With rising COVID-19 cases, City of Edmonds buildings closing to public Friday

Edmonds City Hall

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Snohomish County, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced Thursday that city buildings — including Edmonds City Hall — will be closed to the public effective Friday, Sept. 3.

“I understand these closures may be an inconvenience, but we must prioritize the public’s safety during these times,”Nelson said.

Staff will continue to support residents by email, phone, and online. Visit specific department webpages on the City of Edmonds website for further information.

The Edmonds Police Department business office will be closed to the public, but residents can still come to the department and use the emergency phones by either entrance to reach dispatch and have an officer contact them. During business hours, the lobby to the Public Safety Complex may be open. A phone will be in the lobby that will allow the public to reach the police records clerks. They will do their best to assist the public or get them in touch with an officer. The police department has paused the processing of new Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) and there will be no fingerprint appointments. CPL renewals can still be handled by email or mail. Anyone with questions should call the EPD business office at 425-771-0200.

The Frances Anderson Center is closed and all city recreation programming in the building and indoor facility rentals are canceled for the months of September and October. Outdoor programs and facility rentals are still allowed. The Frances Anderson Center office is fully operational and available for phone calls and emails at 425-771-0230 or edmondsparks@edmondswa.gov, Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Utility payments can be made online or can be dropped off in the drop box in front of Edmonds City Hall at 121 5th Ave. N.

Edmonds City Council meetings, as well as board and commission meetings ,have been moved back to Zoom. A list of upcoming meetings with links to attend can be found online here.

9 Replies to “With rising COVID-19 cases, City of Edmonds buildings closing to public Friday”

  1. Once again our fearless Mayor leads his city workers into the bunkers where the tax paying public cannot see them or receive full services and recreation activities. Why? What science is he following? I have not seen any directive from Dr. Spitters, the County Public Health Director nor any directive from the CDC suggesting closing public buildings is a necessary action for Covid protection of the public. If it was, the Mayor should order the closing of all restaurants in Edmonds. Governor Inslee has issued no such order. Why only Edmonds?
    Requiring masks for entry seems to be sufficient for every other public building including grocery stores and all other businesses but, not for the government of Edmonds. Once again Mayor Nelson leads from behind and from the bunker.


    1. Here is the mayor trying his best to protect citizens, and all he earns is nastiness and sarcasm. I feel very content with what the mayor is trying to accomplish I have family in Edmonds that have lived there for 20 years and love the city. And I like it that the mayor is proactive in keeping the Citizens safe. I, for a one, can deal with a little additional inconvenience in order not to catch Covid. Thank you.


  2. Not a problem. Mayor needs to move his desk to the front of the building, that means outside! Never good when a public official goes even further into hiding.


  3. This decision made by the mayor is ludicrous. It’s not based on science or even common sense. Using his rationale shouldn’t all restaurants and stores be closed? We should really question his judgment.


    1. I think the Mayor has made a smart decision here, with the way Snohomish County infection numbers are likely to exceed the record. All this “hiding in a bunker” crap is just that, crap. We have a pandemic raging right now, and it highly confuses me that EVERYTHING is wide open. Especially schools opening in-person this week with a high percentage of students either unvaccinated or not yet able to vaccinate. We’re asking for big trouble here, and I think we’re going to get it in the coming weeks.


  4. Happy to see the City doing everything they can to protect their employees and reduce transmission to the community. This pandemic is worse then when everything initially closed in 2020, those that disagree are clearly not on the frontlines in our hospitals treating COVID patients. Thank you Mayor Nelson for doing your best to protect the communities health.


  5. How is the City “doing all they can to protect their employees”? The vast majority of the City employees are still at work and for that matter never have had days off. Police? Street Dept? Storm Dept? Water Dept? Sewer Dept? Parks Maint? Waste Water Treatment? Building Maint.? Fleet maint? Custodians? YES they have been on the job at City buildings EVERY DAY since the beginning of COVID. Again how is the City protecting their employees from Covid. The City Is only concerned with protecting those that work at City Hall and the Anderson Center. The protection you speak of is just for a very Small and select few.


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