City of Yakima response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation with more than 10,000 confirmed cases in Yakima County. The City of Yakima has declared an emergency due to concerns about its possible spread. The emergency declaration has been extended through September 1st.
The Yakima City Council ratified a proclamation issued by Mayor Patricia Byers calling residents to wear masks to help protect one another from COVID-19.
The Yakima Health District issued a directive to wear masks when in public and Gov. Jay Inslee is requiring that masks be worn in public.
The City is offering more than 90,000 free, disposable masks assisted by grocery stores.
The Yakima City Council set aside $480,000 in reimbursement grants for qualifying small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Yakima County is in modified Phase 1 of the state’s 4-phase Safe Start recovery plan. Following precautions is an important step towards reducing the County’s high rate of cases and opening up more businesses and activities.
City of Yakima response and precautions
- City facilities are closed until further notice. We continue to provide services.
- We encourage you to use our online services. They include the City’s Online Permit Center and utility services webpages.
- The Utility Services Division is offering to meet with residents by appointment to register their utility accounts online.
- City board, commission, and committee meetings are being held via Zoom. City Council meetings are being held via the telephone.
- Parks and Recreation:
- The Dog Park at Randall Park is closed to reduce social gatherings and the spread of COVID-19.
- Lions Pool is open for lap swims and water walking. COVID-19 protocols are in place.
- The City of Yakima’s Fisher Park Golf Course opened May 5th with restrictions due to COVID-19.
- Yakima Parks and Recreation is offering virtual recreation programs.
- Yakima Parks if able to offer free drive-in movies under Yakima County’s modified Phase 1 status.
- Public Safety:
- The Yakima Police Department encourages you to utilize the online and telephone reporting systems as much as possible. YPD has created online tutorial videos in English and Spanish.
- When responding to EMS aid calls, Yakima Fire Department firefighters are wearing personal protective equipment, including N95 masks and gowns. Click https://yakimafire.com/covid-19/ for more about YFD’s response to the pandemic.
- Yakima Transit buses operate as normally scheduled. Bus passes and tickets can be purchased at the Transit Center, calling 575-6175 (passes will be mailed if ordered via telephone) or at Wray’s Grocery Stores in Yakima. To protect passengers and drivers, Yakima Transit continues daily disinfection procedures in all its vehicles and facilities.
- The Yakima Airport is offering more than 12,000 masks to passengers, staff and visitors. Masks are required at the airport in accordance with Gov. Inslee’s face covering order.
Precautions you can take
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions to avoid COVID-19:
- Social distancing
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Wear a facemask.
- If you are over the age of 60 or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people.
City of Yakima COVID-19 communications
Click https://www.yakimawa.gov/media/news/category/covid-19/ for all City of Yakima news releases related to COVID-19, as well as Yakima Health District news releases the City has shared.
Following are videos the City’s Community Relation’s Office produced in response to COVID-19
- Recording weekly updates for the Yakima Health District.
- A new “Y-PAC Check-ins” video series with City of Yakima updates.
- Recording a “mask up” public service announcement with Congressman Dan Newhouse.
- An update during the June 16th City Council meeting.
- “Yakima Minute” episodes on social distancing at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market and registering online for tee times at Fisher Park Golf.
- Click https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofYakimaWA to see more videos produced by the Community Relations Office.
The CDC has extensive information about the coronavirus outbreak.
Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program or P-EBT.
The Yakima Health District also issued a directive strongly recommending that Yakima County residents wear masks when they are in public.
A guide for Yakima County businesses seeking to re-open is available at https://yvopenandsafe.com/
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has a page dedicated to the virus.
A DOH coronavirus hotline is available by calling 1-800-525-0127 and pressing #
The World Health Organization COVID-19 page is here.
The Yakima County Development Association offers an online Resource Guide for businesses dealing with COVID-19.
Following are food banks in the Yakima area offering support to families:
- People for People Meals on Wheels distribute 7 days worth of meals for seniors every Monday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Call 426-2601 to sign up and for details. Meals are distributed drive-thru style.
- The Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington Food Bank, 1419 Hathaway Street, offers a drive-thru food bank from 9 to 11:30 am each Tuesday and Thursday.
- Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Food Bank, 507 N. 35th Ave. 9:30-11:30 am every Tuesday.
- Sunrise Outreach Center Yakima Food Bank, 221 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 10 am to noon every Thursday.
- Salvation Army of Yakima Food Bank, 9 S. 6th St. 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday with seniors-only hour 1-2 pm.
- Henry Beauchamp Community Center food bank, 1211 S. 7th St.: 12:30 pm until food runs out every Monday.
- Yakima County Veterans Services food pantry, 128 N. 2nd St., Room 103: 8 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday, veterans only.
- Yakima Rotary Food Bank, 703 Central Ave. 8:30 am to noon every Friday.