The City officials are meeting every day via videoconference to discuss the local situation regarding COVID-19, and a City representative is attending daily meetings with Walla Walla County’s Unified Command, which includes local health and government officials.
City leaders are also working with and supporting our community partners to ensure vulnerable residents can continue to get the services they require.
On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of everyone in the state. This order is effective immediately, and will remain in place for at least the next two weeks.
The City will continue to provide essential services, including utilities, Police, and Fire, while the order is in effect. City parks will remain open for exercise, but playground equipment is considered off-limits in order to ensure the proper distance of 6 feet from other people and to prevent the spread of the virus from surfaces.
At a special meeting on Monday, March 16, the Walla Walla City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring an emergency due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and outbreak of COVID-19. The emergency areas include the City of Walla Walla and all parts of Walla Walla and Umatilla counties where City facilities, property, and/or personnel may be located.
Walla Walla’s resolution authorizes the Walla Walla City Manager to enter into contracts for public works and purchases, protect the health and safety of persons and property, provide emergency assistance to residents, and other actions necessary to respond to emergency situations.
Also on March 16, the City of Walla Walla activated the City’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Per the COOP, the City has shifted its focus to performing mission-essential functions. All City offices have been closed to the public, but essential services continue to be provided.
More information about the resolution and the City response is available here.