UPDATED: Coronavirus Updates from the City of Newcastle
Posted on 11/16/2020

ORIGINALLY POSTED FEB. 29, LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 16. 

The City of Newcastle continues to coordinate with Public Health — Seattle & King County, as well as our first responders, to help keep our community respond to the COVID-19 situation. On March 6, the City of Newcastle issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency. Newcastle City Hall is currently closed to the public and many of our staff members are working from home.

King County has activated the King County Emergency Operations Center to support Public Health and help coordinate the work of cities across King County. For the latest updates, prevention tips and fact sheets (in several languages), bookmark kingcounty.gov/covid.

Our local businesses are struggling. The City's Newcastle To Go community initiative encourages you to support our Newcastle restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery. View a list of each restaurants' delivery/takeout options at newcastletogo.com.

The City of Newcastle will continue to update this page as new information is available. Click the buttons below for more information and resources about the novel coronavirus.

November 16, 2020: New Statewide Restrictions Announced

Governor Announces New Safe Start Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Rise

In order to slow the spread of rapidly increasing COVID cases in our state and ensure that hospital and medical systems are not overwhelmed, the State is taking the very difficult but necessary steps to protect public health.

These rules are effective Monday, Nov. 16th at midnight (12:01 am Tuesday), except for where noted as in the case of restaurants (detailed below). If the activity is not listed, it should follow its current guidance. All K-12/higher education and childcare is exempt from the new restrictions and will follow current guidance. These restrictions do not apply to courts and court-related proceedings.

-Indoor social gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited.

-Outdoor social gatherings should be limited to 5 people from outside your household.

-Restaurants and bars are closed for indoor service. Outdoor dining and to-go service is permitted. Outdoor dining must follow the outdoor dining restriction. Table size limited to 5 for outdoor dining. These restaurant restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18. 

-Fitness facilities and gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes may still occur but they are limited by the outdoor gathering restriction listed above. Drop off childcare is closed. 

-Bowling Centers are closed for indoor service. 

-Miscellaneous Venues: All retail activities and business meetings are prohibited. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely is allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 

-Movie Theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are still permitted and must follow the current drive-in movie theater guidance. 

-Museums/Zoos/Aquariums are closed for indoor service. 

-Real Estate open houses are prohibited. 

-Wedding and Funeral receptions are prohibited. Ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people. 

-In-store retail limited to 25% indoor occupancy and must close any common/congregate non-food related seating areas. Food court indoor seating is closed. 

-Religious services limited to 25% indoor occupancy or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. No choir, band, or ensemble shall perform during the service. Soloists are permitted to perform. Facial coverings must be worn at all times by congregation members and no congregational singing. 

-Professional Services are required to mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public. If they remain open, occupancy is restricted to 25%. 

-Personal services are limited to 25% of maximum occupancy. These include salons, nail salons, etc.

-Long-term Care Facilities are allowed outdoor visits only. Exceptions can be made for essential support person and end-of-life care. 

-Youth (school and non-school) and adult sporting activities limited to outdoor only for intrateam practices, masks required for athletes. 

A household is defined as the individuals residing in the same domicile.

COVID-19 IMPACTS: CONSTRUCTION, PERMITTING AND INSPECTIONS

CLICK HERE: Important COVID-19 Information

City of Newcastle COVID-19 Procedures
Updated June 26, 2020


- Building Permit Applications and Inspections -

The following provisions will ensure that construction activity in the City of Newcastle complies with Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington approach to Phased Reopening and his associated Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements (hereafter referred to as “Governor’s Order”).

Acceptance of Building Permit Applications: Building Permit Applications will be accepted for all permit types.

Issuance of Building Permits: Building Permit issuance will be contingent upon the applicant submitting a signed Safe Start Construction Attestation that documents compliance with the Governor’s Order.

Inspection Limitations: Our inspector will make determinations whether inspections can occur on site or must be conducted remotely. Remote inspections will be conducted via Google Duo. Please schedule regular inspections through MyBuildingPermit.com. You will be notified if a remote inspection will be necessary.


UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF NEWCASTLE

What's Open? Playgrounds, Sports Courts Reopen

NEW! SEPTEMBER 22 UPDATE:

Newcastle playgrounds are now open. But we ask that you please use caution and take certain measures when using the play areas:

- Cover your face
- Wash your hands and use sanitizer
- Keep your distance
- If sick, do not enter play area
- Maintain social distancing, avoid congregating and limit your gatherings
- Lake Boren Park isn't the only Newcastle play area. Click here to view a list of all of the Newcastle parks and their amenities. 

Please Note: Picnic shelters and reservations remain closed to discourage large gatherings.

ORIGINAL POST:

Newcastle parks/trails are open as well as our sports courts (basketball, tennis and volleyball courts). However playgrounds and picnic shelters remain closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

A few reminders:
— Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others
— Limit your gatherings to no more than 5 people outside of your household
— Wear a mask if you cannot maintain a safe distance from others
— To avoid congregating, please leave courts as soon as you finish your game

City Hall Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and adhere to public health directives for social distancing, Newcastle City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice

Newcastle City Hall will be temporarily closed to in-person services and most staff will be working from home. Staff will still be available by phone and email to provide assistance and answer questions during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please be assured that essential services, namely police and fire protection, will continue uninterrupted.

“To be clear, we are not shutting down the City or stopping services. We are evolving with the crisis and doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus as best we can,” said Newcastle City Manager Rob Wyman.

Please note: The closure does not affect the businesses located in Newcastle City Hall. Reach out to them directly for any changes to their schedules.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

— In the event of an emergency, please dial 911. For non-emergency police services or inquiries, please call 206-296-3311.

— For general questions, call City Hall at 425-649-4444 and leave a message. City staff will be checking the line frequently throughout the day and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

— Report issues such as parks/trails concerns, problems involving storm drainage, streets, traffic signals and trees or other vegetation online using SeeClickFix.

— If you’re looking to chat with a specific staff member, you can view our staff directory at newcastlewa.gov/contact. All staff members will be available by email and will get back to you as soon as possible.

City Partners With Aegis, YMCA to Help Seniors in Need Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

Aegis Gardens, the Coal Creek Family YMCA and the City of Newcastle are partnering to help citizens in need during this COVID-19 outbreak. We’re uniting to mobilize resources and support for our vulnerable residents.

Our first initiative, the Newcastle Cares Essentials Drive has been a HUGE success. We've collected hundreds of pounds of goods to donate to our senior community and held several distribution days where ALL of it was claimed.

Thanks to the support of the City of Newcastle, we now have enough donations to ensure we can support our community through the end of the year! The City used funds from its federal coronavirus relief funds to purchase enough supplies.

Donation Distribution Day
SENIORS MUST LIVE IN NEWCASTLE CITY LIMITS
All items will be collected and distributed to seniors in the Newcastle area on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aegis Gardens' Stan Head Cultural Center (13056 SE 76th St.). We invite all Newcastle seniors and/or senior caregivers to stop by and pick up anything they might need. You do not need to get out of your car, we will bring them to you. We have non-perishable foods, paper products (toilet paper, tissue, wipes, paper towels), sanitizer and more. If you are a senior who is unable to drive to the distribution day or you do not feel comfortable going out, please contact Aegis Garden's Alicia Campolito at Alicia.Campolito@aegisliving.com or call 206-819-7724 to discuss delivery options.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

What are the Symptoms?

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:

— Fever
— Cough
— Difficulty breathing

When should I seek medical evaluation and advice?

If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn't mean you have novel coronavirus, but you should call 9-1-1.

If you're over 60 and you have underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease. Come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for coronavirus and how to manage symptoms. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.

Prevention Tips

It’s important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

— Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
— Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
— Avoid contact with people who are sick
— Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
— Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infections.

RESOURCES & LINKS

 

COUNTY AND STATE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

We encourage residents to stay informed by checking the following links from trusted regional and state sources. These offer resources, tips and the latest news and information:

— Public Health Seattle & King County: kingcounty.gov/covid
— Washington State Coronavirus Response: coronavirus.wa.gov

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

King County has established a novel coronavirus call center. If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For general questions about COVID-19, please call the state hotline number listed above. 

SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Our Newcastle school districts are stepping up and providing resources to students and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. These include meal services and childcare. Click on your school district to see what services they're offering:

— Renton School District
— Issaquah School District
— Bellevue School District
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