SNOHOMISH COUNTY APPROVED TO MOVE TO PHASE 2
June 5, 2020 – Snohomish County and the Snohomish Health District received notification from Secretary of Health John Wiesman today that their Phase 2 variance application has been approved. The official approval letter is available online, and is effective immediately.
“Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” said County Executive Dave Somers.
Snohomish County businesses authorized to open in Phase 2 may do so as long as they are able to meet their industry-specific health and safety guidelines. General questions about how to comply with the agreement practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-worker-inquiries.
The Washington State Department of Health launched a risk assessment dashboard. Individuals can see data at the county- and state-level relating to the metrics used to determine readiness to move between phases. The Snohomish Health District will also be reporting out on its progress on a weekly basis moving forward.
While Phase 2 does re-open some businesses and activities, there are still restrictions in place that residents should be aware of. In Phase 2, general guidelines include:
- Gatherings with no more than 5 people from outside your household per week. This includes outdoor recreation like camping, hiking or beach trips.
- High-risk populations – such as people older than 60, those with underlying health conditions, or pregnant women – should continue to stay home aside from essential business and errands.
- Non-essential travel will be limited to activities that are approved to reopen under Phase 2, and those will come with health and safety guidance to follow. For example, restaurants could reopen at limited on-site capacity, with appropriate social distancing, no more than five customers per table, and no bar-area seating.
- For people who can continue to work remotely, teleworking is strongly encouraged.
Mask Mandate: Beginning June 8, all employees are required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection based on safety and health rules and guidance from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Refer to L&I’s Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details.
Stay at Home Order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an Executive Order directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Washingtonians. In accordance with this order, the Governor has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
- Phased re-opening of economy 5-4-2020
- Safe Start Plans and Guidance 5-1-2020
- Arlington Mayoral Directive to Essential Businesses
Washington State Response
Washington State and WA State Governor have webpages specifically dedicated to COVID-19. With the situation changing quickly throughout the state, the webpages are intended to provide a variety of resources in a straightforward manner. The Snohomish Health District, Washington State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are closely monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.
The most important thing you can do is remain calm, prepared, and informed. It also is important to take standard illness prevention tips. The same steps you take to reduce the spread of flu or other respiratory illnesses are key tools for reducing the spread of coronavirus.
WA State Department of Health Information
City of Arlington Operational Changes
City of Arlington is taking precautionary steps to limit the community spread of COVID-19 and do our best to maintain City operations. In order to practice good social distancing and reduce the spread of the disease we are making to following adjustments to City services:
The City will be following State and Snohomish County Health District advisories for community events. Events are cancelled that are within the first 3 Phases that do not allow for gatherings, and don’t allow for gatherings more than 50 people.
The Snohomish Health District has recommended citizens not to plan creative ideas such as non-essential outings and gatherings.
- Go to http://arlingtonwa.gov/166/Community-Events for list of event cancellations.
We have cancelled or postponed non-essential public meetings. Please check our website calendar for updates.
City Council and Planning Commission now are online meetings: Council is using Zoom video conferencing technology.
Public can view the meetings online on the YouTube channel.
Public Comment: Prior to the meeting, any member of the public who wishes to speak, must register by completing a form online or calling the City. This form can also be used for those wishing to submit written comment to City Council.
City Council Meeting Public Comment Form:
Planning Commission Meeting Public Comment Form
For questions regarding City Council meetings, email email@example.com, call 360-403-3441, or mail a letter to City of Arlington, 238 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223. Communication must be received at least one day prior to the meeting.
For Planning Commission meeting questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 360-403-3551, or mail a letter to City of Arlington, 238 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223. Communication must be received at least one day prior to the meeting.
The City of Arlington is making various adjustments to continue to conduct City business and accommodate social distancing. Please call or e-mail general questions to 360-403-3421 or email email@example.com
Government offices will re-open in Phase 3.
Finance Office at City Hall is closed for walk-in transactions.
- Passport services suspended until further notice
- Pay utility bills online: https://www.xpressbillpay.com/ or by phone at 360-403-3421 or at dropbox on City Hall
Community & Economic Development Office
- Use online permit submittal process and mail in plans when paper copies are required.
- For the permit center call 360-403-3551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Airport is encouraging all business to be conducted online and by phone whenever possible.
- The Airport Office is still open in the event there is business that must be conducted in person.
- Payments can be dropped off in the Transient Tie–Down box, in the back of the Airport Office building, this box will be checked daily.
Public Works Office
- Customer service desk is by call-button only.
- Stillaguamish Conference Room is closed and all room use has been suspended until further notice.
- Police Department lobby is closed.
- Please call 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies or 425-407-3999 for non-emergencies.
- City residents may also file no-suspect, non-emergency police reports at www.mycrimereport.us
- Discretionary fingerprinting suspended.
- To request a copy of a police report please email@example.com or call Support Services at (360) 403-3400
- To schedule an appointment to retrieve property/evidence, or review records that can’t be mailed or provided electronically, please call Police Support Services at (360) 403-3400
Arlington Fire Department
- Restricted access to Arlington Fire Department stations
- Increased Arlington Fire personnel safety protections and Body Substance Isolation protocols
Parks and Recreation
City of Arlington parks and trails remain open for public use. Please follow the CDC’s guidelines on how to stop the spread of germs when enjoying these spaces.
- Park restrooms- Haller Park restrooms are open. There are portable toilets at Legion Park, Twin Rivers Park and Jensen Park.
- Playgrounds are closed until Phase 3.
- Shelters are closed. Do not gather in groups at the parks.
- Community rooms and park shelter reservations are cancelled and no new reservations until further notice
- Organized sports are allowed on ballfields
- Splash Pad at Haller Park will not open until Phase 4
- Cemetery office is closed to walk-in customers. Service arrangements are by appointment only by calling (360)-403-3428.
- Graveside services are limited to a maximum of 7 immediate family members, funeral director and 2 staff members.
- 10-2020 City of Arlington Non-profit Grant
- 9-2020 City of Arlington Utility Customer Support
- 7-1-2020 Mask Mandate Flyer- City of Arlington
- Daily COVID-19 County Case Count information
- 6-26-2020 Face Mask Requirement
- 5-4-2020 Phased Approach to Recovery
- 5-1-2020 Safe Start plans and guidance for reopening
Links to Information
- List of essential workers/services
- WA State Coronavirus Response
- WA Governor's coronavirus webpage
- WA Department of Health
- Snohomish Health District
- Everett Clinic flu and coronavirus resources
- MultiCare free e-visits
- Skagit Regional Health free e-clinic
- Snohomish Health District FAQ sheet
- WA Dept of Health fact sheet
- World Health Organization
- Real time map of coronavirus spread- John Hopkins University
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Providence Covid-19 Shelter Update
- Community Foundation of Snohomish County response fund @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
In Need Resources
- Washington Connection- Your Link to Services
- NSCO Community Laundry Outreach
- Arlington Community Food Bank
- Arlington Community Resource Center
- Jake’s House Church
- Convoy of Hope food and supplies May 4 May 5
- Financial Resources for WA residents
- City of Arlington Utility Customer Support Program
- City of Arlington Non-Profit Grant Program
Message from Mayor Barb
Thank you for staying the course - keeping physical distance, wearing masks, and making every effort to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. I know that this year has been extremely challenging for all of us. We are learning to navigate as each new challenge unfolds, often with few tools to help us through.
The City has been helping where we can, with the Coronavirus Relief Funds for Local Governments Program (CARES Act Funds). To help with the economic impact in our town, City Council approved $310,750 for economic recovery and stabilization to support our businesses adversely affected by the shutdowns. We worked on several initiatives, including business rent relief grants, we issued 69 Arlington businesses grants totaling $193,220. We have partnered with the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce to set up a shop local website for Arlington businesses and consumers shoplocalarlington.com that will launch for the holiday season. We also set up an Outdoor Eatery at Legion Park to support the restaurants serving takeout.
For many people, this time has been overwhelmingly stressful financially and emotionally. Please reach out for help. Many banks and utilities are offering some grace right now, but they need to know your struggle so they can guide you to the best resources for your situation. The City Council approved $292,000 to support our families adversely impacted by COVID-19. The City has forwarded $150,000 of the CARES funds to the Arlington Community Resource Center to assist with household rent, mortgages, utilities, and human services needs. CARES funding was also forwarded to the Arlington Community Food Bank and the Stillaguamish Senior Center to help those in need. The City has a new utility customer support program that provides a utility credit for our customers who qualify. See sidebar for information on the program. City Council also approved $186,130 to support public health and provide the tools to keep our staff protected.
Due to the economic downturn, the City is making adjustments to the 2021/2022 budget. Thankfully, with our strategic financial positioning, we have not had to eliminate any staff. We are hoping for a quick economic recovery for the City, Arlington businesses, and the nation. When we do recover, we hope to continue to make headway in areas of concern, particularly transportation projects.
We are disappointed that we have not been able to celebrate our holiday events in the traditional fashion. We have a group of volunteers working on creative ways to celebrate while following the Governor’s Phase mandates. The upcoming holiday season will be a bit different, but there are ways to participate with a sense of community.
Earlier today, the Snohomish County Board of Health and the Snohomish County Council both unanimously approved a variance request to move Snohomish County to Phase II of reopening. I joined 16 other Snohomish County mayors in strongly supporting this effort. We have collectively issued the following public statement:
News Release: Snohomish County Mayors Support Phase II Variance Request
Today, the Snohomish County Board of Health and Snohomish County Council both unanimously approved a variance request to move Snohomish County to Phase II of the Governor’s phased reopening plan.
We strongly support this action and encourage the State to act quickly to approve the variance request and move Snohomish County into Phase II. Our residents and businesses have made tremendous efforts to stay safe and help slow the spread of COVID-19, but they have also sacrificed greatly. We believe we are on the right path to recovery. We are incredibly thankful for our public health officials, emergency management professionals, and our local healthcare workers who have prepared our healthcare system to appropriately manage our County’s positive COVID-19 cases. With our healthcare system in good shape, we believe we are ready to slowly re-open businesses and get our residents back to work.
We look forward to continuing to work with our partners throughout the County to open in a safe and thoughtful manner, setting us on a path to economic recovery.
One month ago, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, and with that bold and necessary action, he called all citizens to collectively protect each other from the novel coronavirus. Arlington residents and businesses have done a remarkable job of implementing all the techniques to keep our local COVID-19 case counts low. The graph shows that as of April 23, Arlington has 92 cases. That’s an eight-fold increase since the first case, but still much lower than early estimates. I commend you for your diligence in these efforts.
Isolating is not easy for any of us. We have taken on new responsibilities to create ways to provide for our families, jobs, and businesses. These new tasks are hard and frustrating, and many of us are worried about losing our jobs, businesses and homes. We all want to see the restrictions lifted, and we must remain committed to public health to lead us to when we can begin to safely restart our economies.
I am working with leaders at the state and county level to prepare us to re-enter a more usual daily life. The plan calls for a sector-based and gradual approach, with testing, tracing, monitoring and evaluating, to ensure that we do not trigger a resurgence of COVID-19. Governor Inslee has provided a document that previews the "Safe Return to Public Life in Washington State" http://arlingtonwa.gov/…/Washington-Recovery-Plan-COVID-19-…
I will continue to share with you the data for Arlington and plan specifics that become available. While our businesses wait to get back to business, now is a great time to make your detailed plans for the environmental and safety measures you will want in place to be open and protect your employees and the public from the virus.
If you have free time, please help the Arlington Community Food Bank to provide masks for our community. More information is available at https://www.arlingtonfoodbank.org/ and http://arlingtonwa.gov/664/Masks-for-Arlington
In the meantime, stay home, wash your hands often, wear a face cover, and practice physical distancing when you go out for essential business. This work, performed by all of us, is a gift we give to our families and our future.
Thank you to everyone in our community for doing your part to keep our community safe during this pandemic. COVID-19 cases in Arlington total 87, and sadly, one death. Snohomish County has 2032 confirmed positive cases and 86 deaths. Our hearts go out to those patients and their families who have endured this experience.
My thoughts are with students and their families as they navigate on-line and at-home learning. A special shout out to the high school seniors who are missing out on key aspects of their final year of high school. Your unique sacrifices are especially appreciated.
My gratitude is bottomless for those on the front lines of this crisis as they continue to serve and to care for our community. I respectfully acknowledge how tough it is to deal with such drastic changes. This community feels your stress as you work for your business, personal and family survival.
I participate in daily briefings with Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management, and we are seeing encouraging signs that social distancing and sanitation is working to limit the spread of COVID-19. We must keep up the good work so we can move into a recovery phase. To prepare for that, I have joined a county-wide task force that will work on what re-entry looks like. I have also assembled a local task force that will look directly at the needs of the Arlington community and its businesses. The Arlington task force is a diverse group of local business people who will give us input from all business sectors, particularly small businesses. They are part of a city-wide effort to identify strategies and resources needed to kick-start our local economy following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
While that planning is going on, the Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce has taken a lead role in presenting information for businesses and how they can get help and financial support. If you have experienced business challenges, please reach out to the Stilly Valley Chamber for some great help. You can reach them at 360-659-5453.
Thank you all for your grace and patience as we move through this pandemic. We are all in this together. Every day, I hear of more resources for families and individuals who are struggling, and city staff is capturing that information.