COVID-19 UPDATE

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April 6, 2020 

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. Cases continue to grow across Washington State. We encourage you to stay informed by regularly checking:

On April 2, Governor Jay Inslee extended the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order through May 4th.  There were no other changes to the order.  

If you have concerns about a business, learn more about what is considered “essential” and if needed, report the business here.  We are pleased to pass along that we have not heard of many large gatherings of people in our parks or public areas.  But, if you have concerns about a private group or large gatherings, contact Bothell Police at their non-emergency number: 425-486-1254

Health agencies are strongly encouraging everyone to follow these directions and practice social distancing. See the following fact sheet for preventative tips: COVID-19 Coronavirus Fact Sheet.  If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider. 

Service Changes 

  • All city buildings are closed to the general public, but we continue to provide many services remotely. Please give us a call instead of coming to City Hall. Staff can help you conduct your business over the phone or online!  
  • We can accept Utility payments over the phone and continue to process online payments.  We have instituted a grace period for late payments and will not be mailing shut-off notices this month. Just a reminder, you can set up utility billing online! 
  • Permit activities are continuing and you can submit applications and track them online through www.mybuildingpermit.comOther information can be obtained by calling 425-806-6400. You can also call that number to make appointments for phone conferences with staff
  • The Police Department has suspended fingerprinting services and prescription medication take-back services.Building, Plumbing and Mechanical inspections have resumed and will continue, if recommended physical distancing and safety can be maintained. 
  • For service of legal process or to submit claims for damages, go the Bothell Police Department entryway in person orcall our non-emergency dispatch at (425) 486-1254 for assistance.
  • Public Requests are still being accepted and processed. However, no in-person public records business is currently allowed, including submitting a request for records, picking up/paying for copies, or physically inspecting records. Requests can be submitted electronically through our online portalPlease direct questions to PublicRecords@bothellwa.gov or call 425-806-6154.

Full list of Service Changes by Department

Cancelations and Closures 

  • All public meetings, events, classes and community meeting rooms have been canceled through April 30th.  We are exploring the possibility of virtual council meetings.   
  • All city Boards and Commission meetings for the month of March and April have been canceled.  
  • Bothell Municipal Court has suspended normal operations until further notice. Check their webpage for updates.
  • *NEW* - City Council Meeting on April 7th will be virtual  

Parks & Recreation

  • All city parks and trails are open at this time, but park restrooms, playgrounds/equipment and sport courts are now closed.
  • Recreation classes, as well as sportsfield and picnic shelter reservations from now until April 30th have been cancelled.
  • Lytle House and the North Creek Schoolhouse are closed.
  • North Creek Sportsfields are closed to all drop-in use.

What the City of Bothell is Doing

  • Mayor Olsen declared a local State of Emergency on March 5th for quicker procurement of supplies and equipment 
  • Continues to work closely with lead agencies, King County Public Health and Snohomish Health District and community partners to make informed decisions.
  • Bothell Fire is working closely with county health officials to ensure first responders have the information they need to follow safety protocols and provide appropriate services.  
  • Continuing to use our Emergency Coordination Center to plan for changes in staffing, address personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for first responders, and ensure delivery of essential services.

  • Prioritizing how and where we provide service, as we plan for staffing shortages. We have adjusted staff schedules and closed rooms/facilities to ensure essential health and safety services, such as Fire Department/Medical, Police Services and Public Works utilities are maintained and supported 

  • Connecting with our senior communities, faith-based leaders and business community to better understand their concerns