Updated January 4, 2021 

The outbreak of COVID-19 is an active situation that is quickly evolving. The City of Burien is committed to providing services to our community while following the most up-to-date guidelines to ensure public and staff safety. Read stories about our community's response to COVID-19 on the Burien Magazine website.

Current Restrictions in King County and Washington State

On January 5, Gov. Inslee announced a new path forward to reopening the state when the current temporary restrictions expire on January 11. According to the new plan, Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery, regions across the state, including King County, will enter Phase 1 of Healthy Washington on January 11. In Phase 1, our community will continue to operate as we have been under the current temporary restrictions with some additional fitness, entertainment and sports activities allowed at a limited capacity.

This new path forward allows us to balance fighting COVID-19 and saving lives with safely reopening the economy and vaccinating as many people as possible.

Learn more about the new guidelines on King County’s Current COVID-19 Guidance and Restrictions website.

Statewide Requirement to Wear Face Coverings

Washington State Department of Health issued an order requiring anyone in Washington State to wear a cloth face covering in public when unable to remain 6 feet away from others. It went into effect on Friday, June 26, 2020.

The City of Burien is distributing 16,000 free cloth face coverings (masks) to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Burien. 

Washington Exposure Notifications (WA Notify)

Washington Exposure Notifications (also known as WA Notify) is a new tool that works through smartphones, without sharing any personal information, to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is completely private, and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go.

Public Health Data

Public Health—Seattle & King County is announcing daily updates to COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County through a data dashboard

Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health have published the Risk-Assessment Dashboard. This tool helps gauge when and how to best lift restrictions around ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in Washington. It is updated every Wednesday.

We Are All in This Together

March 24, 2020 Statement from Burien City Manager and City Council:

The Burien City Manager and City Council issued a statement on March 24, 2020 urging the Burien community to follow the Governor's order and practice social distancing.

Stand six feet apart.

March 17, 2020 Statement from the Burien City Council:

“We are faced with an unprecedented crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to harm our community unless we all work together to stop the spread. While our public health and health care professionals work feverishly to treat those who are sick and stop the spread of COVID-19, the public health measures that have already been taken will have long-term effects on the Burien community for years to come.

As your elected leaders, we are acting swiftly to provide a safe and healthy environment for our residents, and staff are working long hours to coordinate and advocate for the right resources for Burien. In a crisis like this, none of us can go it alone—we must all come together to make it through.

Read the full statement.

State of Emergency

The City of Burien issued a proclamation of emergency on March 9, 2020. King County, State of Washington, and the federal government have also declared a state of emergency. Burien’s declaration helps support emergency measures that could be taken to protect public health, safety, and welfare within the city.

Stay Informed

For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 1 (800) 525-0127.

This is a quickly evolving situation and the King County website is the best source of current information, in multiple languages. Public Health - Seattle & King County is providing daily updates on their “Public Health Insider” blog.

The City will continue to keep residents informed with updates to this website, news and announcements, as well as Facebook (@CityofBurien) and Twitter (@Burien) as information becomes available.

If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact the King County novel coronavirus call center: (206) 477-3977. The call center is open daily from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. and has a language line.

Language Resources

King County and the State of Washington have information in more than twenty languages on their websites.

Closures and Cancellations

Visit our Closures and Cancellations page to find a list of buildings that have closed and classes, programs, and events that have been canceled or postponed.