Updated Aug. 3, 2020

Help with utilities

If you need assistance in paying your energy bill, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) makes energy payment assistance available to residents of Washington through a network of community action agencies and local municipalities.

  • Visit the state Department of Commerce’s LIHEAP page for information on how to apply.
  • Puget Sound Energy has an energy assistance program to help residential income qualified customers.
  • Snohomish County PUD has launched the Community Support Plan to help residential and small business customers struggling to pay their electric and water bills.

Best site for just about everything!

This Snohomish County site is a fantastic clearinghouse for community support like where to get food, data like where and how many COVID cases we have each day, and opportunities to do even just a little bit to make someone else's life a bit better. 

Food for Families

Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program Applications Due Before Aug. 31

Because of COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. P-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries because schools were closed.

The program is open to any family with a child in grades K-12 who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals — including children who go to a school where meals are free for all students.

P-EBT is for all students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The only requirement is a child must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Applications must be submitted by August 31. Call 877-501-2233 or visit to apply.

Edmonds permanent public restrooms are now open.


Requirements and Resources for Small Businesses Webinar
This webinar series offers information specific to small businesses and a panel of state agency representatives to respond to live Q&A on Unemployment Insurance (UI), Return to Work, Payroll Protection Program (PPP) – many things employers need to know. The next webinar will be held on July 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Here's the link 

Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03

Face Coverings - Statewide


IRS Tax Credit for COVID

The IRS is opening up a series of tax cedits for both employers and employees. Information is on the website. Here's a quick  infographic to see if you are eligible. 

Also, if you took advances on your retirement fund to pay for expenses during COVID, you are eligible for tax credits. Here's a news release with more details. 

Phase 2 Reopening

June 5, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee approved Snohomish County to move to Phase 2 reopening effective immediately. Read the Snohomish County Health District's news release here. 

This means:

  • Residents can gather with up to five people from outside their household each week.
  • Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity and retailers can conduct in-store sales, with some restrictions.
  • Barber shops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and pet groomers can reopen, too.
  • Places of worship are allowed to hold in-person services, weddings and funerals in line with physical distancing rules and size constraints.
  • Camping and other outdoor recreation activities, such as biking and climbing, can resume with limited group sizes.
  • Nannies, house cleaners and real-estate firms can also return to work.

Information for Businesses 

If you are a business, we have a dedicated page for you - Edmonds Businesses Reopen 


 Information for Residents

We are very excited to announce that our $100,000 Housing and Supplementary Relief fund is taking applications starting today, June 9, 2020. 

Grants of up to $1000 will go toward households earning no more than 60% of the Snohomish Median Income. Learn if you are eligible at the WellSpring Family Services site.

Many, many thanks to our Council who supported this project early so we could get the ball rolling and start taking applications now.

Thanks to WellSpring for not only setting up this portal but also providing an opportunity to expand charitable giving by allowing the public to make a tax-exempt donation.

We are also excited to work with Kids in Transition which provides housing assistance, food, household supplies and other assistance to homeless families and/or families facing homelessness in the Edmonds School District.

Parks information

The following additional Parks and Rec facilities are open, with restrictions:

  • The Dog Park
  • The Skate Park 
  • Outdoor sports courts, including 
    • Tennis/pickleball courts
    • Basketball courts
    • Petanque 
    • Sand Volleyball

Yost Pool is closed for the summer.

Sunset Avenue between Edmonds and Caspers Streets remains closed to through vehicle traffic and parking for now.

For detailed information about Edmonds Parks, Facilities and Programs, check out the Parks page 

City finances 

What role will the community play in deciding budget priorities?

Right now, we are working on 2020 and are focused on essential services. Our financial team is digging into and forecasting for 2021 and what that looks like. There are some legal obligations we have and some flexibility. We will be making decisions in consultation with residents and our Council. We encourage residents to get in touch with us and with the Council to talk about budget priorities. We will have robust discussions about priorities for 2021.

What are current estimates of the budgetary impacts on City of Edmonds due to the COVID-19 crisis? What programs and projects would you propose cutting? What taxes might you propose increasing? What is the schedule for reaching decisions on rebalancing the City budget?

We are in a strong financial position thanks to smart planning by Former Mayor Dave Earling and our past City Council. Right now we have a 9.2% decrease in revenues. However, the impacts of this virus will be felt for years. Our Financial Director is putting together scenarios right now. We discuss this twice a week.

We will have more discussions about the 2021 budget in the coming months. We do want to hear from residents about their priorities. 

Other questions

Where can I get tested? 

This Sonohomish County Health District page has detailed information about locations, drive-thrus, symptoms, and appointments. It is updated frequently. 

I have a question that isn’t answered here.
Please contact us via the community liaison portal.

  • Updated information from Snohomish Health District can be found on their blog here

Other Snohomish Health District Information:

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Information provided by Snohomish Health District WWW.SNOHD.ORG

More information

For concerns over potential violations of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” order:

If you have concerns about public gatherings, feel free to kindly remind people of the Governor’s ban on gatherings and encourage them to disperse. If a gathering persists, call the Edmonds Police non-emergency number: 425.407.3999.

If you have concerns about construction work that appears to be nonessential, contact Development Services Director Shane Hope at

Local Businesses
If you have concerns that a non-essential local businesses is open and operating, use this State online reporting form. On the left side of this sheet is a link to “essential business” definitions.  

Permitting Information
Questions about permits and the permitting process can be found on this page, which is regularly updated. You may also call Development Service at 425.771.0220.