PRESS RELEASE: Temporary Changes to the Open Public Meetings and Public Records Acts

Press Release

Temporary Changes to the Open Public Meetings and Public Records Acts

March 26, 2020

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager

Redmond, WA – On March 24, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28 that temporarily suspends portions of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (RCW 42.30) and the Public Records Act (PRA) (RCW 42.56) that requires in-person contact. 

City councils (and other city boards and commissions) are temporarily prohibited from holding in-person meetings with the public present. This proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA’s requirements for agencies to respond to PRA requests for public records within five business days from receipt, and to maintain business hours for public inspection and copying of records. It is effective from March 24, 2020, until midnight, April 23, 2020, unless extended beyond that date. Please read the proclamation for details and to see the list of citations to the specific OPMA and PRA statutes or portions of statutes that are temporarily suspended. View the full proclamation here.

For meetings through April 23, 2020, the Redmond Council Chambers will be closed, and the Mayor, Council members and staff will be participating in meetings remotely. The public can watch meetings live on RCTV at, Facebook Live (@CityofRedmond), Comcast Channel 21 and Frontier Channel 34. Archives of past meetings can be viewed OnDemand at Replays of current meetings will be scheduled on Comcast Channel 21 and Frontier Channel 34 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Sundays, and 12 p.m. Mondays. City Council meeting dates, agendas and materials can be found at

For questions and more information, contact Lisa Maher, Communications Manager, at, or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on