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City of Gig Harbor COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: June 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Pierce County Safe Start-Stay Healthy Status Moved to Phase 2

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has announced that Pierce County has been moved to Phase 2 of the Governor's Safe Start-Stay Healthy order.

Details on allowable activities under Phase 2 can be found on the Health Department’s website. These include:


Social gatherings:

  • Choose five friends or non-household members you would also like to see regularly. When you play, eat out, visit, or otherwise socialize, try to limit your close contacts to this group. You can reduce the risk of infection while enjoying more Phase 2 freedom.

Spiritual gatherings:

  • Up to 100 people can meet outside for faith-based gatherings. That number doesn’t include staff.
  • For indoor gatherings limit to 50 people or 25% capacity, whichever is less. That number doesn’t include staff.

To determine the occupancy capacity of a business please see the below three options: 

  1. Certificate of Occupancy: Each issued Certificate of Occupancy states a maximum occupancy.  If business owners have a copy of their issued CO, that is a good place to start.  
  2. SMARTGov Permit Portal:  A business owner may search our permit portal online
  3. City Staff Assistance:  A business owner may contact our helpful City Staff to obtain this information.  Please have them contact Permit Coordinator, Patty McGallian, at 253-853-7621 or email at  Patty can help the business owner locate previously issued occupancy or if that isn’t available, work with the Building Official/Fire Marshal.

Beginning June 8, most employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering or face mask, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site. (Exceptions include individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who communicate with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication.) Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection. Refer to the state Department of Labor & Industries’ Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements or their Which Mask for Which Task guide for details.

As we move through the phases of Safe Start, we must work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is more important than ever that you:

  • Maintain physical distance of six feet from others when required.
  • Wear a face covering when you can’t.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.

People at higher-risk of poor health outcomes from COVID-19, such as those over 65, people with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying conditions should continue to stay home and stay healthy. Everyone’s health is different. You should talk with your health care provider if you have questions about your health.

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