Effective August 23 -

Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.15, prohibition against entering or remaining in any indoor space without a face covering. 

Guidance effective June 30 -

Effective 12:01 AM on June 30, all industry sectors previously covered by guidance in the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery or the Safe Start Reopening Plan may return to usual capacity and operations, with limited exceptions for large indoor events (any event with more than 10,000 simultaneous participants in an indoor, enclosed space.)

Reopening guidance:
  • Vaccine verification/negative testing: Recommended but not required for large indoor and outdoor events
  • Capacity limitations: No restrictions in restaurants, bars, stores, businesses, theaters etc. (except large indoor events)
  • Physical distancing: No requirements
  • Facial coverings: Not required for vaccinated individuals, unless required by individual business
  • Travelers: Follow CDC recommendations
*Some exceptions will include schools and childcare centers that will continue to have some facial coverings and physical distancing requirements.

Requirements for places of employment issued by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries have been updated here.

This resource continues to detail options for fully vaccinated workers to go without a mask, methods for verification of worker vaccination status, choices workers have to continue to mask up and other updated guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the job and help employers meet their obligations to provide a safe and healthy workplace.

Background: Inslee announces statewide reopening date of June 30 and short-term statewide move to Phase 3

We understand customers may be experiencing a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The Town will be temporarily suspending late fees and disconnection of service(s) for non-payment until September 30th, 2021. These provisions do not relieve a utility customer from the obligation to pay for utility services and payments due on the 5th of each month. Staff are available by phone, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

This is the final extension that will be issued by the Governor's office. If you do not have a payment plan in place prior to that date, you will immediately start being assessed late fees for any past due balance.

If you are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for support, including payment arrangements. Please complete an application for our COVID-19 Utility Customer Support Program. 

Need Additional Assistance? The following agencies/programs may be able to help:

Washington State Department of Commerce, Utility Assistance:

Wahkiakum PUD Residential Energy Assistance Program: 
360-795-8630 (option 4) or 800-635-5989 – for sources of utility assistance, housing/rental assistance, emergency housing, food/ clothing assistance, referrals, qualification of Wahkiakum PUD’s Senior and/or Disabled Citizen Discount Program and more.

Lower Columbia Community Action Program: 
360-425-3430 or 800-383-2101 – for low-income households in making home heating more affordable, avoid shutoff of utility services during the winter months, and maintain a warm, safe, and healthy environment for their families. Clients must meet income eligibility guidelines to qualify. CAP may offer additional services such as Home Energy Assessments, housing, senior services, Meals on Wheels and more.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Assistance – - Wahkiakum Post 5297 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars assistance and resources (including local contact information) can be found on their website.

Washington 2-1-1: 
2-1-1 or 877-211-9274 – for utility assistance, food, housing, health, childcare, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more.

Kinship Caregiver Support Program: 
360-759-4317 – or email for local assistance that may include rent, utility, bedding, furniture, clothing, school supplies, instrument rentals, gas and bus vouchers, car repairs, tutoring, food, and interpreter services.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services –
Utilities and Transportation Commission Consumer Hotline – 888-333-WUTC (9882) or email

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