UPDATED November 30, 2020
As we approach year-end, we would like to take a moment to sincerely thank YOU, our community, for your continued support, strength, and generosity during this challenging time. From front-line workers; healthcare officials; parents supporting children with online learning; people volunteering and donating time and resources; small and large businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations providing products and services; and so much more — we are grateful to be part of such an amazing, compassionate community.
As your City Council, we have worked hard to secure and provide resources to our community during the pandemic. Although need still exists, we have been fortunate enough to be able to allocate our Federal CARES Act funding for:
- Emergency Grants to Local Lacey Businesses: $1,000,000
- Thurston Economic Development Council: $70,000
- Thurston Strong (PPE, Childcare): $194,050
- United Way of Thurston County: $254,050
- Homeless Backpacks: $27,150
- Thurston County Food Bank: $133,645
- South Sound Senior Services: $50,000
In addition, City Council wants to provide support to Lacey families who have been impacted by COVID-19. Last month, we created the Household Assistance Program with the City’s second round of Federal CARES Act funding ($779,050). The funds will be used to help Lacey residents with past-due utility bills, rent, mortgage payments, and childcare costs. If you are in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19, we encourage you to contact Community Action Council at (360) 438-1100 ext. 5020.
Now, more than ever, local businesses need our support. They have been hit hard by the pandemic. When possible, purchase products and services from the businesses in our community. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
So much has changed in a short period of time — the world around us, our neighborhoods, gathering spaces, workplaces, and homes. However, one thing remains — our never-ending support for our community. Although we are proud of the steps we have taken, our work is not done. We will continue our efforts and as we all know, working together is the key to enduring this unprecedented time.
Throughout the winter months, we encourage you to reach out to your friends and family. Even though we must continue social distancing, staying connected and supporting each other is very important.
Stay safe and healthy, and please let us know how we can help.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate the current COVID-19 health issue. This situation is constantly changing and we are working hard to make the best decisions to keep our community safe and healthy.
We will post City of Lacey public updates and information regarding the COVID-19 emerging situation on this webpage.
UPDATED June 26, 2020
Beginning Monday, June 29, City of Lacey facilities will re-open to the public on a modified schedule:
City Hall – Public Hours
• Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Works Maintenance Facility – Public Hours
• Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We will follow the Health Department’s guidance of physical distancing of at least 6 feet and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order, wearing a cloth face covering or mask.
We encourage residents to continue accessing city services online, by phone, and email as much as possible.
Thank you for your patience as we transition to our “new normal.”
Update to Utility Bill Customers
We know the Covid-19 public health emergency has affected our community in many ways. We are working hard to reduce the financial stress this has created for our residents. The Lacey City Council passed a resolution, consistent with Governor Inslee's Proclamation 20-23.4, to make the following exceptions to delinquent utility accounts during this crisis:
- No interest.
- No late penalties.
- No disconnection of services.
Suspension of in-person utility payment service continues. Please use one of following alternative payment methods:
- Payment Drop Box in front of City Hall
- Call (360) 491-5616
- Mail to: City of Lacey
PO Box 34210
Seattle, WA 98124-1210
Utility Customer COVID-19 Support Programs (Posted 6-5-20)
- Pay your Utility Bill online. (View other payment options.)
- Pay Infraction Violations online.
Update to Passport Customers:
Beginning Monday, June 29, passport applications will be processed by appointment only. To schedule an appointment:
Visit Finance "Other Services" for additional passport information.
Update to Violations Bureau Services:
Beginning Monday, June 29, The Violations Bureau will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment:
Visit Finance "Other Services" for additional Violations Bureau information.
The following city facilities are closed to public-access until further notice:
Facility reservations can be taken on a case-by-case basis, depending on the current Governor’s Safe Start Plan requirements.
Updated July 22, 2020
Lacey Parks are open! Parks and open spaces are very important for wellness during the COVID-19 emergency, but must be used responsibly. You can still get outside for fresh air and exercise, but for the safety of you and your loved ones, you must follow the updated rules for Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Stay Safe Plan.
All City parks and trails are open from 7:00 a.m. until dark.
“GO before you go!” Park restroom access may be limited. A reduced level of available staff, and an increased use of Lacey’s parks and the park restrooms, makes it difficult for crews to keep the facilities cleaned to the standard that is critically necessary during the pandemic.
Group amenities such as playgrounds, the skate park, and picnic shelters are now open, but must be used responsibly:
- Practice physical distancing at all times by staying 6 feet away from others.
- Keep children from different households 6 feet apart on the playground.
- Wait your turn or come back another time if amenities are too crowded for physical distancing.
- Always bring face coverings for yourself and your children and have them ready to use if needed.
Per the governor’s updated orders, and Health Department recommendations, please use open spaces and trails responsibly:
- If you encounter others, maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer since restrooms may not be available to wash your hands.
- Bring your own face covering
- Stay home if you are sick.
Stay healthy and safe!
Visit our Parks & Recreations page with resources to Play at Home!
- City Council meetings are currently only available to the public via live streaming. Get details here.
- All City-sponsored and City-hosted events are cancelled until further notice.
- Senior Services for South Sound
To set up Meals on Wheels delivery or for transportation to essential appointments, call Care Connection Services
at (360) 586-4491.
- United Way of Thurston County
Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund (Partnership between Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Thurston County):
- Assists vulnerable people impacted by the pandemic and provides essential funding to certain local nonprofits at the forefront of responding.
- Once funds are made available, people who need assistance can contact the Community Action Council to apply, at (360) 491-7729.
- Thurston County Food Bank
For food assistance and the latest updates on food distribution locations and hours, including satellite locations, visit: thurstoncountyfoodbank.org
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Call first. If you or a family member are sick and plan to seek care, call first. Healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms—or direct you to the appropriate resource.
- Wash your hands often! Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice).
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs, especially when you touch them with unwashed hands.
- Avoid people who are sick. Steer clear of illnesses, if possible.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then throw that tissue away and, again, WASH YOUR HANDS!
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces often, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Stay informed. See list of trusted sources of accurate public health information on right side of webpage above.
Public Notice: Temporary
Procedures for Regular City
Interview with Mayor Ryder on
Stay Safe, Thurston County
Message from Deputy
Mayor Cynthia Pratt
Guide to Federal, State, and
Local COVID-19 Related
Assistance for Lacey Residents
Supporting Local Businesses
During COVID-19 Crisis
City Council Request to
Congress for Economic Relief
City Hall Closed to Public
Grants for Childcare Providers, Nonprofits, and Businesses
The $1 million in Lacey Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Grants are now closed.
All funds have been exhausted (updated 4-29-20).
Initiative Information for
Workers and Employers
Department is ready to
help you weather the
effects of COVID-19
COVID Relief Grants Available for Lacey Residents for utility bills, rent, mortgage payments and more.
Eviction Rent Assistance Program
DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance
for some Washingtonians
Information on Providence
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
Location in Lacey
Free E-Visits for
Get Connected to Critical
Health & Human Services
What does it mean to
Stay at Home?
Department of Health
Thurston County Public
Health and Social Services
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
Washington State Corona Virus
Puget Sound Energy
LeMay Pacific Disposal