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Updated April 1, 2020 at 10:30am


The City of Mukilteo continues to monitor the latest information from the Snohomish Health District, Governor Jay Inslee’s office, State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.  We are asking community members to stay informed, calm and vigilant to keep you, your loved ones, and our communities safe.


Read Mayor Jennifer Gregerson’s Daily COVID-19 Community Update


City of Mukilteo COVID-19 Updates for April 1, 2020

City Information

Mayor Gregerson Issues Emergency Proclamation Suspending Use of Single-Use Plastic Bags for 30 Days.

Updates for permit submittal and inspections: https://mukilteowa.gov/departments/planning-development/permits/

All parks are closed except for 76th Street/Community Garden entrance to Japanese Gulch for trail access.

Trails and sidewalks continue to be open for your physical activity! Please respect physical distance of six feet.

All City Facilities closure: City operations will continue via primarily phone, email and online. The public is encouraged to call (425) 263-8000 for assistance with City services or visit our website at www.mukilteowa.gov.

Remember the non-emergency number at (425) 407-3999. If you have an emergency, call 911. (But don’t call with questions about the Governor’s order and what’s open or not).

For more information on city facilities, see this link.

From Governor Jay Inslee

Stay Home Order: The Governor’s Stay Home order may be extended. If you are looking for ways to help, this state site is a good one stop shop for individuals and businesses: https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help

New Guidance on Real Estate Transactions: If you’re wondering about a for-sale property near you (link to Governor’s guidance here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-additional-guidance-funerals-and-real-estate-transactions-letter-tribal)
* no in-person meetings except to view a property or sign documents;
* no open houses
* all viewings, inspections, appraisals, and final walk-throughs by appointment and limited to no more than 2 people at a time.

Snohomish County and Other Resources

From U.S. Representative Rick Larsen about Unemployment Benefits: https://www.facebook.com/RepRickLarsen/photos/a.564481770254366/2834260413276479/?type=3&theater

Snohomish County Daily COVID-19 Briefing – March 31, 2020

The County released a great infographic on “fact or fake” questions with answers! Check it out: https://infogram.com/rumor-control-32420-1hkv2n1zrkwp6x3?live

Watch out for COVID related scams. If you are unsure about whether something is real or a scam, the Justice Department created a central fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721 or disaster@leo.gov). You can also call the local emergency line at 425-407-3999.

From the County and Health District: If you see someone violating the Governor’s Order to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” and if you feel safe, we encourage you to respectfully share your concerns with the business, organization, or individual If the individual, business owner or organizer isn’t open to the conversation, direct concerns to the Snohomish Health District Environmental Health Division at 425-339-5250. Keep in mind that during this public health emergency, it may take time for someone to follow-up on a violation. Do not call 911.

Check out GiveWellLocal.org to find and give resources! This county-wide site has great volunteering requests, and resources for those in need.

What to do if you are sick: CDC Resources

Local Business Information

Support our local restaurants that are open for take out or delivery: access this list https://discovermukilteo.org/2020/03/17/what-restaurants-are-open/ developed by city staff with great support from business owners in the community.

This is another countywide link, https://localsnoco.com/ with similar info.

Special Shopping Hours for Seniors, Other At-Risk People: A number of local grocery stores have special shopping hours for senior citizens and others with vulnerable immune systems.

QFC: 7-8am Monday-Thursday.

Albertsons, Haggen, and Safeway: Tues. & Thurs. from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m

Target: Wednesdays, first hour after opening

Whole Foods: Daily, one hour before opening to the general public.

Remember To Do the Following

Follow Physical Distancing Guidelines, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with.

Use hand sanitizer as you enter a grocery store. Wash hands immediately upon returning home. Pay attention to packaging, and take action to sanitize products entering your home

Tell others to also stay at home and stay apart.

Give blood- schedule online (to help minimize social contact) at https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate (no mobile blood drives because they have issues transporting themselves to sites. But they have great procedures in place at their facilities).

Leave Some for Your Neighbors, Your Healthcare Providers, and Emergency Responders. Your actions matter! Buy what you need and leave supplies for your neighbors, healthcare providers, and emergency responders.


City of Mukilteo COVID-19 Updates for March 23, 2020

      • STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES, MUKILTEO STRONG.
        • As a result of the current emergency, I am directing each of us to take the following precautionary actions, effective immediately and until further notice. Stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services, or perform essential public infrastructure construction. Follow the health guidelines below. Mayoral Directive to Stay Home available here.
      • Avoid crowds using any means possible, whether it is using social distancing of at least six feet from another person or staying home. Unless residents begin to do this, more stringent measures must be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
      • As of March 23, Lighthouse Park is closed to the public, and the restrooms at 92nd Street Park will be closed to the public.
      • Trails and sidewalks continue to be open for your physical activity. Please use social distancing guidelines from the CDC of six feet.
      • By order of Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, all playground structures in the City of Mukilteo are ordered closed to the public.
      • Many local restaurants are open for take out or delivery: Discover Mukilteo Open Restaurant Guide
      • Snohomish Health District released this blog post: What if I or someone I know has COVID-19?
      • Special Shopping Hours for Our Seniors and those At-Risk: 
        • QFC:  7am – 8am Monday through Thursday
        • Safeway, Albertson’s and Haggen: 7am -9am Tuesday and Thursday
        • Target: Daily, First hour after opening
        • Whole Foods: One hour before opening to the general public

Know the facts, learn more, find information and resources and get the latest updates about COVID-19

Name of ResourceTopic of InformationOnline Link
Snohomish Health DistrictDaily Health District Updates for COVID-19SHD Novel Coronavirus 2019
Snohomish Health DistrictSuspension of In-person ServicesSHD Suspension of In-person Services
Washington State Department of HealthDaily Updates of COVID-19State Department of Health COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control & PreventionDaily Updates of COVID-19CDC COVID-19 Information
Public Health - Seattle & King CountyTesting Guidelines for COVID-19CDC COVID-19 Testing Guidelines
Washington State Department of HealthCOVID-19 Fact Sheet in Multiple LanguagesCOVID-19 Fact Sheet

Tips to help protect yourself, your loved ones and your community

      • Remain calm, get the facts and stay informed
      • Practice “social distancing” by keeping at least 6 feet apart at all times
      • Use hand sanitizer as you enter a grocery store, and wash your hands immediately upon returning home. Pay attention to packaging and take action to sanitize products as they enter your home.
      • Tell others to stay at home and stay apart.
      • Give blood. You can make a reservation to minimize social contact at https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
      • Avoid contact with people who are sick
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
      • It’s cold and flu season, which are common respiratory illnesses. The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu and it’s not too late to get a flu shot. Learn more from the Snohomish Health District about flu vaccine information.
      • If at all possible, stay home if you are not feeling well
        • Ask your employer about your company’s sick leave and telework/telecommute policies

What types of establishments are ALLOWED using social distancing measures? What types of establishments are NOT ALLOWED to be open to the public?

Health district rules about what is allowed for gatherings after COVID-19

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Resource Links

Still have questions?

      • Snohomish Health District COVID-19 phone line: 425-388-3944
      • Contact the State Department of Health coronavirus hotline at 1-800-525-0127, press #.  This hotline has been overwhelmed with calls, please call back if you cannot get through.

City Operations  ¦  FAQs  ¦  For Mukilteo Businesses

Timeline of Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and the City of Mukilteo’s response to COVID-19.

Mayoral Actions for COVID-19 PandemicSubjectWeb Link
March 23 Mayor's Announcement that Lighthouse Park is ClosedLighthouse Park closed to prevent large crowds
March 20 Mayor Announces that All City Playgrounds City Playgrounds closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
March 17 Press Release Closing City HallCity Hall closed to the public until at least April 24City Hall Closes Indefinitely by Mayor
March 17 Mukilteo Fire and Police Stations Closed to the Public Closing Police and Fire Stations as Safety Precautions
March 16 Mayor Closes Rosehill Community Center until April 24Per the Governor's Emergency Proclamation limiting large events Rosehill CommunityCenter Closed
March 13 Mayor Gregerson Mayoral COVID-19 Proclamation of EmergencyProclamation That gives the Mayor authorization to exercise emergency powersMayor Proclamation of Emergency

City Facilities

      • City operations will continue, and staff will report to work as they are able. As of March 18, Mukilteo City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Residents are encouraged to call (425) 263-8000 to talk to City staff, visit the City website at mukilteowa.gov, or the Permits online portal at  for assistance during this time.
      • Rosehill Community Center will be closed to the public from March 16 to April 24, 2020. All recreation classes, drop-ins and events have been cancelled. Full refunds and deposits will be provided.Rosehill Community Center at dusk, shot from the lower parking lot with blue tones reflecting in the 2-story windows
      • The Police Department is closed to the public until further notice. If you need to contact the police, call the non-emergency number at (425) 407-3999. If you have an emergency, call 911.
      • Both Fire Stations are closed to the public until further notice.
      • All City of Mukilteo parks are open to the public. Public Works staff are doing their best to clean all equipment each day. Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Events, meetings and gatherings

      • All City non-essential meetings are cancelled through April 24.
      • All public meetings scheduled at Mukilteo City Hall have been cancelled through April 24.
      • All Boards and Commission meetings have been cancelled through April 24.

If you are unsure if a meeting, program or event has been cancelled, please call City Hall at (425) 263-8000.


FAQs

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson issued a Mayoral Proclamation of Emergency COVID-19 Response for the City of Mukilteo on March 13, 2020. What does that mean?

By issuing this proclamation, officials can assure that the City of Mukilteo has the tools in place and is ready to take appropriate actions quickly, when needed, to protect the health and safety of the community.

          • It allows the City to react quickly to developments in this very fast moving situation
          • It allows the City to waive competitive bidding requirements to procure supplies and equipment and make other necessary expenditures quickly without going through the usual time-consuming bidding procedures
          • It allows the Mayor to exercise emergency powers by issuing orders, directing City personnel, services and equipment, and take additional acts necessary to manage this emergency.

What is the City doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community?

According to local health officials, the risk to most members of our community remains low. However, for the safety of our more vulnerable demographics, Mukilteo has taken extra steps to minimize their potential exposure to the virus and help slow its spread in the community. This includes:

      • Closed playgrounds and assisted neighborhood associations with closing playgrounds starting March 20.
      • Cancelled City-sponsored events and gatherings through April 24.
      • Cancelled all public events, classes and drop-ins at Rosehill Community Center and closed the Center to the public. See City Facilities above for a full list.
      • Closed City Hall and all City facilities to the public until further notice.
      • Public Works crews disinfect all surfaces at City facilities and City parks twice per day.
      • The Police Department and both Fire stations are closed to the public.
      • Cancelled non-essential City meetings for staff meetings with more than 10 members.
      • For City essential meetings, staff is practicing “social distancing” by staying at least six feet from others, washing hands before and after meetings, and disinfecting the meeting space before and after a meeting.
      • Installing sanitizing bottles in all meeting rooms.
      • Mukilteo first responders in both Fire and Police are taking extra safety precautions with personal protective equipment when responding to calls.
      • Collaborating with our local partners to share leading guidance from health officials with our community, which are common sense tips such as good hand washing hygiene and staying home when sick.

Why did Mukilteo School District close?

On March 12, Governor Jay Inslee announced a mandate that all public and private schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties close from March 16 through April 24. Mukilteo School District made the decision to close as of March 13. Visit the district’s website for more information.

What about City Council meetings? How can the public attend and/or give public comments?

As of March 17, 2020, The City of Mukilteo expects that Regular Council Meetings will continue to occur by conference call (Mayor and Councilmembers only). The public can listen to and view the meetings from live streaming from the City’s website. Scroll down that page and look for the meeting date; click on the audio or video icon.

As of March 18, City Hall is closed to the public indefinitely. No members of the public will be able to attend meetings. Public comments can be sent to the City Clerk at cmoore@mukilteowa.gov and they will be read into the record. Members of the public can email elected officials anytime at elected@mukilteowa.gov. This information is subject to change without notice.

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For Mukilteo Businesses

On March 16, Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide emergency proclamation to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.  Governor Inslee also announced a further executive order expanding on orders from last week. He announced the ban will decrease in size to prohibit all events of 50 or larger statewide. Additionally, all gatherings with under 50 participants are prohibited unless criteria from the CDC for public health and social distancing are met.

On March 13, Governor Inslee expanded the ban on events larger than 250 beyond the Puget Sound region to the entire state.

On March 11, Governor Inslee  announced new community strategies and social distancing plans, including prohibiting events and gatherings of 250 people or more that take place in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. This order applies to gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational activities, including but are not limited to: community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers and similar activities.  On March 13, that order expanded to all of Washington state.

Resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19:

Name of ResourceTopic of LinkWeb Link
Snohomish Health District Important Business FAQsFAQs for Snohomish County Business Owners
Snohomish CountyCOVID-19 Business ResourcesLocal Snohomish County
Small Business AssociationFact Sheet about SBA Loans Small Business Association Disaster Loans Fact Sheet
Washington State Department of RevenueBusiness & Tax Relief During COVID-19Tax Relief During COVID-19
Employment Security DepartmentFor Workers Affected by COVID-19Employee Unemployment Information
Public Health - Seattle & King CountyPublic Health Signs for Businesses to PostPublic Health Signs
Centers for Disease Control & PreventionHow to Properly Disinfect Your BusinessEnvironmental Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations

Public health resources, information and guidelines for businesses and employers:

File: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-07%20Coronavirus%20%28tmp%29.pdf
Link: https://mukilteowa.gov/covid-19/
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