This City of Moscow’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) response is designed to follow and support State and Federal guidelines. The City of Moscow has taken several actions in the past weeks in support of those guidelines in an effort to mitigate and prevent the impacts of COVID-19 in our area. Actions taken in regards to COVID-19 include the following:
- City Staff presented to Administrative and Public Works Finance Committees the process for updating the City’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan.
- Weekly regional meetings in Latah County kick off.
- Weekly regional meetings Whitman County attended by Moscow representatives.
- President of the United States issues Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak.
- Mayor Lambert issues Proclamation of Local Disaster Emergency in the City of Moscow due to COVID-19, effective for 7 days.
- City Staff presented updated Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan to City Council.
- Council passed Resolution 2020-05 authorizing extension of March 13 declaration, extending the Mayor’s March 13, Proclamation of Local Disaster Emergency . Extends March 13 Proclamation of local disaster to May 5.
- City provides curb-side signage and approval for interested businesses.
- 116th Congress passes Family First Coronavirus Response Act.
- Council approves addition of City Code – Emergency Powers Ordinance (Ordinance 2020-03 was approved unanimously establishing enactment of Title 1 Chapter 11- Moscow City Code Entitled Emergency Powers).
- Mayor issues Public Health Emergency Order 20-01: Restricts gatherings of groups of more than ten persons within the boundaries of the City of Moscow. This prohibits dine-in service for bars and restaurants, but the Order does provide for curbside pick-up, take-out and drive-through of food and/or drink service. These limitations and restrictions do not apply to businesses that serve fewer than ten individuals at a time, nor do they apply to grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies, nor to emergency overnight or day shelters that provide food service to persons experiencing homelessness. Effective for 7 days.
- Council approves Resolution 2020-06:, extending Emergency Order 20-01 to May 5.
- Mayor Lambert issues Public Health Emergency Order 20-02: Order No. 20-02 orders "there shall be no gatherings in groups of more than ten (10) persons within a facility within the boundaries of the City of Moscow." This mass gathering order applies to the general public which includes educational institutions and any assembly, including churches and religious organizations. Order No. 20-02, also includes business closures for gyms, tattoo parlors, barber shops and salons. Orders 20-01 and 20-02 do not apply to childcare/daycare services and facilities.
- Governor Brad Little Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order.
- Council approves Resolution 2020-07: Extends Emergency Order 20-02 to May 5.
City Facilities & Services Affected by COVID-19
Council & Commission Meetings
- City Commission meetings are canceled through May 5, except for those Commissions that have legal or quasi-judicial business, including the Planning and Zoning (for application processes), Board of Adjustment, and Tree Commission on an as-needed basis only.
- All Parks & Recreation programs are suspended as of March 17, 2020
- The City will not terminate water, sewer, or sanitation services for non-payment of bills through the end of April. Further consideration will be given and assessed as the situation unfolds.
- Latah Sanitation:
- Administrative Offices - All Latah Sanitation Inc. Administrative Offices will remain open but are closed to the public. For assistance please call 208.882.5724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Latah County Transfer Station– Will remain open for essential commercial self-hauls only. No residential self-haul use or bulk material sales.
- Moscow Recycling Center– Closed. This includes 24/7 recycling drop-off and yard waste drop-off located behind the Moscow Recycling Center on Almon St.
- Rural Recycling Collection Stations– Closed.
- Rural Brush Collection Stations– Closed.
- Collection Events
- Curbside Solid Waste Collection– Garbage collection is an essential service and Latah Sanitation Inc. is currently operating the same routes and schedules as usual.
- Curbside Recycling Collection– Latah Sanitation Inc. is currently operating the same routes and schedules as usual.
- Bulky Waste– Collection events in rural Latah County will remain open, with exception of the Transfer Station collection site
- The Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center gym and multipurpose room
- Eggan Youth Center
- Third Street Gallery
- City-managed playfields are not available for organized activities, but fields will be prepped for summer use and maintained to be ready when needed.
- Play structures, basketball courts, the Skate Park at Eggan Youth Center, and restrooms in the City’s parks and downtown
- All City offices, except police and fire
- In keeping with the CDC’s recommendation limiting public gatherings to 50 people or less, any City permit authorizing groups of greater than 50 people before the first week of May has been revoked or will not be approved.
- Gatherings taking place later in May will be evaluated in the coming weeks. Notice of the potential cancellation will be sent directly sent to permit holders. Cancellations are subject to become more restrictive, depending upon the progression of the pandemic.
- Community events canceled include Hemp Fest held annually in April, and Renaissance Fair, scheduled for May 2-3.
- The first day of Moscow Farmers Market (May 2) is canceled. Further scheduling will continue to be assessed and evaluated; all preparation meetings will be managed electronically or online, with a weekly evaluation of the situation and potential alternatives to be considered.
- Artwalk planning will be managed online and electronically, with plans to host the event pending further information or COVID-19 concerns.