Vancouver Has New COVID-19 Emergency Orders


Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes today issued two new emergency orders related to the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The orders are effective immediately. They will be reviewed by Vancouver City Council at their regular meeting Monday, April 20.

Emergency Order 2020-10 temporarily suspends the state requirement that all check and cash payments to the city be processed and deposited by city staff within 24 hours of receipt. It is effective through May 31, 2020.

Emergency Order 2020-11:

• Extends the cancelation of city-permitted events with planned attendance of 250 or more through July 31, 2020

• Extends the closure of Vancouver Fire Department stations and meeting rooms to public access through May 31, 2020

• Extends the cancelation of all non-essential public meetings through May 31, 2020

• Extends the safety protocols and change in meeting schedule for Vancouver City Council meetings through May 31, 2020 (council will meet on the first and third Mondays only)

• Extends the closure of all Vancouver Parks and Recreation community centers and the cancelation of all recreation programming through May 31, 2020

• Extends the closure of Vancouver City Hall and Vancouver Police Department precinct lobbies to public access through May 4 (access to non-emergency law enforcement services will still be available by appointment)

• Extends the emergency purchasing authority of the city manager, emergency budget authority and access to the city’s Emergency Reserve Fund through July 31, 2020

• Extends the city’s internal infection disease control protocols to reduce face-to-face contact, reduce travel and increase social distancing through May 31

• Extends the city’s temporary telecommuting policy for its staff through May 4 and authorizes director-approved telecommuting through May 31

• Extends the suspension of on-street parking enforcement through May 31

• Requires public farmers market operating on public land do so with a City-approved operation plan and City-issues Fire and Life Safety Permit through July 31

• Extends financial assistance for city water and sewer utility customers through May 31

• Extends protections for property owners against foreclosure through May 31

• Extends protections for small businesses against eviction due to non-payment through May 31

• Extends safety and sanitation requirements for landlords entering a rental property through May 31

• Suspends park picnic shelter rentals, and closes all city-run community gardens, playgrounds and water features through July 31

• Closes the Water Resources Education Center through May 31

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