March 11 COVID-19 Special Edition: Updates from the City, County, State and LWSD

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March 11, 2020

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Updates from the City


Following current direction from Seattle King County Public Health, and our ongoing needs to have the capacity to staff our emergency operations center we have concluded that the City will be cancelling all City evening meetings except for City Council meetings until the end of March. This includes Commissions, Boards, and all Neighborhood Association meetings. The City of Kirkland Passport Office will be closed from Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 20th. 

The City of Kirkland has also cancelled most recreation programming and classes and closed community centers to the public through Tuesday, March 31.

The Kirkland Municipal Court is under the jurisdiction of Presiding Judge John Olson, and the City has been working closely with him and Court Administrator Tracy Jeffries. After carefully reviewing what other local, State and Federal Courts have done in response to the COVID-19 virus, Judge Olson has decided that the Municipal Court will be implementing the following modifications to their current court schedule:

  1. No jury trials will be held in March. Any jury trial currently scheduled for March will be continued to April.
  2. Probation appointments will be conducted by phone instead of in-person.
  3. The Leadership and Community Court meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday will be postponed indefinitely.
  4. The Court will continue to grant continuances to anyone feeling uncomfortable coming to the Court because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Kirkland Fire and Police Departments remain fully staffed and responding to calls as normal.  City first responders have CDC recommended personal protection equipment and are following recommended protocols. We are in the process of working to confirm the release of additional firefighters from quarantine and we’ll be able to provide updated numbers on the City website in the morning on Thursday, March 12. Thank you for your patience while we work through our process.

While the City appreciates the outpouring of support and concern from the community for our first responders, the City cannot accept donations at this time.

The City will continue to update its website with information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Updated Guidance from the State and County

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Under the order of the Governor:

Events with more than 250 attendees are prohibited.

In addition, the local health officer provided the direction that public events with fewer than 250 attendees are prohibited, unless event organizers can take steps to minimize risk. Event organizers must ensure that:

  • Older and vulnerable individuals have been encouraged not to attend
  • Recommendations for social distancing and limiting close contact are met
  • Employees or volunteers leading an event are screened for symptoms each day
  • Proper hand washing, sanitation, and cleaning is readily available
  • Environmental cleaning guidelines are followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily or more frequently)

Additional guidance will be forthcoming shortly for how private events with fewer than 250 attendees can comply with this order, as well as for retail and services.

For the purposes of the Order, an “event” is a gathering for business, social, or recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.

More information is available on the Public Health Seattle-King County website.

Updates from Lake Washington School District

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The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by elected officials, LWSD has made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time.

On Thursday and Friday, LWSD will be planning for an alternative model with the following services:

  • Available childcare during school hours for families who are not able to remain home or serve in critical community roles such as healthcare and first responders.
  • Available meals for children provided at school sites – details to follow.
  • Available educational resources with supports for at-home learning.

For more information visit the Lake Washington School District website.

Cancelled Upcoming Events

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the following events are canceled:

Kirkland Shamrock Run Saturday, March 14, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Downtown Kirkland and Marina Park For more information, visit:

KU Kids at Kirkland Urban Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Kirkland Urban  For more information, visit:

Nowruz Celebration Sunday, March 15, 12 to 5 p.m. Marina Park For more information, visit:

Kirkland Parks and Community Services Job Fair Wednesday, March 25, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Kirkland Parks Maintenance Facility For more information, visit:

The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland's 46th Annual Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled to take place on Easter Sunday at Peter Kirk Park has been cancelled. More information at