City officials meet 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 also includes local health, government, education, nonprofit, and economic officials.
At a special meeting on March 16, 2020, 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.
The City and County are continuing to provide essential services (including utilities, law enforcement, and fire) while the “Stay Home. Stay Health” order is in effect. Most City and County offices are closed to the public, but continue to operate.
City of Walla Walla
As of Tuesday, March 17, all City buildings are closed to the public. If you need to contact someone at the City, an employee directory is available here. For general questions, please call 509-527-4522.
- Finance/Utilities: Utility payments may not be made in person. Payments can be submitted online; mailed to City Hall, 15 N. 3rd Ave.; or placed in the City utility drop box located along Third Avenue near the entrance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building, 201 N. Third Ave. To speak with a customer service representative, call 509-527-4423.
To help Walla Walla residents who might be having financial difficulties during this time, City officials have decided to not shut off water services for nonpayment during the emergency. However, we encourage customers to continue to make payments in order to avoid late fees that may be added at a future date.
- Human Resources: HR is closed to the public, but the office continues to operate. Applications for City employment may only be made online here.
- City Council: Council work sessions and meetings are continuing, but members of the public are not be able to attend in person. The meetings will be livestreamed on the City website, and the public may provide input in real time via a chat function or by emailing City Clerk Kammy Hill at email@example.com.
- Development Services: DS continues to process permits online and via email and phone, and building inspections continue. For more information, call 509-524-4710 or visit Development Services online.
- Public Works: Garbage and recycling services are continuing, as are essential construction projects. The Sudbury Landfill is open to the public only on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The City’s water supply continues to be monitored and tested, and is safe to drink.
- Parks & Recreation: All Recreation programs are canceled or postponed indefinitely, and facility reservations are canceled through April 24. City parks and restrooms are open. This graphic shows which parts of City parks are open to the public and which are closed. Parks staff will continue with parks/cemetery maintenance. Recreation staff are creating online activities for the family; follow the Parks & Recreation Facebook page for more information.
- Walla Walla Public Library: The Library is closed to the public indefinitely, and all in-person Library programs are canceled. Library staff are creating online activities for the family; follow the Library Facebook page for more information.
- Police and Fire/Ambulance departments: The Police and Fire offices are closed to the public, and all public programs are canceled or postponed indefintely. In the event of emergency, WWPD may allow limited entrance to the Walla Walla Police Station as deemed necessary by Chief Scott Bieber. To contact the WWPD, call 509-527-4434.
Walla Walla County
Click here to view a list of open and closed County facilities.
City parks remain open for exercise, but certain areas are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you go out in public — including visiting a City park, you must keep a 6-foot distance between you and any other people.
Open: Walking and nature trails, BMX track, dog park, disc golf course, park restrooms. (City staff clean and sanitize the restrooms each morning, so please be patient as we prepare them for your use. We’ve also placed hand-washing stations in most parks.
Closed: Playgrounds, skate parks, Jefferson Park fishing pond, Veterans Memorial Golf Course, pickleball courts.