Sign in front of Kenmore City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Sign in front of Kenmore City Hall. Blake Peterson/staff photo

City of Kenmore staff mandated to work from home until April 6

The decision is a response to public health recommendations and new shelter-in-place mandates.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:37am
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Due to evolving Public Health – Seattle & King County recommendations and the new “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order from Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, all city of Kenmore staff are being mandated to work from home, unless they are needed to provide essential services, through April 6.

Effective immediately the city will operate under the following changes to accommodate these orders:

According to a press release, City Hall will be closed to the public and most city employees through April 6. Receptionists will no longer be available to answer phone calls and in-person visits. Community members are encouraged to contact the city through the website for updates and general information at

For emergencies, call 911.

Service requests should be placed online at

Public works/drainage requests should be called in at 253-274-6339.

Public records requests should be filed electronically online at

Building permit requests should be made online at

All park play structures and sports courts and restrooms are currently closed. Trails and open spaces remain open to the public. However, social distancing and excellent hygiene is required when using park facilities. Handwashing stations have been set up at Log Boom Park, Rhododendron Park, Moorlands Park, Northshore Summit Park, Linwood Park, City Hall and the Hangar to provide additional public sanitation facilities.

The city council meeting on April 13 will be held fully online.

Some examples of essential services that will continue to operate normally are: police services, fire and EMS services (provided by the Northshore Fire District), roadway safety, including traffic signal maintenance, limited parks maintenance to empty garbage cans and perform safety checks, city construction projects, including the West Sammamish River Bridge Replacement.

The release states that the city remains focused on keeping essential operations up and running while making employee and public safety the top priority. Many services are available online, including building permits. City employees who can work remotely will continue to serve the community, will be available by phone and email, and are on standby to be called.

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