Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Help slow the spread of coronavirus and Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Governor Jay Inslee’s Order calls for all of us to Stay Home, and Stay Healthy to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This order is in effect until May 4, 2020.
We are calling on all Lynnwoodians to stay home and limit your contact with those outside of your household. Only leave your home for essential trips such as groceries, medical services, and essential work. 

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!

COVID-19 Community Resources(PDF, 164KB)

COVID-19 Local Business Resources

What's Open in Lynnwood    

*All City Buildings are now closed to the public. Please see the information below on how to connect with city employees by phone, email, US mail, or online services.
*All City playgrounds, sports courts, play fields, and off-leash dog park are now closed to the public.


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:

• Stay home if sick
• No group gatherings
• Maintain 6-foot distance to others
• Playgrounds and play equipment closed
• Drinking Fountains closed – bring your own water bottle
• Wash Your Hands
• Pack out your trash

Help Fight the Spread of the Illness!

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.



The Lynnwood Recreation Center will be closed until at least April 8, 2020.


The Lynnwood Senior Center will be closed until at least April 30th.

  • 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 is now closed until further notice.


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


Judge Stephen Moore has signed Administrative Order 2020-02, which takes effect Tuesday, March 17th, and it outlines the following:

  • The Court will be closed to the public. Clerks and Probation Officers will be available to assist customers via phone, email, postal mail and through online services.
  • 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.  

Board and Commission Meetings

All City Board and Commission Meetings have been cancelled through the end of March. Some Boards and Commissions will meet in April through Zoom. Visit the Board and Commission Meeting webpage to see which meetings will be held.


City Sponsored Events and Activities

All City sponsored events and activities have been cancelled through the end of April.



Additional information and community resources:

Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

Information on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

UPDATE: On April 2, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 4, 2020. 

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee announced his statewide order to Washingtonians to stay home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order is called “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” and it requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. It bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes. And it closes all businesses except essential businesses.

Listing of Essential Businesses Defined in Governor’s Order: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business

What’s Open and What’s Closed: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed?fbclid=IwAR2rRRQp8ZOaUKaJB3rpAv_Yrj30s5ioPV1dmM1W9Z1T0Kx56v-DJG0gGIY

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.


Resources for Community Members


Resources for Businesses and Workers Affected by COVID-19

Local Business Resources

The Lynnwood Chamber

The Lynnwood Chamber works to build and support a strong economy. They are a diverse organization and continually look to partner with our local businesses and community leaders.

The Lynnwood Chamber has launched an online campaign called Lynnwood Cares and they are working with local small businesses to help support each other and our community. Find out more by visiting https://www.facebook.com/LynnwoodCares

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.

They have launched a COVID-19 Local Business Resource site located at https://localsnoco.com/

City of Lynnwood's Economic Development Department

Our Economic Development Department serves as a catalyst for economic development that provides healthy businesses, quality employment opportunities and sustainable City revenues, and to foster economic vitality through programs and projects necessary to implement economic development policies.

We are always happy to help connect our local Lynnwood businesses to the right resources to support their needs.

Visit us online at www.LynnwoodWA.gov/EconDev, call 425-670-5249 or email econdev@LynnwoodWA.gov. 

State and Federal Resources for Businesses and Workers

Find information on who is an essential businesses, information from the Employment Security Department related to unemployment benefits for your employees, or yourself, information on small business loans and other relief opportunities.

A number of new programs were authorized to help small businesses in the Federal CARES Act, signed into law last Friday. Below are some great resources and information on the programs specifically for businesses:

Health Department Guidelines for Essential Service Operations

During the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, only essential businesses may continue to operate. If you are an essential businesses, there are important steps that you must take in order to be in compliance and keep your employees and customers safe. 

  • All essential businesses providing goods and services within the City of Lynnwood shall follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention when conducting essential activities and services.
  • Restrict employees AND customers/clients showing symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace in a manner consistent with CDC guidelines.
  • Ensure employees AND customers/clients maintain at least 6’ from other people.
  • Ensure employees AND customer/clients wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and do not shake hands.
  • Take all steps necessary for employees AND customers/clients to conduct business from home to the extent possible.
  • Perform frequent cleaning of the work space, especially high touch areas.
  • All public and private play equipment in common areas shall be closed with notice of closure posted.

Resources for Essential Businesses:

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.


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