May 18 COVID-19 Special Edition: Council Meeting Participation, Six Reasons to Take the Census, Face Coverings Required on Metro Transit, Upcoming Virtual Events and More!

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May 18, 2020

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How to Participate at the May 19 Council Meeting

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19). The meeting uses video conferencing technology provided by Zoom in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The regular business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session.

The agenda for the May 19 meeting is available on the City website at: Kirkland City Council agendas. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the live stream on the City website at: and is televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Frontier Cable Channel 31.

Community members may join the Zoom meeting via telephone by calling US: 877 853 5257 (Toll free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll free) using webinar ID 979 8494 0468, or via computer here with password 660261. 

The Council will discuss and vote on a resolution implementing strategies for reopening parks facilities and summer programming that respond to community concerns, human service needs, and public health and safety requirements to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For more information about this resolution, please visit the City newsroom

As always, the Kirkland City Council welcomes public involvement at its meetings and would like to encourage community members to take advantage of its available options for remote participation. Comments can be provided through voicemail at: 425-587-3090, and email at: Comments received by 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, will be read into the record during the Council Meeting, with the following caveats:

  • When and if a particular agenda item receives a large number of comments, the City will read into the record three (3) comments representing each side of the presented issue. The comments will be selected based on the date and time received, giving priority to the earliest received comments.
  • City leadership will read submitted emails verbatim up to a three (3) minute limit, exactly as if the commenter was providing their testimony in person. (Comments from the public received during “Items from the Audience” in a typical meeting are limited to three minutes in length.)
  • The deadline for comment submittal for inclusion in the meeting (provided the comment is not related to a heavily commented agenda item as outlined above) is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. NOTE: comments received after the deadline will be provided to the Councilmembers for their review at the City’s earliest convenience.

For more information about the Kirkland City Council, please visit the Council webpage

Join Us in Making Sure Kirkland Counts: Six Reasons to Take the 2020 Census

We need your help making sure that Kirkland Counts. The Kirkland City Council wants to share with you six important reasons why we need you to take 10-minutes today to fill out your Census online.

Census video with Mayor Sweet

New Public Health Directive Requires Masks or Face Coverings on Metro Transit

As of today, Monday, May 18, King County Metro Transit is asking that all riders wear a face covering to protect everyone on Metro from COVID-19. Thank you for taking this step to keep others safe! For more information on this public health directive, visit the website

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Inslee Statement on Voluntary Contact Information as Part of Phased Reopening

State of Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today on voluntary contact information for patrons as part of phased reopening. 

"We are asking visitors to voluntarily provide contact information in case of COVID-19 exposure. We only need information for one person per household. If we learn you may have been exposed to COVID-19 during your visit, the information will only be shared with public health officials. They will contact you to explain the risk, answer questions and provide resources. This information will not be used for any other purpose, including sales or marketing. If this list is not used within 30 days, it will be destroyed," Inslee said. "This will not be required of anyone."

Voluntary Customer Log Memo:

Voluntary Customer Log Template:

Background: Inslee issues guidance for partially resuming dine-in restaurants and tavern industry in Phase 2

Upcoming Virtual Events

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Green Kirkland Partnership Online Plant Walk

7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 28

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership for an online plant walk and natural area tour on Thursday, May 28, from 7 to 8 p.m.

You’ll see fun plants, cool habitat features and learn about steps that volunteers are taking to restore a natural area at one of your local Kirkland parks. Visit the Green Kirkland webpage for more details and to register.

7 Hills of Kirkland

7 Hills of Kirkland: Shifting Gears

May 1 through May 30, 2020

Virtual Event

7 Hills of Kirkland is now virtual! 

Visit the Attain Housing website today to learn more about digital participation in 7 Hills of Kirkland, and to experience firsthand what can be done to transform a negative situation into an opportunity! Rather than just a one-day event, 7 Hills of Kirkland takes place throughout the entire month of May, featuring cycling challenges, weekly mileage and elevation goals and community support.

Riders who join the challenge will enjoy GPS routes, rider leaderboards (to spark your competitive edge), games, contests and amazing prizes from all your favorite Kirkland businesses, To register, visit the website!

Kirkland Urban

KU Kids at Home by Kirkland Urban

10 a.m., Saturday, June 13

Virtual Event

KU Kids is now virtual! This free, family-friendly series takes place on the second Saturday of the month from now through August! Join in the fun at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, as Julie from Clown Buggie Entertainment takes over Kirkland Urban’s Facebook page to host a craft-a-long creating melted crayon art on canvas and answering questions along the way. To participate, guests can pick up a free craft kit on Thursday, June 11, from Shake Shack, Mud Bay or Restore at Kirkland Urban. Follow Kirkland Urban on social media (@kirklandurban on Instagram and Kirkland Urban on Facebook) for more details as they are announced, or visit the Kirkland Urban website!

Cancelled Events

Because continued physical distancing is critical to halting the spread of COVID-19, the following events are cancelled:

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
Thursday, May 21 through Monday, May 25
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Avenue
For more information on SIFF, including Virtual SIFF Cinema, please visit:

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce
All Chamber events are cancelled until further notice
For more information, visit:

Kirkland Performance Center
All Kirkland Performance Center shows have been postponed until further notice
For more information, visit: