The Pasco City Council took a couple of steps to help businesses and citizens deal with the COVID-19 issue on Monday.

During a special workshop session the council took the following actions:

 "The Council ratified several emergency orders made by Mayor Saul Martinez on Friday, per the Pasco Municipal Code:

o   Order 2020-001 provides for a variance in the City’s sign code to allow restaurants more use of signs, including sandwich boards and banners, to advertise take-out or delivery services.  Interested businesses can call Community Development for more information at (509) 545-3441.

o   Order 2020-002 enacts a temporary moratorium on utility service shut-offs and late fees for City of Pasco customers during this emergency.  However, customers are urged to call Customer Service at (509) 545-3448 to set-up a payment plan if they are having financial difficulties.

o   Order 2020-003 ratifies the order that closed City facilities starting on Monday, as was announced on Friday afternoon."

  So you will likely be seeing a few more signs out front of businesses, to help them attract curbside-take out business, and some relief especially for displaced workers. But again, the City emphasizes if people are faced with those type of issues, they do need call and let the City know.