Spokane City Council lifts COVID-19 state of emergency

The Spokane City Council meets with Mayor Nadine Woodward.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council has terminated the local emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The resolution, passed Monday, lifts the state of emergency declared by Mayor Nadine Woodward and modified by the Council in March 2020, as well as any other emergency orders derived from those declarations.  The council moves that government, business, and public life, in general, can resume if done with safety measures in place. 

“Like the rest of the country, the City of Spokane was hit extremely hard by the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Councilwoman Lori Kinnear, who chairs the Public Safety and Community Health committee. “However, due to an increase in Spokane County residents receiving their vaccinations, children returning to school, and businesses increasing their operational capacity, it is clear that we can move forward in lifting the local emergency and move towards citywide recovery and repair.”

In a release, the Council said it supports focus on the recovery of the city’s economic, social and cultural life to producer a “stronger and more resilient Spokane community.”