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UPDATE 3/23: In light of Governor Inslee's "Stay at Home" Proclamation, all non-essential City buildings and services (including parks) are closed effective tomorrow evening (3/24). View more information.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE STAY AT HOME ORDER. You can view more information about Gov. Inslee's "Stay at Home" order at

This webpage will be updated as new information and resources are available.

Last Updated: April 1, 2020

The COVID-19/Novel coronavirus situation is ongoing, and rapidly evolving. The City of Shelton is working with our community partners, including Mason County, Shelton schools, and other community partners to ensure that the most accurate and up-to-date information is available to our entire community.

UPDATE 3/23: In light of Governor Inslee's "Stay at Home" Proclamation, all non-essential City buildings and services (including parks) are closed effective tomorrow evening (3/24). View more information.

  • City Council:
    • City Council issued an Emergency Proclamation on March 5, 2020 to help ensure that Shelton is able to access state and federal COVID-19 resources as quickly as possible.
    • Beginning with their upcoming April 7 meeting, City Council will be implementing several changes to ensure social distancing is followed according to guidelines from the CDC and WA State Department of Health. These changes include meeting in a larger conference room, postponing consideration of non-essential items, and temporarily suspending live public comment at meetings.
  • City Manager/Administration:
    • UPDATE 3/24: Any events which have previously filed Special Event Permits with the City through May 15 have been postponed or canceled. Event organizers can reach out to with any questions or concerns about upcoming events.
    • All non-essential City staff have been instructed to work from home through April 24, 2020. This will cause some delays as we all get used to this new workplace environment.
    • City Manager Jeff Niten will be reading emailed public comments at City Council (provided that they relate to City business, are submitted at least an hour before the meeting, follow Municipal Code guidelines for acceptable comment, and the writer expresses desire for their comments to be read aloud). This will ensure that community members are still able to participate in the governing process, while maintaining social distancing.
    • We are also working with Mason County, Shelton schools, and other business and community partners to share resources and complete, accurate information. We are also following any COVID-19 proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee’s office.
  • Community Development/Parks and Recreation:
    • UPDATE 3/26: To follow Gov. Inslee's stay at home order, building inspections will be suspended unless they meet specific criteria. We're also changing our inspection protocol. View the complete criteria and changes.
    • The Civic Center will be closed to members of the public from March 20-March 30, 2020. This will help limit any potential spread of COVID-19, and give maintenance staff time to complete deeper cleanings.
    • All Recreation programs have been canceled until May 15.
    • All Civic Center rentals have been canceled until May 15.
    • Park bathrooms will be closed until May 15. Parks will not be serviced by City crews during this time but will be maintained for safety.
  • Municipal Court:
    • Along with the rest of the Civic Center, Municipal Court will be closed from March 20 through March 30, 2020.
    • If you need to get in touch with Municipal Court, call 360-426-9971, option 1.
    • Municipal Court employees are working in staggered shifts to avoid contact with other employees and members of the public.
  • Police:

  • Public Works:
  • Utilities:
    • City crews will not be conducting regular meter checks. Instead, averaging will be used to calculate each household’s usage. Customers will see this reflected on their April bills.
    • We are in the process of creating some new processes and protocols for customers financially impacted by COVID-19. We are happy to work with any customer who needs help exploring their options—just give us a call.
    • UPDATE 3/24: The City of Shelton has created a "Will Pay" program to assist community members who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Read more about the new program.

What is the latest information regarding Coronavirus?
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What measures can you take to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay informed with the facts: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington State Department of Health websites are updated regularly as new information emerges regarding the virus.

contact information
Washington State Department of Health Hotline: 1-800-525-0127, press the # key

Mason County Public Health Hotline: 360-427-9670, ext. 599

Note: Both of these hotlines are experiencing heavy traffic, and might be temporarily unavailable.