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 Skagit County is approved for Phase 3 of the Safe Start plan. Our City Hall and buildings will be open to 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. While City Hall remains closed during the Phase 2 process, our staff are back in the office and able to receive calls, emails, and postal mail.
- The City Community Center and Senior Centers are closed. The Community Center and Senior Center will remain closed until Phase 4, when more than 50 people will be allowed to gather.
- All City parks are open at this time. Park restrooms are open, but with limited hours due to the need to clean and sanitize them several times throughout the day.
- All City Committee and Commission Meetings will be held virtually via GoToMeeting or Zoom until further notice.
- All City sponsored events and gatherings have been cancelled until Skagit County is approved for Phase 4 of the Safe Start plan.
- 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 virtually using GoToMeeting or Zoom. Meeting details can be found on the Council Meetings page.
- 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 email@example.com.
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, see instruction with the Invitation for Bids. 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: BPE Permit Center staff is working at City Hall, however the Permit Center is not yet open to the public per Phase 2 guidelines. Applicants may submit permit applications electronically or by mail.
To apply for a building permit, please email Michelle Grace, Permit Technician, at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive full details on how to apply.
To apply for a land use permit, please email Katherine Weir, Assistant Planner, at email@example.com to receive full details on how to apply.
You may also mail complete applications to the Building and Planning Department:
Mailing address: Sedro-Woolley Building and Planning, 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Construction and Inspections:
On June 5, Skagit County entered Phase 2 of the Washington Safe Start plan. All construction, including new work, is now allowed as long as the job site meets the Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements.
The Building Department has resumed performing inspections upon request. Most inspections will be performed using Facetime or Skype. If an inspector must be on site to perform an inspection, no construction employees may be within ten feet of the inspector and all materials the inspector must interact with shall be disinfected.
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/
Property Tax Relief: https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/Treasurer/main.htm
- 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.
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