COVID-19 - City’s Operational Plan

On March 17, 2020, West Richland City Council voted unanimously to approve a proclamation declaring an emergency due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Through that action, the city initiated West Richland's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)-shifting the city's focus to performing mission-essential functions.

Governor Inslee issued the Stay Home Stay Healthy proclamation for the state on March 23. It's effective immediately, and in our resource list below, we've shared the link to the proclamation and the list of essential critical infrastructure workers.

We've provided details by department for your use, resources to assist our community members during this time, and frequently asked questions. As you are all experiencing, information is changing almost daily, and we will continue to update this page with answers to your questions and additional resources as they become available.

Currently, all City of West Richland offices are closed to the public. This includes:

  • Police Department Lobby
    • Update - opened June 1st
  • Municipal Services Facility
  • Senior Center
  • All boards and commissions meetings have been canceled until further notice. The April 7th City Council meeting is canceled. 
    • Update - All council, boards, and commission meetings of the City are to be held via Zoom. For information on how to attend, visit the board's agenda page.

While buildings are closed to the public, please remember that city staff continue to provide essential services.

Update - Thursday, March 26

Last night, the Governor clarified the Stay Home Stay Healthy proclamation. As a result, Mayor Gerry signed Action Item Number 9 of West Richland's Continuity of Operations Plan. It states:

All employees, except those that are crucial to basic city emergency services or emergency operations management, will be sent home and not allowed to return to work until directed by the Mayor or his designee. Their time will be charged to paid Administrative Leave.

Our team edited the information by department below to help you understand how that impacts a service you may need. Specifically, you must email our staff with questions because we will not have staff in the city facilities to answer phone calls.