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City of Gig Harbor COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Ban on Plastic Bags, Utensils, and Food Serviceware Temporarily Suspended

The Mayor, with input from the City Council, has decided to temporarily suspend enforcement of the City’s plastic bag ban during the COVID-19 health crisis.

With action taken by the Gig Harbor Mayor, our city is temporarily suspending enforcement of the plastic bag and utensil ban (Ordinances #1398 and #1399), effective immediately.


The City of Gig Harbor’s Emergency Proclamation, dated March 23, 2020, grants emergency powers to provide health and safety measures to our citizens. Our grocers are currently running out of bags that are compliant with Ordinances #1398 and #1399, and temporarily lifting the ban provides them the opportunity to use existing stock of non-compliant bags to provide food items to our community.


The City Council ratified the proclamation with Ordinance 1442 on April 13th. This will stay in effect until 30 days after the Emergency Proclamation is lifted.

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