Home  /  Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information


The City of Federal Way is collaborating with King County Department of Public Health, in addition to our community partners such as Federal Way Public Schools and South King Fire and Rescue as this situation evolves. At this time, day centers and shelters for those experiencing homelessness are continuing to offer their services. King County Department of Community and Human Services along with Public Health -- Seattle and King County are working with service providers to assess and improve cleaning practices for isolation. The City will continue to participate in coordination calls and assist as needed and appropriate.

Mayor Jim Ferrell issued a Proclamation of Emergency on March 9, 2020. On March 22, Mayor Ferrell signed a letter along with other South King County mayors asking residents to stay home and avoid contact with others in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Ferrell also issued a Proclamation of Emergency (which was ratified by the City Council at the April 7 meeting) protecting renters from late fees and other charges due to late payment of rent during the state's moratorium on residential evictions.

Mayor Ferrell also hosted a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall event on March 20 focused on the COVID-19 response with community partners South King Fire and Rescue and Lakehaven Sewer and Water. You can watch a replay of that live event on the City's YouTube page.

Local business owners with questions about Small Business Association products or the governor's Stay at Home order and how it relates to them can call the City's Economic Development Department at 253-835-2412.  

City closures

The Community Center, Dumas Bay Centre and the Performing Arts and Event Center are closed through May 4. The closures took effect Thursday, March 12.

Shows and gatherings at the PAEC through the end of April are canceled or are in the midst of being rescheduled. The box office is currently closed to all in-person transactions and will remain closed until further notice.

For more details on the closure at the PAEC, click here.

In the short term, we plan to have Community Center employees work at the facility and conduct a deep cleaning and other needed general maintenance. Refunds will be granted for all programs, rentals, classes, and memberships. The staff is currently working on how these refunds will be processed in a timely manner.

Parks Department

Parks across the city are open. However, playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic fields and sport courts at all parks are closed. 

Canceled meetings  

Commission meetings (Arts, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Youth, and Senior Advisory) at City Hall through the month of April have been canceled.

Limited service at Federal Way Municipal Court

Federal Way Municipal Court is rescheduling hearings to take place after May 1 unless the case involves a threat to public safety or if there is prejudice to the parties.

Court operations will continue as normal for cases involving domestic violence, driving under the influence, physical control, and for all in custody cases. Other provisions to the order include:

  • Probation will meet with people via telephone or email, but defendants on drug and alcohol monitoring will continue to report to the court in person as required by probation. 
  • The court will be rescheduling due dates for payments, which have been extended 90 days. 

The court is working on eliminating jury trials, but there are due process considerations. Jurors should check the call-in line at 253-835-3001 for updates.

To read the court’s emergency order, click here.

Limited walk-in service at City Hall

There is limited service for walk-in customers at City Hall.

City officials are asking customers seeking walk-in service at City Hall to utilize other means of conducting business. Signage is clearly posted on the main doors to City Hall with the appropriate phone numbers and email addresses for all of the City’s departments.

Staff is available during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to serve customers electronically, by email, electronic submittal or phone.

Permit Center closed for walk-in service

The Community Development Department closed its doors March 18 for in-person business but is continuing to serve customers electronically. Additional staff is available to handle phone calls, emails and electronic submittals. City staff are still providing inspections and code enforcment services. Although the doors are closed, the Permit Center is open for business. 

Resources for small businesses

The Small Business Administration has issued some guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to the coronavirus. Click here for access to information on SBA products and resources. The SBA also recently announced low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington state small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. The Greater Federal Way Chamber also has created a list of resources and information for small businesses dealing with the effects of the coronavirus.

Other resources include guidance from the Governor's Office as well as the Association of Washington Business.

Quick links

Below are some quick links to information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Additional updates or changes to the status of community or City events will be posted here as well.