Spokane City Council Terminates Local State of Emergency

Lisa Gardner, City Council Communications Director, 509.625.6226

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 3:19 p.m.

In a resolution passed during Monday’s legislative session, Spokane City Council resolved to terminate local emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The resolution dismisses any associated emergency orders ratified in 2020, and as more people in Spokane County are vaccinated, Council moves that government, business, and public life, in general, can resume if done in concert with vaccinations, masking, social distancing, and other safety measures. 

“Like the rest of the country, The City of Spokane was hit extremely hard by the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Public Safety and Community Health Chair and Councilwoman Lori Kinnear.  “However, due to an increase in Spokane County residents receiving their vaccinations, children returning to school, and businesses increasing their operational capacity, it is clear that we can move forward in lifting the local emergency and move towards citywide recovery and repair.”

The resolution lifts the state of emergency declared by Mayor Nadine Woodward, as modified, and ratified by City Council on March 16, 2020, and March 23, 2020, and any other emergency orders that are derived from or related to those emergency declarations.  The City Council supports focus on the recovery of our economic, social, and cultural life to produce a stronger and more resilient Spokane community.