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Posted on: March 17, 2020

City of Moscow Closures and Suspended Services

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The Moscow City Council approved Resolution 2020-05 at their regular meeting on Mar. 16 extending Mayor Lambert’s local emergency proclamation for Moscow, Idaho issued on Mar. 13, 2020. It was also reported at the Mar. 16 meeting that the City will be taking steps to prevent and mitigate potential effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, by establishing closures, postponements, and adjustments to many City services. This period of temporary change begins Mar. 17, 2020, and is in place until May 5, 2020. Weekly reviews will be conducted as to the status of the COVID-19 outbreak and impacts on services.

Council & Commission Meetings

  • Meetings will continue as usual, except for public comment periods, which are being temporarily suspended. Rather than hosting in-person public comment sessions, comments may be shared directly with the Council electronically to or called directly to 208-883-7015.
  • Public reports on various items will be postponed, including public presentations, and Commission reports.
  • 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.

City Facilities - some City facilities are closed to the public as of March 17, 2020:

  • 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.

City Staff

  • City Staff has transitioned to Tier-2 of our Pandemic Preparedness Plan. As such, employees will work remotely where possible, services will continue to be available, and the public is encouraged to contact staff via electronic means or by phone.
  • All out-of-region staff travel is canceled.

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.

The City is working daily to assess the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, impacts on services, and how to most safely provide those services while protecting the health of the community and staff. Diligent and ongoing planning will continue throughout this event. The cooperation of the community is appreciated as we move forward to address the COVID-19 issues.


Story Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
Phone: 208-883-7123

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