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Mar 12

Mayor’s Update - March 12, 2020

Posted on March 12, 2020 at 6:03 PM by Joshua Stecker

ATTENTION To our community, staff and citizens – Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation prohibiting large events of more than 250 people in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties to minimize public health risks surrounding COVID-19. Today, a mandatory closure of King, Pierce and Snohomish County public and private schools is currently instituted through April 24. This is a challenging time, and we are in uncharted waters.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have evaluated our City Hall and weekly Court procedures and will be closing City Hall and the Municipal Court to the general public, effective Tuesday, March 17. The status of City Hall and the Gig Harbor Municipal Court will be updated every Friday at 2:00 p.m. City staff will still be available via phone and email, and city inspections will continue.

The City of Gig Harbor supports our Governor, School Districts and Senior Centers in the decisions they have had to make over recent days. City staff are in regular communication with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and continue to follow their guidelines around preventative measures. We are also in contact with local public safety organizations, including St. Anthony Hospital, the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Pierce County Fire District 5, as well as the Peninsula School District to ensure a coordinated response. We will continue to provide the highest level of safety for our public, employees and emergency responders.

We have a continuity of operations plan in place and are confident in our ability to deliver continued essential services. We also encourage elderly citizens and those with compromised immune systems to stay home and take the necessary precautions as provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

We encourage everyone to obtain their information concerning COVID-19 from informed sources, including the Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health, the Washington State Department of Health, Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamation, Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, CHI Franciscan and MultiCare.

We will continue to update you as the situation changes. As always, your health and the well-being of those around you is our primary concern.

Mayor Kit Kuhn
City of Gig Harbor