Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. The order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:

  • Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
  • Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
  • Going to work at an essential business.
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
  • What does it mean to stay home? 

This prohibition shall remain in effect through May 4, 2020, unless extended beyond that date.
Read more here.

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.

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:

City Meetings

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: Using Zoom video conferencing technology. Citizens can remotely view and/or provide public comment at City Council and Planning Commission meetings using Zoom.

View the meeting online:  Use the call in number available on the meeting agenda documents 

Public Comment: Prior to the meeting, any member of the public who wishes to speak, must register by completing a form online. 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, 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, 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.

City Offices

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

Finance Office at City Hall is closed for walk-in transactions.

  • Passport services suspended until further notice
  • Pay utility bills online: 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

Airport Office

  • 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

  • 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
  • Discretionary fingerprinting suspended.
  • We will continue to take appointments for Concealed Pistol License fingerprinting with City of Arlington residents
  •  To request a copy of a police report please or call Support Services at (360) 403-3400
  • To schedule an appointment to retrieve property/evidence, be fingerprinted for a CPL, 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, playgrounds, and shelters are closed.  Do not gather in groups at the parks.
  • Community rooms and park shelter reservations are cancelled to April 24 and no new reservations until further notice
  • Organized sport reservations on City ballfields are cancelled  to April 24 or until further notice


  • Cemetery office is closed to walk-in customers.  Service arrangements are by appointment only by calling (360)-403-3428.
  • All new headstone orders are currently on hold.  
  • Graveside services are limited to a maximum of 7 immediate family members, funeral director and 2 staff members.

New Information

  • 4-2-2020 Governor extends Stay Home order through May 4, 2020
  • 3-31-2020 Snohomish Health District orders reinforces social distancing, require isolation and quarantine
  • Daily COVID-19 County Case Count information 

Links to Information

Business Resources

Message from Mayor Barb

Thank you Arlington Community for keeping physical distance and making every effort to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Those of you on the front lines, working in hospitals, clinics, pharmacy, public safety, grocery store and supply chains we pray for the safety of you and your families.

For many people, mortgages and other financial obligations are coming due as paychecks shrink or go away. We are all wading through vast amounts of information. I want to let Arlington community members know that there is help available but you have to reach out to get it.

If you are stressing about making your rent, home, car or credit card payments please pick up the phone and contact your lender. 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.

Here is a resource that has some great advice and information on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
Department of Financial Institutions COVID-19

I want to share the information that came from the many video calls Thursday. There is an abundance of information available. Let us know what you need, and we will assist in any way we can.

As of 2:00 p.m. Thursday, the Snohomish Health District reported 778 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Snohomish County (35 of those cases are in or around the Arlington area).

Rumors that a special "pass" or "license" is required to go anywhere, such as an "essential job site," are not true. Please don’t call 911 to report this. We need to let them do their critical work, not respond to rumors. We’re asking you to help share this information to help put the rumor to rest.

The Governor reiterated in his press conference today the need to stay at home, except for going out for necessary household items or essential work. It is okay to go outside for a walk, bike ride, or a drive, but please remember to practice "physical distancing". Please comply with these practices so that we are doing our part to flatten the curve of this spread, keep people safe, and hopefully shorten the time needed for these necessary measures.

Additionally, when you are at the supermarket or anywhere to procure necessary items or to do anything, I would ask that you please, please practice the "physical distancing" as well. Many mayors have received communications from residents who are genuinely worried about getting close to people who don’t seem as concerned as they are. We should all make this distancing a priority.

We can also respect those who wish to exercise their right to be outside, and understand the importance of such respites in getting through this time. Being outside for a walk, jog, bike ride or something similar is fine, as long as we are practicing physical distancing.

It is gratifying to hear about organizations and individuals stepping up to help the community during this difficult time. The Arlington Community Food Bank is working to ensure no one goes hungry, the school district is distributing hundreds of meals to kids, and local businesses have donated critical supplies to our first responders. These selfless acts are what make Arlington a wonderful community.

We here at the City of Arlington continue to work daily to provide all of the essential services of your local government both related to and unrelated to COVID-19. Thank you for taking the time to read this and helping us share information with our friends and neighbors.

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