COVID-19 (coronavirus) Information

Updated on March 11, 2022.

Public Health - Seattle & King County is your primary source of information for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please visit their website for the latest information. 

Following updated guidelines from Washington State and Public Health – Seattle & King County, masks will no longer be required in City Hall and other City facilities beginning March 12, 2022.  Members of the public and City personnel are still welcome to wear masks, and we appreciate you respecting the choices of others. Please continue to practice social distancing when possible.

As of March 1, 2022, the vaccine verification requirement will no longer be in effect in King County. To learn more about this policy change, visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County website.

In concert with King County Public Health’s decision to lift the vaccination verification requirement for indoor recreational establishments on March 1, 2022, the City of Kirkland will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to participate in indoor recreation activities, effective March 1, 2022.  The vaccine requirement may remain in effect for programs with many participants who have higher health risks or if participants must be in close quarters together. An example of this type of program is recreational van trips. Any programs that have a vaccine requirement will be listed on www.kirklandwa.gov/PlayItSafe.

Vaccinations

Currently, all Washingtonians over the age of 12 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Anyone age 16 and older can now get a booster dose:

  • 6 months after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna (note: 16-17 years old can only get Pfizer)
  • 2 months after one dose of J&J

For more information about getting vaccinated in King County, visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx

Status of City Operations

City facilities reopened on August 2, 2021 for public in-person services, with the exception of fire stations that will remain closed to the public until further notice. Many City services are available online or by phone at 425-587-3000. Residents can also use the Our Kirkland portal to access services and ask questions. Staff are monitoring email and voice mail messages during regular businesses hours and will respond to voice mail or email messages as quickly as possible.

Mask and Health Protocols for Visiting City Facilities and Participating in Recreation Programs

Following updated guidelines from Washington State and Public Health – Seattle & King County, masks will no longer be required in City Hall and other City facilities beginning March 12.  Members of the public and City personnel are still welcome to wear masks, and we appreciate you respecting the choices of others. Please continue to practice social distancing when possible.

In concert with King County Public Health’s decision to lift the vaccination verification requirement for indoor recreational establishments on March 1, 2022, the City of Kirkland will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to participate in indoor recreation activities, effective March 1, 2022.  The vaccine requirement may remain in effect for programs with many participants who have higher health risks or if participants must be in close quarters together. An example of this type of program is recreational van trips. Any programs that have a vaccine requirement will be listed on www.kirklandwa.gov/PlayItSafe.

 This information is subject to change based on evolving conditions and public health guidance.

Emergency Response

The City of Kirkland Fire and Police departments continue to respond to emergency calls. In case of a life-threatening emergency, residents should call 911 right away. For non-emergencies call 425-577-5656. First responders are following Public Health guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect the community and themselves.

City Council

City Council meetings are currently streamed live on the City website, the City's Facebook page, and Youtube, or can be watched on TV on Comcast Cable Channel 21 or Ziply Cable Channel 31. The City Council encourages participation from members of the public, who can provide comment in advance of the meeting via email or phone. Additionally, Council will accept live spoken commentary under 'Items from the Audience' at regular meetings via Zoom on a computer or telephone connection.

The City Council will host hybrid (in-person and virtual) council meetings starting in October. Boards and Commissions will continue remote meetings until after the first hybrid city council meeting, at which time, based on the results of the city council meeting, they may begin hybrid meetings.

For more information, visit the City Council webpage.

Passport Services

The City of Kirkland Passport Acceptance Facility opened to the public on September 7, 2021 by appointment only. View the Apply for a Passport page for more information.

 

Department Information

For other department services, visit their department websites or call 425-587-3000.