Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

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:

March 9 

March 10 

  • Weekly regional meetings in Latah County kick off.
  • Weekly regional meetings Whitman County attended by Moscow representatives.

March 13 

March 16 

  • 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.

March 18 

March 20 

March 24 

  • 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.               

March 25 

March 26

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.

 City Services 

  • 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 customerservice@latahsanitation.com.
    • Facilities
      • 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  

City Facilities 

  • 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

 Community Events 

  • 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.