Important Information Regarding City Services Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Last updated June 15, 2020
City Hall is currently closed to the public. Receptionists are available to answer phone calls from 10am - 2pm Mondays through Thursdays at 425-398-8900. See below for more information and online resources.
The City of Kenmore is providing FREE masks for the community! Stop by our no-contact pick up station at the front entrance to City Hall and grab a pack of 4 free disposable masks. Join fellow community members in keeping one another safe and wear a mask in public spaces where you can't maintain at least 6 ft. distancing from others.
TUESDAYS: 10AM-12PM | THURSDAYS: 5PM-7PM | WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our region, and we all need to take additional steps to slow the spread. All City of Kenmore staff are being mandated to work from home, unless they are needed to provide essential city services, until further notice.
As a result, the City is currently operating with the following changes:
Kenmore City Hall is closed to the public and most City employees until further notice. Receptionists are available to answer phone calls Mondays - Thursdays from 10am - 2pm at 425-398-8900. We encourage the public to conduct city business via the following methods:
- For emergencies, please call 911
- Service requests should be placed online
- Public works/drainage requests should be called in: 253-274-6339
- Public records requests should be filed electronically online
- Permitting and inspection requests can be placed online at mybuildingpermit.com. You can reach out to our Permitting department by e-mail at PermitTech@kenmorewa.gov.
- City of Kenmore Franchise Utility ROW permitting requests and questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pet licensing can be filed online through King County here.
All park play structures and sports courts are closed until further notice. Park restrooms will be open beginning Tuesday, June 23. Park trails and open spaces will remain open to the public, however practicing social distancing and excellent hygiene is REQUIRED while using the parks to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The public portion of the Hangar Community Building is now open to the public with social distancing limitations. Reservations for the Hangar are not being accepted at this time. The portion of the Hangar leased by Diva Espresso will continue to be open for business. Diva Espresso will take additional precautions and may choose to operate at limited hours.
Meeting rooms reservations and events in City facilities are canceled until further notice.
All meeting room reservations in city facilities are cancelled until further notice. These cancelations include public events, classes, organized recreation activities, committee meetings, etc. in both the Hangar and City Hall. Exceptions are as follows:
- City Council meetings are being held virtually.
- Coffee with Council is being held virtually on the first Monday of the month at 7:30am, and the third Saturday of the month at 8:00am.
The following special events have been canceled or updated:
- 4th of July Fireworks Show – Canceled
- Movies @ the Square (July 8, July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19) – Canceled
- 18th Annual Summer Concert Series – Reduced to two concerts at Saint Edward State Park on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, or may be held virtually.
- Play Day (Aug. 15) – Canceled
- National Night Out (Aug. 26) – Canceled
- Holiday Tree Lighting (Dec. 5) – Canceled but working on an alternative way to celebrate the holiday season.
Some examples of essential services that will continue to operate normally are:
Fire and EMS services (provided by the Northshore Fire District)
Roadway safety, including traffic signal maintenance
Limited parks maintenance to empty garbage cans and perform safety checks
City construction projects, including the West Sammamish River Bridge Replacement
Crisis Connections Crisis Hotline: 1-866-4-crisis or 206-461-3222
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: 1-888-99-VOICE
Washington Recovery Helpline (substance abuse): 1-866-789-1511
- Fact sheet available in 21 languages on the COVID-19 homepage
- WA State Department of Health's COVID-19 webpages in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
- U.S. CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean
- Resources in American Sign Language for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind
- Find out more about the latest recommendations from Public Health - Seattle & King County
- Read the complete Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kenmore Community Update
- King County COVID-19 Data Dashboard
City News in Response to COVID-19
Press Release: Kenmore announces local face covering directive effective May 18 and will provide limited access to masks for residents.
Kenmore announces local face covering directive effective May 18
and will provide limited access to masks for residents
Kenmore, WA – The City of Kenmore has announced a local Face Covering Directive similar to the Public Health - Seattle & King County Face Covering Directive, that will go into effect on Monday, May 18. This proclamation directs all persons and commercial establishments within Kenmore’s boundaries to comply with the Public Health Seattle & King County Directive to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth in most public settings. Also consistent with the Public Health Directive, the Kenmore directive will educate and strongly encourage individuals to wear a face covering, however there will be no criminal, civil, or financial penalties for failing to wear a face covering in public.
The directive advises residents to wear a face covering at any indoor or outdoor public space where they may be within six feet of someone who does not live in their homes. A face covering is not needed during outdoor activities where six-foot distancing guidelines can be maintained.
Some of the places where face coverings are strongly recommended:
• Buses, light rail, and other forms of public transportation.
• Stores that sell food and beverages, including: grocery stores, pharmacies, corner stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, and big box stores that sell groceries.
• Retail stores, including: convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair shops, hardware and home improvement stores, garden stores that sell supplies for growing food, office supply stores, and home appliance stores.
• Restaurant take-out and food businesses. Employees who prepare, carry out, and deliver food must wear masks.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Public Health – Seattle & King County directive can be found here.
In order to support and make it easier to comply with this directive locally, the City of Kenmore is giving away a limited supply of disposable face masks. Residents who do not have access to face coverings can pick up a pack of four disposable face masks for free. There will be a no-contact pick up station open on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, and Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, at the front entrance on the southwest corner of City Hall beginning on Tuesday, May 19.
“We are committed as a community to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Kenmore,” said City Manager Rob Karlinsey. “Adopting a local face covering directive and providing masks to our residents are simple but important steps we can take to keep our neighbors and fellow community members safe.”
Face coverings that can be made from items at home and do not require sewing are perfectly acceptable and help reserve limited medical grade masks and N95 respirators for health care workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers information about proper use and care of homemade face coverings and directions for making cloth face coverings with a variety of materials here.
The City of Kenmore recognizes that individual circumstances may affect a person’s decision to wear a face covering. In addition, some people do not need to follow this directive for safety or health reasons; young children under the age of 2, anyone who is deaf and moves their face and mouth to communicate, and anyone who has been advised by a medical professional to not wear a face covering due to personal health reasons.
While face coverings help prevent the spread of infection to others, using a face covering does not replace the need to practice strict physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and avoiding touching of the face.
To find out more about the City of Kenmore’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.kenmorewa.gov.