What Gov. Inslee's new social distancing order means for you
We understand these actions present challenges for everyone. The state compiled a list of resources for businesses and workers.
Effective March 16:
- Events with more than 50 people aren’t allowed until further notice.
- Events with fewer than 50 people are discouraged. They are prohibited if you don’t follow the CDC’s social distancing and disease prevention measures.
Many businesses must close until March 31:
- Dance clubs.
- Fitness and health clubs.
- Bowling alleys.
- Non-tribal card rooms.
- Art galleries.
- Tattoo parlors.
- Hair salons.
- Nail salons
- Any other entertainment, leisure and non-essential service establishments.
Food service establishments can’t provide dining room service but can stay open for drive-through, takeout and delivery. On-site food service and related activities are allowed for childcare and school-based food programs for K-12 schools.
Grocery stores and pharmacies should and may remain open, provided they observe COVID-19 prevention measures.
All other retailers must ensure environmental cleaning and designate an employee to implement a social distancing plan.
Under the order, impacted events include but are not limited to:
- Leisure or sporting events.
- Similar activities.
We are updating our guidance documents to reflect the Governor’s order. Please check back frequently.
We invite your comments but will delete those with profanity, personal attacks, derogatory statements, ads or promotional material. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department does not provide personal medical advice; please contact your health care provider.