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Last Updated March 24, 2020 2:20 PM


Governor Jay Inslee Announces 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order (March 23, 2020)

The Governor’s statewide order requires everyone in Washington to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.


This proclamation:

  • Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  • Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes. These include gatherings such as weddings and funerals.
  • Closes all businesses except essential businesses.

The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.


'Stay Home, Stay Safe' Order and Participating in Tacoma City Council Meetings (March 24, 2020)

Pursuant to Gov. Inslee's executive order, community members will be required to maintain a minimum social distance of six feet at all times and may be required to enter the Tacoma Municipal Building and/or the Council Chambers one person at a time if they choose to attend a Council Meeting in person.


Consistent with the CDC's recommendation, and pursuant to the City's recent state of emergency proclamation, Council has set the maximum occupancy of Council Chambers, not including Council and staff, at 10. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the CDC also recommend that individuals over the age of 60 as well as individuals with underlying medical conditions – like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes – stay home as much as possible and avoid crowds.


Community members are strongly encouraged to participate at Council meetings in written form. This guidance extends to Public Comment for items on the agenda and Community Forum for items limited to matters over which the Council has jurisdiction. Written comments may be submitted to cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org every Tuesday before 4 PM prior to that evening's Council meeting, and comments will be compiled and sent to Council.


Council meetings are televised on TV Tacoma, which is carried on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. Council meetings can also be streamed on tvtacoma.com.


Press Conference on How Washington is Assisting Workers and Businesses (March 18, 2020)

Watch this press conference with Governor Jay Inslee, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as they provide an update on how Washington is assisting workers and businesses dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Video courtesy of Governor Inslee's Facebook page.


For Tacoma Business resources related to COVID-19, visit our website www.MakeItTacoma.com.


Governor Inslee Announces Statewide Shutdown of Restaurants, Bars and Expanded Social Gathering Limits

On March 16, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee announced an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The new orders went into effect at midnight, March 17, and will be in place through March 31, 2020.


Governor Inslee Announces School Closures for All K-12 Schools in Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all public and private K-12 schools will be required to close for six weeks. Public health officials hope the science-driven decision can help minimize COVID-19 exposure in Washington's schools.


Schools will close from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24. 


Restrictions Imposed on Gatherings with 250+ People

Wednesday, March 11, Governor Jay Inslee imposed restrictions on large gatherings in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties through March 31 to limit spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Please cancel gatherings of 250 or more people for social, spiritual and recreational activities including, but not limited to:


 Community Sporting events
Civic Parades
Public Concerts 
Leisure Festivals
Faith-based Conventions
Fundraisers Similar activities


If you need planning support or resources, call 1 (855) 722-5378.


Visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Website


Confirmed Cases in Pierce County

The City of Tacoma is aware of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pierce County. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation and will provide any updates related to changes for the City of Tacoma staff, customers and community members as we implement public safety measures.


The City of Tacoma is currently following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in regards to responding to COVID-19.


Coronavirus Fliers Available for Download in Multiple Languages

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has created fliers explaining what the Coronavirus is, how it spreads and how to plan ahead. Download any of these fliers and share with your friends, family, co-workers or neighbors. 


















Guidance from the CDC

Currently that guidance, which is available at cdc.gov, includes:


General Prevention

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Empty trash prior to overfilling.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    Prevent the Spread if You are Sick

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home as much as possible.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms.


    Additional Suggestions

  • Make a plan for school, daycare and adult care closures.
  • Establish a kit that can last up to 14 days with food, water/fluids, cold, and flu relief products, prescription medications and pet food in case you need to stay home.
  • Create an environment of educating staff and not creating hysteria.
  • Familiarize yourself with Human Resources policies and discuss with your management.
  • Practice Social Distancing strategies, such as working from home and limiting in-person meetings by utilizing go-to meeting/conference calls, etc.

The City is continuing to coordinate with regional and state emergency management to assess the situation and receive guidance from the County Health Department who has authority in this situation. At this time, the City is operating under normal operating conditions and focusing on employee education about prevention, as well as urging residents to visit the cdc.gov for accurate information.


Free e-Visits and Virtual Health Consultations at Local Healthcare Organizations




As a public health service and to help avoid further community spread of COVID-19, MultiCare is offering FREE e-Visits to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), with or without travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea, or anyone exposed to someone who has traveled to these areas.”


Get more information and access these services by visiting the MultiCare website.


CHI Franciscan

"To provide increased access to care, CHI Franciscan is offering free 24/7 virtual health consultations with a certified healthcare provider to all individuals who may be experiencing upper respiratory symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19 infection. Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care is open to all our communities in an effort to reduce in-person visits to urgent care centers and emergency departments.”  – Ketul J. Patel, Chief Executive Officer, CHI Franciscan

How to access Franciscan 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care:

When prompted for payment, use coupon code COVID19 to waive the $35 virtual video consultation fee and to connect with a board-certified healthcare provider.

  • Eligibility for a free visit for COVID-19 is limited to one per individual across all platforms.
  • In accordance with public health guidelines, we are asking patients to avoid going to the emergency room or urgent care unless symptoms are severe (such as a high fever or shortness of breath). If you are concerned about symptoms, we ask that you utilize the virtual care option, or call your regular provider before visiting a facility.

City of Tacoma Employee Communication

If normal operating conditions change, the City of Tacoma will notify our employees via email, phone trees, the employee hotline, our intranet sites GNET/UNET and the City websites.