City of Auburn Declares State of Emergency


For Immediate Release
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City of Auburn Declares State of Emergency

AUBURN, March 5, 2020 — Mayor Nancy Backus has declared a proclamation of local emergency for Auburn, Washington, due to the growing public health impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Auburn community, the Auburn Community & Event Center, Auburn Senior Activity Center, REC Center, Auburn Avenue Theater and White River Valley Museum will be closed to the public effective March 6, 2020. Customers with private rentals at any of these facilities should contact Parks, Arts & Recreation customer service at 253-931-3043.

Following recommendations by Public Health – Seattle & King County for social distancing, City-sponsored events and gathering, including the State of the City scheduled for March 12, will be postponed until further notice. Residents are encouraged to check the City's website regularly for updates to other scheduled events. 

To read the proclamation, visit

We encourage community members to follow public health guidelines to protect against COVID-19 including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

The City will continue to keep residents informed with updates to the City website,, as well as Facebook (@auburnwa) and Twitter (@auburn_wa) as information becomes available.

For additional information

Public Information Officer: Kalyn Brady

(c) 253-263-6469