • Swim beach at Kennydale Beach Park. WARNING - No lifeguards will be on duty! Swim at your own risk - children should be accompanied by an adult at all times; adults should not swim alone. 

  • Virtual and neighborhood-based programming is underway.


  • All building rentals and community events are cancelled.

  • Henry Moses Aquatic Center all summer.

  • Park restrooms at Jones Park.

  • Picnic shelters will remain closed through 2020.

  • Swim beach at Gene Coulon Park until further notice because of bacteria in the water

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.

  • Domestic violence no contact order recall hearings are being held via Zoom in a manner that affords the necessary safety protocols for protected parties and streamed on YouTube.

  • Jury service is suspended per an emergency order issued by Presiding Judge Terry L. Jurado until city hall is opened to the public and health safety precautions have been implemented to assure the safety of all participants.

  • Passport service is suspended until Phase 4 of the governor’s state reopening plan.

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

  • June 26 - "Statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest violators.

  • "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" 

  • March 13 - "Updates on procedures"

Renton Regional Fire Authority

Renton School District/Education

  • August 5: Governor announces education recommendations for 2020–2021 school year
  • July 23 - Public Health - Seattle & King County supports decisions by schools to begin school year with online learning

  • July 22 - 2020-2021 School year reopening plan

  • June 24 - Governor releases plan to restart higher education in the fall 

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.

Waste Preparation and Disposal

  • Facial masks, gloves, and all other personal protective equipment must be disposed in the garbage. These materials do not belong in your blue recycle container.

  • 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.

Republic Services

  • Republic Services will waive late fees and penalties and will not activate any service suspensions in accordance with the governor's Proclamation 20-23.7, until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or after October 15, 2020, whichever comes first.

  • Businesses in operation may request service changes. A minimum level of service is required. To request a change, call Republic Services at 206-777-6440.

  • Businesses temporarily closed may request a temporary hold on their account. All changes and holds will be reinstated once the business resumes operations. To request a change or hold, call Republic Services at 206-777-6440.

Household Hazardous Waste, Recycling and Transfer Stations

  • 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

  • June 12 - Metro plans September service change amid budget challenges
  • 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, in accordance with the governor's Proclamation 20-23.7, until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or after October 15, 2020, whichever comes first (July 31, 2020)
  • 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

  • July 20 - King County partners with King County Library System to distribute face coverings to community and faith-based organizations, and individuals
  • King County’s Local Food Finder supporting local farms. A convenient way for residents to support local farms hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • June 29 - Small Business Assistance Program for businesses in unincorporated King County
  • June 19 - King County approved for Phase 2
  • June 18 - King County distributing 25 million face coverings to residents, workers and businesses
  • June 18 - King County applies for Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan
  • June 11 - King County executive submits budget to fund COVID-19 response, including purchasing of 25 million face coverings for residents
  • 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

  • June 12 - Racism is a public health crisis: The transformation starts here. It starts with us.
  • June 19 - The virus hasn't let up and we can't either (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
  • June 25 - Prevention is the key for containing COVID-19 (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
  • July 23 - Public Health - Seattle & King County supports decisions by schools to begin school year with online learning
  • July 24 - Hot weather tips during a pandemic (Public Health-Seattle & King County)

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
  • June 8 - Beginning June 8, the governor's "Safe Start Washington" plan to reopen the economy requires all employees to wear a cloth facial covering, with the following exceptions
  • June 11 - OSPI's Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide

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
  • June 14 - State department of health reports an increase in the spread of COVID-19
  • June 23 - The Science of Masks (Washington State DOH)
  • June 25 - Cloth Face Coverings: Frequently Asked Questions (Washington State DOH)

  • June 24 - Myths and Facts about Cloth Face Coverings (Washington State DOH)

  • July 22 - COVID-19 is on a path to runaway growth in Washington state (State DOH)
  • July 28 - Washington State Department of Health launches CORONA Survey
  • July 29 - Updated guidance on social gatherings (State DoH)

Governor's Actions

  • August 10: Governor announces relief funds to help immigrants and agricultural workers
  • August 10: Governor issues guidance for agricultural events, updated guidance for indoor fitness and religious and faith-based services
  • August 5 - Governor announces education recommendations for 2020–2021 school year
  • July 30 - Governor issues contact tracing proclamation, protects personal information
  • July 28 - Governor presses "pause" in phased re-opening

  • July 24 - Governor extends moratorium on evictions through Oct. 15
  • July 23 - Governor announces rollbacks to some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure
  • July 16 - Governor announces steps to address COVID-19 spread
  • July 7 - Governor extends Safe Start proclamation, issues facial coverings guidance
  • July 2 - Governor extends face covering requirement for businesses statewide and halts county advancements
  • June 24 - Governor releases plan to restart higher education in the fall
  • June 23 - Governor announces statewide mask mandate
  • June 17 - Governor announces cancellation of some state employee raises and need for furloughs
  • 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.

Safe Start Plan

  • July 7 - Governor extends Safe Start proclamation, issues facial coverings guidance
  • June 22 - What's open in each phase
  • 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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Mayor's Newsletter wins National NAGC Award

NAGC national first place award

The Mayor's Newsletter has been awarded a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for First Place for External Newsletters by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

The committee looked at submissions from all over the country and judged them on purpose, goals, objectives, target audience, and special factors.

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