Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The City of Sedro-Woolley has been closely tracking the quickly evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus or COVID-19. We continue to follow the guidance of the Skagit County and the Centers for Disease Control. We understand the important role that the City of Sedro-Woolley plays in helping to keep our community members safe.
Skagit County Public Health is your primary source of information for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please visit their website for the latest information:
City Buildings to Close to the Public Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020
In an effort to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and promote public health, beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, City of Sedro-Woolley buildings will be closed to the public until May 4, 2020. Our City Hall and buildings will be open to essential employees only, and we will continue to serve the community via the phone, email, postal mail or through our online services. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.
The following is a list of closures and cancellations:
- City Hall is closed to public access. However, our staff will still be working while following the proper protocols. Please see individual department instructions below for methods of doing needed business with the City departments.
- The City Community Center and Senior Centers are closed.
- All City parks are open at this time, but park restrooms are now closed.
- All City Committee and Commission Meetings have been cancelled through May 4, 2020.
- All City sponsored events and gatherings have been cancelled through May 4, 2020.
- Sedro-Woolley Council Meetings will continue as scheduled, although in an abbreviated format. City Council agendas will be limited to consent and action agenda items. The public comment period will be closed. However, you may provide written questions or comments via email, or by letter. We are hosting meetings remotely using GoToMeeting. Meeting details can be found on the Council Meetings page.
- Project-related public hearings for which notices have been published will still occur while following state and federal health guidelines. Alternatives to testifying in person at a hearing will also be provided.
- At this time, we suspending all fire and life safety inspection within the city limits. We are also suspending all public training such as CPR classes and CERT training.
Utility Billing: We encourage alternate options for payment and service. You can pay your bill over the phone by calling 360-855-1661, you can pay online through our online bill payment at https://www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us/resources/bill_pay.php, or you can drop off a payment to our Utility Drop Box outside of City Hall. If you have account actions or questions: Call 360-855-0929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Works: Offices of Wastewater, Solid Waste, Public Works Operations, and Cemetery will be closed to the public. However, all essential city services, such as sewage treatment and garbage collection, will continue to be delivered. For bid openings, bids already advertised and requiring a public opening will continue. The process for future bid openings will be updated and posted on this website. All Public Works staff will be managing their interactions with the public in a manner which promotes Social Distancing recommendations. Scheduled inspections will continue. Entry into residences will be avoided. A sign will be posted at the door of City Hall for any who choose to deliver in person to call staff for hand delivery at the door.
The Solid Waste Recycle and Yard Waste facilities will remain open.
Building, Planning and Engineering Departments: On March 18, the Sedro-Woolley Building, Planning and Engineering Departments closed the customer service area and ceased to accept applications in person. As of March 26, per the Stay Home, Stay Heathy order, the BPE Permit Center staff is not working from city hall and is no longer able to accept and process permit applications that are submitted electronically or by mail. Staff is periodically checking email and voicemails remotely, please contact us at:
Email: Michelle Grace at email@example.com (email is the preferred contact method)
Mailing address: 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
In response to COVID-19, the Governor has issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order suspending most construction activity. We will only provide inspections for those projects deemed essential per the Governor's Order (https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-stay-home-stay-healthy%C2%A0order) and Construction Guidance clarifying memo (https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SDCI/ConstructionGuidanceMemo.pdf). Please visit this State website (https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d4c155fa930f4b848f95774d610c9708) if you need clarity on whether you qualify as an essential construction site.
EFFECTIVE MARCH 26, 2020 – The City of Sedro-Woolley Building Department has ceased to perform non-emergency inspections on commercial and residential construction until the Governor’s order is lifted. All construction sites shall be secured and made safe prior to vacating. Inspections for emergency repairs identified in the Governors order may be performed using Facetime or Skype.
Municipal Court: Municipal Court is closed through June 4, 2020. Please view these links for details:
Public Safety: Police and Fire
Both of the Police and Fire Departments will closed to public access. However, both departments will continue to provide full service; note that first responders may arrive in full protective equipment as a precaution even though the patient may not display any flu-like symptoms. The Police lobby is closed.
Fire Department: The City of Sedro-Woolley Fire Department is continuing to take the COVID-19 virus very seriously. We are following County, State and national guidelines. Every patient contact that meets the criteria is evaluated following the protocols handed down to us from Skagit County EMS and Skagit County Public Health.
Once we contact a patient that meets all the criteria, we contact our local medical control and follow their guidelines. Patients may be asked to shelter in place rather than be transported to the local hospital.
At this time, we suspending all fire and life safety inspection within the city limits. We are also suspending all public training such as CPR classes and CERT training. If the public has Code questions, they are still able to contact us using our business line during normal business hours at 360-855-2252.
The Police Department is following the current guidelines on social distancing and minimizing potential infection. We are doing this for two specific reasons;
- We want to keep ourselves healthy and able to continue to do our job.
- We also want to do our part to stop the spread of the virus.
While City Hall is closed, the Police Department will be fully staffed and will be providing protection services for our community. Services we will still be providing are:
- We will still be making arrests, if required. If the crime is serious and a threat to the community, we will be booking people into Jail.
- If we are able, we will be collecting evidence and information on people committing less threatening calls and issuing them a citation and summons through the mail.
- The processing of Concealed Weapons Permits or performing fingerprinting is cancelled. However, customers may still call 360-855-0111, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm, for any questions regarding police business.
- We will be monitoring the Government ordered closures. If we find a problem, we will be contacting the offenders directly.
- The Police Department will be working 24/7, doing our job with very few changes.
For emergencies dial 911.
For non-emergency topics please dial 360-855-0111.
For those of you that are looking for additional resources on the subject, here are a few of the sites providing information and guidance:
State Covid19 Resources: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Stay home and self-quarantine when sick.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth; do not shake hands.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
Resources for small businesses:
The Small Business Administration has issued some guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to the coronavirus. Click here for access to information on SBA products and resources. The SBA also recently announced low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington state small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. Please find information on this program at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations. To view other SBA information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) go to https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
The Document Center provides easy access to public documents. Click on one of the categories below to see related documents or use the search function.
Documents sorted by HEADER in Descending Order within category
Governor's Office8 documents
- 20200402 Governor Extends 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' through May 4
- 20200331 Inslee and DFI Announce Assistance for Homeowners unable to make Mortgage Payments
- 20200323 Inslee announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order
- 20200316 Inslee Announces Statewide Shutdown of Restaurants, Bars and Expanded Social Gathering Limits
- 20200313 Inslee Announces Statewide School Closures, Expansion of Limits on Large Gatherings
- 20200311 Inslee Issues Emergency Proclamation that Limits Large Events to Minimize Public Health Risk during COVID-19
- 20200310 Inslee Announces Support for Workers and Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- 20200229 Inslee issues COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation