The City of Spokane is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community while continuing to provide critical City services and addressing the impacts of closures of schools, business and events.
City leaders, including Mayor Nadine Woodward and City Administrator Wes Crago, are helping to lead the Spokane region's response while also maintaining City operations and services.
The City's COVID-19 Response Team is coordinating internal protective measures, procuring necessary equipment and facilities, and acting to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our community. And, they are working with the City Council to provide City resources to help our community respond.
We have developed protocols for our firefighters and police officers so they can safely respond to calls for service. We are working to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community, including those experiencing homelessness. And we are continuing to deliver critical public services, like the delivery of clean drinking water, weekly garbage pickup, and processing of wastewater.
The state of Washington is now complying with Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, which prohibits all gatherings regardless of size and closes all non-essential businesses. See the list of essential businesses and workers.
These social distancing measures will help slow the spread of COVID-19, but they will create a hardship for some citizens and businesses.
The City is working on plans and programs to help.
The City has started the #OrderUpSpokane campaign to encourage people to order take out from their favorite restaurants. New, free 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core will allow citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Check out this list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery options.
The City also is working with Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Downtown Spokane Partnership on other plans. The City has compiled a list of resources that businesses might find helpful as they work to respond to this situation. Businesses also might want to visit the Washington State Department of Commerce to learn about ways the state is helping.
To help residents, the City has suspended late fees and water shut-offs for non-payment of City utility bills. Avista has announced that it is suspending power utility shut-offs during this time as well. Spokane Public Schools is working to assist with child care and nutrition needs. The City is also tracking other programs that may help our families. The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has put together a resources guide for families who need financial assistance.
To report non-compliance of Governors "Stay Home Stay Healthy" order, please email concerns to InlandBizCompliance@spokanecounty.org or call 509-477-2684.
Please provide the business name, address, if available, and your contact information in the event follow-up is needed. Your report will be directed to the appropriate law enforcement agency in Spokane County. More info.