COVID-19

Face coverings are currently required for persons attending City Council meetings in person per the Washington Governor’s proclamation 20-25.16.

Face Coverings Required In City Facilities Starting August 23, 2021

To comply with the Statewide Face Coverings order, beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, all City of Ellensburg employees and customers in City facilities will be required to wear a face covering when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Governor Inslee announced this change on August 18, and the Washington State Department of Health issued requirements via Order 20-03.4.

This new order is in response to the emergence of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant that is at least twice as transmissible as the virus that emerged in late 2019, coupled with the continued significant numbers of unvaccinated people, which caused COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to rise sharply among unvaccinated populations and have resulted in breakthrough infections in some fully vaccinated individuals. Read more: http://spr.ly/6183yUxth

Update July 7, 2021 

On July 6, 2021 the Ellensburg City Council adopted Resolution 2021-20, rescinding the previous resolution declaring the state of emergency for COVID-19. 

Resolution 2021-20:

  • Extends the utility customer protections through July 31, 2021, or until the expiration of Governor Inslee's Proclamation 20-23.15, whichever is the longest. 
  • Extends the permits for temporary streateries through December 31, 2021. 
  • Allows for the City of Ellensburg to hold both in-person and virtual meetings. City Council meetings are currently offered in a hybrid format. By August 2, 2021, all boards and commissions will offer meetings in a hybrid format. Masks are required when attending meetings in-person.

Here's a summary of resources for you and your family during the COVID pandemic - Spanish and English

Update JULY 2, 2021

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

City Council will continue to meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (unless the meeting falls on an observed holiday). Hybrid meetings will start with the Tuesday, July 6, 2021 meeting. Meetings will be held in person at City Hall, 501 N. Anderson St., livestreamed on Zoom, and livestreamed on ECTV and recorded for viewing at a later date. Masks are required when attending meetings in person. 


MANY CITY SERVICES ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE OR VIA THE PHONE. WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO STAY HOME IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL.

Note the following information about City of Ellensburg facilities and services:

CITY HALL

501 N. Anderson St., (509) 962-7204 or send an email

Customer Service Counter (Lobby)

The utility customer service counter is open for all services.

Community Development

Give us a call, visit online or make an appointment with Community Development staff. Staff will be available for limited in-person meetings. Call (509) 962-7231.

Public Works and Utilities 

Our second-floor counters are open or give us a call at (509) 962-7230.

Administration

The city administrator’s office is serving customers at our first-floor counter or give us a call at (509) 962-7221.

ANIMAL SHELTER

1007 S. Industrial Way, (509) 962-7246.

Open Monday 12-5 PM, Tuesday-Friday 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday 12-4:30 PM. Appointments are required for animal intakes. Pet licensing is available online.

ELLENSBURG RACQUET AND RECREATION CENTER (ERRC)

Open with modified hours and services. 6061 Vantage Hwy.(509) 925-8636.

LIBRARY AND HAL HOLMES

209 N. Ruby St., (509) 962-7250

We are open with modified hours, and in-person browsing and check-in/check out only.

POLICE

Lobby, 100 N. Pearl, (509) 962-728

Public safety services continue to be fully operational. The lobby is open. Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting services.

POOL

815 E 6th Ave., (509) 962-7211

The Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool and Fitness Center is open. 

PARKS (open space and outdoor facilities)

Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park is open. Other outdoor park facilities and the off-leash dog parks are OPEN.

STAN BASSETT YOUTH CENTER

406 E. Capitol, (509) 925-8604

Youth programming is operational. The Youth Center has updated its After School program to mirror the school district's change to a hybrid schedule, and is open Monday through Friday from 12:30-6 p.m. Capacity is limited. The Ellensburg Youth Center will be open for an After School program Monday through Friday. Youth in 3rd to 8th grade will receive homework help and also participate in fun-filled arts and crafts activities, STEM activities, active games, and more!

ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER

Adult Activity Center, 506 S. Pine St. (509) 962-7242. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for drop-ins. Find out about virtual programming  at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/823/Adult-Activity-Center

Here is the emergency contact list during the COVID-19 outbreak

SUSPENSION OF UTILITY BILL LATE FEES AND DISCONNECT FOR NON-PAYMENT

The city is available to work out payment plans for utility bills, is temporarily not charging late fees nor disconnecting service for non-payment. Give us a call weekdays between 8 AM and 5 PM at (509) 962-7201 option 3 or email us at customerservice@ci.ellensburg.wa.us .

The city has initiated a Utility Customer Support Program to support low-income and vulnerable households.

CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSION MEETINGS

Should a board or commission convene for business, the public will have the option to participate virtually. How to view or call into the meeting will be made available via the calendar. Meetings will go hybrid with in-person and virtual offerings, starting August 2.


WASHINGTON STATE

The State of Washington has established a clearinghouse to help connect people and information.

On November 15, 2020, Governor Inslee updated the Safe Start Washington plan

On June 23, 2020,  the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington Plan

On May 27, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington Plan

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee unveiled the Safe Start Washington plan

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

On April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Statewide K-12 School Closure order

On April 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee mandated Stay Home, Stay Healthy

On March 22, 2020, Governor Inslee requested a major disaster declaration for Washington State which was approved by the federal government.

On May 21, 2021 Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.13 with changes to masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.

On July 1, 2021 Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.14, Washington Ready

On August 18, Governor Inslee updated the Statewide Face Coverings Order to mandate all people wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the amendment.

This is an unprecedented time for our community and for the world. Let’s support one another, be kind, take time to listen and help.

Much information is available about the COVID-19 pandemic. One resources we refer to is Washington State’s Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers.

Information about CARES Act funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriated by the US Congress and passed through the State of Washington to local jurisdictions is available on the WA Commerce website.