Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Recovery - Washington State Safe Start Plan

On Friday, June 5th Snohomish County entered into Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan.

To help prevent increased spread of COVID-19 as the state begins to gradually reopen, it’s important for Washington residents to continue staying home as much as possible, and do their part to keep everyone healthy.

Keep six feet away from others, wear a cloth face covering, wash your hands, and cover coughs and sneezes. Recreate and do business locally to avoid spreading the virus across county lines. We all play a part in keeping ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.

Free Face Coverings/Masks for Low Income Lynnwood Residents

The City of Lynnwood has received a large supply of free reusable face coverings from the WA State Department of the Military. These face coverings are intended for low income Lynnwood residents. The City will be partnering with local non-profit organizations to assist with distributing these face coverings.

Rent Assistance Grants Now Available

CARES Act Funding Available for Lynnwood residents struggling to pay rent or mortgage payments

On Monday, June 8, 2020, the Lynnwood City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $200,000 of the City's federal CARES Act funding to be put towards a community relief program to provide rental or mortgage assistance to Lynnwood residents negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

The City of Lynnwood is partnering with the Communities of Color Coalition (C3) to help administer these rent relief grants to our community members in need. 

"Housing has been an ongoing area of focus for the City Council and our City Administration," stated Mayor Nicola Smith. "We wanted our relief efforts to be focused on keeping individuals and families in their homes during these difficult times."

"Communities of Color Coalition (C3) is proud to partner with the City of Lynnwood," stated C3 Executive Director Jacque Julien. "We are happy for the opportunity to be in service and support to our communities that have been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We are an equity-based community organization that recognizes, housing security as a public health concern."


  • Must live inside city limits (check if your address is located inside City limits with our Do I Live in Lynnwood map.)
  • Can be used for rent or mortgage payments
  • Must demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19


Apply Now for Rental/Mortgage Assistance

For more information on the program, visit Communities of Color Coalition website at www.c3Coalition.org/Lynnwood_covid-19 or call the C3 hotline at 206-742-5301 Extension 803.

Rent Assistance Flyer

Free Face Coverings Distribution Sites

Lynnwood Food Bank
5320 176th St SW, Lynnwood
Face coverings can be picked up during regular grocery distribution days: Wednesdays 11:00am-5:00pm, Fridays 10:00am-1:00pm
If you do not need groceries, you can pick up your face coverings on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Nourishing Network Summer Meals Programs
7 Lynnwood sites available, visit website for specific location details

Volunteers of America Lynnwood Food Pantry
6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood
Thursdays, 11:00am-2:00pm

Lynnwood City Hall
19100 44th Ave W, Lynnwood
Please call or email for details: 425-670-5023 or jmoore@LynnwoodWA.gov.

Lynnwood Connects Check-In Calls

COVID-19 Local Business Resources

What's Open in Lynnwood    

We have been closely tracking the quickly evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus or COVID-19. We continue to follow the guidance of the Snohomish Health District and the Centers for Disease Control. We understand the important role that the City of Lynnwood plays in helping to keep our community members safe.

We have compiled a listing of local resources for community members to get accurate and up-to-date medical information, find resources to help support businesses and employers, resources for the community, and find ways that you can help support the efforts!


Detailed information on City building closures and further contact information: 

We understand that these closures may be an inconvenience but we must prioritize the health and safety of our community members and our city employees during these unprecedented times.

City Playgrounds, Sports Courts, Playfields & Off-Leash Dog Park Closed

All Lynnwood park playgrounds, sports courts, playfields and the Off-Leash Dog Area at Lynndale Park are closed to the public until further notice. All other park and trail areas remain open. We ask that all park users follow public health guidelines for social distancing:

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Help Fight the Spread of the Illness!

The Lynnwood Golf Course re-opened on May 5, 2020. For more information visit www.LynnwoodGC.com

City Buildings Closed to the Public

In an effort to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and promote public health, City of Lynnwood buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Our City Campus 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.


  • Customer Service staff are available to assist you, please leave a voicemail at 425-670-5732 or email Lynnwood_Rec@LynnwoodWA.gov
  • The Recreation Center is now open for lap swimming. Please make a reservation prior to arrival. 
  • For more information visit www.PlayLynnwood.com 

  • Customer Service staff are available to assist you by calling 425-670-5050.
  • For more information visit www.PlayLynnwood.com.


The Lynnwood Municipal Golf Course resumed operations on May 5, 2020. For more information visit www.LynnwoodGC.com


The Development & Business Service office is closed to the public. This closure effects Building, Planning, Public Works, Economic Development, Code Enforcement, and Fire operations.

All inspections of occupied structures are suspended until further notice.


Always dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

To Report a Crime

  • Emergency - Call 911 or Push the 911 button on the wall next to the front doors
  • Non – Emergency Number 425-407-3999 

Public Disclosure Request


  • Services are suspended until further notice

If you need to speak with the Police Department Front Desk Clerk

  • Call 425-670- 5600 or Push the JAIL button on the wall next to the front door and ask to be transferred to the front desk.
  • For more online services visit www.LynnwoodWA.gov/Police


NOTICE – All hearings between June 1st, 2020-June 12th, 2020 have been rescheduled. Starting Monday June 15th, 2020 Lynnwood Municipal Court will be holding all virtual hearings via Zoom. 

  • Contact the Court Clerks at 425-670-5100
  • The Courtroom will be open briefly every morning to accommodate in-custody persons.
  • For more online services visit www.LynnwoodWA.gov/Court.  

City Council Meetings

City Council Meetings will be held electronically until Snohomish County enters into Phase 3 of the Governor's Safe Start Washington Plan. Visit the City Council web page to learn more.

Board and Commission Meetings

City Board and Commission Meetings will begin to resume during the month of July and will be held via Zoom. Please visit the Boards & Commissions Agendas page for more information.

City Sponsored Events and Activities

Dear Lynnwood Community Members, 

Spring and summer months in Lynnwood are some of our favorite times to connect and celebrate with our community members. Due to the current health crisis, the City of Lynnwood has made the decision to cancel some of our beloved community events in 2020. Although these decisions were difficult, the long-term health and safety of our community members and our city staff are a top priority.

The following events and activities have been cancelled for 2020:

  • Arbor Day Celebration
  • Earth Day Park Service Day
  • Salmon Hatchery Open House
  • Memorial Day Ceremony
  • EGGS-plore Art Reception (look for virtual event coming soon)
  • Lynnwood Police Department’s Cops & Kids Event
  • Mayor Smith's State of the City Address (look for virtual event coming soon)
  • History & Heritage Days (June event)
  • Lynnwood Police Department’s Kids Police Camp
  • Shakespeare at the Park performance series at Lynndale Amphitheatre
  • Fair on 44th - Lynnwood’s Community Health & Safety Summer Block Party

We want to say thank you to our Lynnwood community, all our sponsors and partners, and volunteers for your continued ongoing support of our community events and gatherings.

City Staff are currently working on ideas for smaller, neighborhood-based events and engagement opportunities. Our hope is to offer community members many opportunities to connect and have fun, while maintaining recommended physical distancing and enhanced hygiene practices. Please stay tuned for more information and check out our Events Calendar and City Facebook page for updated information.

Until then, we miss you and we can’t wait until we can see you all again!



Additional information and community resources:

Governor's Washington State Safe Start Plan

Information on the Washington Safe Start Plan

Learn more by visiting www.Governor.WA.gov

Washington's phased approach

Governor's Announcements Regarding the Reopening of Public Life

Listing of Essential Businesses Defined in Governor’s Order

What’s Open and What’s Closed

City of Lynnwood Response to Order:

  • The City of Lynnwood is asking for all Lynnwoodians to do their part and stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of the virus.
  • The City of Lynnwood is not able to determining who is essential and who is not essential. For questions or clarifications on who is an essential worker, please contact the Governor’s Office through email at business@mil.wa.gov
  • The City of Lynnwood is not able to grant any exemptions to the governor’s list of essential businesses.
  • Law Enforcement Agencies are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance. Officers will not be asking for any kind of proof for essential workers. People are still free to be out to do essential errands, to recreate and to go to work if they are essential.
  • As a city we are asking for voluntary compliance with the Governor’s Order. #StayHomeLynnwood

City of Lynnwood's Emergency Proclamation

On March 4, 2020, Mayor Nicola Smith signed an Emergency Proclamation due to the serious risk to public health that COVID-19 poses to our community. This emergency proclamation gives our city the ability to quickly respond to the rapidly changing situation and ensure the best possible outcomes for our community members and city employees.

Updates from the City of Lynnwood

We are committed to providing our community members with frequent and up-to-date information throughout this public health crisis. View our latest Lynnwood eNews messages regarding COVID-19.

05/29/2020: COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 

05/21/2020: Attention Lynnwood Businesses - New Grant Opportunity Available Now

05/15/2020: City of Lynnwood Coronavirus Resources: Friday, May 15, 2020

05/05/2020: Funding Still Available for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

05/01/2020: Lynnwood Golf Course Set to Re-Open May 5

04/29/2020: Update on Lynnwood's Spring and Summer Events

04/24/2020: Additional Funding for Small Businesses - Get Ready to Apply Now!

04/24/2020: Snohomish County Mayors Issue a Joint Letter to the Greater Snohomish County Community

04/17/2020: LSC Releases Special Edition of The Messenger During Stay Home Order 

04/15/2020: Lynnwood Connects Check-In

04/10/2020: City of Lynnwood Update: Coronavirus Resources 

04/07/2020: New State Grant Fund for Small Businesses

04/03/2020: Art News in Lynnwood - COVID-19 Resources for Artists 

04/01/2020: A message from Chief of Police Tom Davis regarding our response to COVID-19

03/31/2020: Supporting Lynnwood Businesses Through COVID-19 Crisis

03/24/2020: Message to the Lynnwood Community Regarding "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order from Mayor Nicola Smith

03/20/2020: A Message to the Lynnwood Community Regarding COVID-19: March 20, 2020

03/16/2020: City Buildings to Close to the Public Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 03/13/2020: A Message to the Lynnwood Community Regarding COVID-19: March 13, 2020

 03/12/2020: Message from Chief Tom Davis concerning department response to COVID-19

03/11/2020: COVID-19 Lynnwood Recreation Center Programming Update: March 11, 2020

03/05/2020: City of Lynnwood Update Regarding COVID-19

Resources for Community Members

  • City of Lynnwood Utility Billing Reduced Rates/Rebates and Payment Arrangements: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lynnwood is not currently shutting off water due to lack of payment. Please contact Utility Billing staff members at 425-670-5170 or ub@lynnwoodwa.gov if you need to make payment arrangements or have questions about your account. Contact our Reduced Rate and Rebate program at 425-670-5164 or email ubdiscounts@lynnwoodwa.gov. Please visit the Utility Billing webpage for all applications and payment arrangement form.

  • Lynnwood Connects Check-In Program: weekly phone call to see how residents are doing and share a friendly conversation. Check-In calls are intended to provide an opportunity to connect to those who may be feeling socially isolated by linking individuals with a friendly, caring City of Lynnwood staff member. More info

  • Snohomish County PUD: Any customer in need can call PUD Customer Service at 425-783-1000 and representatives can help make payment arrangements. The PUD will not disconnect customers for late payment at this time but advises customers to continue regular payments to avoid falling behind. The PUD offers discount programs for income-qualified customers. These programs include provisions to help in situations of sudden job loss.
  • Puget Sound Energy: We know some of our business and residential customers might be worried about paying their bills. PSE will not be disconnecting services due to lack of payment. 1-888-225-5773 or visit www.PSE.com

  • Lynnwood Food Bank: The Lynnwood Food Bank is committed to serving the community through this time. Call or visit their website for more information. Distribution days are Wednesday and Friday. Just need to bring your drivers license with proof of address. 425-745-1635 or http://www.lynnwoodfoodbank.org/

  • Homage Senior Services: Serving seniors and older adults. Call 1-800-442-2024 or visit https://homage.org/.

  • Volunteers of America Drive Through Food Pantry: Every Thursday 11am - 2pm, 6215 196th St SW Lynnwood, www.voaww.org/foodbank 

  • Edmonds School District: The School District Food and Nutrition Department plans to continue to provide meals to all children during the school closures. There are several school site locations that any child can come and get a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at no cost.

    Locations, Meal Delivery options, and more: https://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=306754&pageId=32139453

    Other Edmonds School District Family Support Information: https://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/families/family_support

  • Foundation for Edmonds School District: Foundation for Edmonds School District is offering three community sites for meals grab-and-go locations: https://foundationesd.org/programs/nourishing-network/

  • Employment: WorkSource has compiled a listing of essential businesses that are currently hiring: http://www.worksourceskc.org/essential-workforce-needs

  • Employment Security Department: There are expanded unemployment benefits now available to workers affected by COVID-19. Benefits are now available for contract workers and part-time employees. Funds will not run out. The ESD has experienced a high traffic volume and users should practice patience when applying for benefits. Visit: http://www.worksourceskc.org/essential-workforce-needs

  • 211: Call centers are helping to address the public’s concerns regarding COVID-19 including their health, jobs, and day-to-day living. New resources for individuals affected by COVID-19 are developing daily and 211 can help connect you to the resources available to you: Call 1-800-223-8145.

  • Give Well Local: We want you to be aware of a new centralized community resource needs site, Give Well Local. The site connects those who have resources with those who have needs due to the current COVID-19 epidemic. https://pihchub.org/givewell/

  • Artist Trust: For local and WA State artists, Artist Trust's Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19.

Resources for Accurate Information on COVID-19

We are following the guidelines of the following public health agencies and we suggest using these resources to find accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19.