Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Mayor's Statement

Read the message from Mayor Cheryl Selby regarding the COVID-19 crisis in our community.

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What's happening?

The Olympia City Council voted unanimously to pass a Declaration of Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 epidemic in our community. The ordinance gives the City more flexibility to address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the City of Olympia. See how the emergency is impacting City services below:

Public Health Information

For the latest information, recommendations, and answers to specific questions about COVID-19, please visit the Thurston County Public Health website.

City Buildings and Facilities

All City of Olympia buildings and non-essential services will be closed until April 10, 2020. The City will reevaluate its status then. Essential City services (such as garbage, utilities, fire, and police) will continue to be provided.

Online Services

The public is reminded that most common City tasks can be done online. Find them all on our Online Services page.

  • Apply for jobs
  • Building permits & inspections
  • Pay parking tickets and court fines
  • Register for recreation classes & activities
  • Pay utility bills
  • Submit service requests
  • Public records requests
  • and more!

City Council

City Council will continue to hold its regular meeting schedule during the coronavirus emergency, but the Council Chamber will be closed to the public. Meeting will be broadcast on monitors in the City Hall lobby, and streamed live on the City's online meeting management system.

Residents will be able to comment on the Council agenda online at Engage Olympia after 3 p.m. the Thursday before the meeting until noon on the Tuesday that Council meets.

City Utilities

City of Olympia utility customers affected by the COVID-19 emergency can fill out a simple self-certification form to have their utility payments deferred for 60 days without interest or penalties. Complete the form...

Utilities will not be shut off for non-payment for anyone who cannot make payments due to the impacts of the coronavirus. The declaration will be in effect until June 18, 2020.

Business Assistance & Economic Recovery

Olympia businesses can defer their first quarter, 2020 Business & Occupation (B&O) tax filings and payments until July 31. Filings and taxes are normally due at the end of April.

PBIA ratepayers affected by the COVID-19 emergency can fill out a simple self-certification form to have their PBIA assessments deferred until July 31. Complete the form...

In addition, the City is joining our regional partners to address the economic impacts of COVID-19. Small businesses hit by the loss of revenue because of the coronavirus outbreak can find a list of resources on the Thurston Economic Development Center website.

The City has also entered into contracts with several local non-profits to bolster the community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • $50,000 to the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund established by the United Way and the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. The fund will help build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations to respond to the crisis. It will also help individuals and families who have been affected, such as hourly wage earners and those without access to sick leave and health benefits.
  • $500,000 set aside for regional economic recovery work. Some of these funds have already gone to partners like the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce  to assist in directing businesses and their employees to support resources and assistance programs via the new website thurstonstrong.org.

Olympia Police Department

OPD remains fully staffed and operational during the emergency. Walking Patrol and Crisis Response Units are fully operational. Police will be making a special effort to keep an eye on buildings left closed due the Governor’s coronavirus order.

Parks & Recreation

All City parks, including playgrounds, trails, community gardens, Yauger Park Skate Court and Heritage Park Fountain are now closed. The City is looking at portable restrooms options at some locations.

All City sponsored recreation classes, activities and programs are canceled until further notice.

Garbage, Recycling & Organics

Garbage and recycling collection for residential and commercial customers continues as scheduled. Residential customers should continue to place their carts out for pick up by 6 a.m. Commercial customers that may need to switch to on-call service or reduced service should call 360.753.8106.

The Saturday Yard Waste Drop-off Site, located at 1000 10th Ave SE, is closed. Glass and cardboard drop-off are still be available 24/7.

Building permits and inspections

Due to Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order that states, “construction is not considered an essential activity”, all residential and commercial construction must be shut down during the two weeks in which the order is in place. The only exception to this order is for:

  • Residential construction related to emergency repairs, including structural stabilization.
  • Projects that ensure structural integrity.
  • Businesses to secure their jobsites and equipment following the order taking effect.

Inspections for construction activities allowed by these exceptions may occur per specific inspection methods. View details...

The City will be extending the usual 180-day expiration on building permits until July 1, 2021 to help continue the construction of housing and other buildings in the City. This is in recognition of delays and interruptions to labor and materials delivery that may be occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homeless Services

The City is working closely with Thurston County to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak's impacts on unhoused individuals. They have developed a plan to guide this effort. Learn more on our Homelessness web page.

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