Critical Public Services Will Continue During "Stay Home" Order

Brian Coddington, 509.625.6740

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 4:27 p.m.

The City of Spokane today is reassuring citizens that it will continue to provide critical public services under the new “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday.

“Your City is here for you,” says Mayor Nadine Woodward. “We will continue to provide the essential City services you need now and in the coming weeks. I want to thank our City employees for their dedication to our community during this challenging time.”

Public safety response, delivery of clean drinking water, wastewater treatment, management of the street system, and curbside pickup of garbage will continue as usual. The City’s parks, open spaces, and trails remain accessible for mental and physical health, while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines.

“We love that the community can find a reprieve in the outdoors during this challenging time,” says Garrett Jones, the City’s Parks & Recreation Director. “We just ask people to follow the guidelines on social distancing and slowing the spread, and to please be courteous to one another and our treasured parks.”

Meanwhile, other services will change in response to the order. For example, sports fields, picnic shelters, skate parks, and basketball courts are now closed to all multi-person activities. Gatherings in public parks also are prohibited. City golf courses will close at the end of the day on Wednesday. Neighborhood cleanups programs have been cancelled at this time. The City still is evaluating other possible changes.

These changes are in addition to the closure of City Hall to the public last week and a variety of other service changes that the City has implemented since the COVID-19 issue began.

Many City services can be accessed over the phone or online, including customer service support, permit applications, code enforcement complaints, and more. Citizens can call 3-1-1 or go online to to be directed to services. A full list of service changes is found on the City’s web site.