Mayor issues statement on governor’s stay-at-home order
Mayor Victoria Woodards released the following statement in Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 23 stay-at-home order:
“These are difficult times, and leaders across the world are being asked to make difficult decisions for the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. Limiting the spread of COVID-19 is a serious responsibility, and I want to thank Governor Jay Inslee for his leadership and for keeping the channels of communication open with all levels of government. I share his desire to help our communities return to normal as soon as possible, and I know that these orders are a way to do just that.
“These new changes will challenge all of us. I remain committed to seeking solutions to the impacts of these changes and protecting the health and wellbeing of all Tacoma community members. I will work with my colleagues on the City Council, our partners in the community and at every level of government to mitigate the challenges before us as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19. I want to call on every member of our community to join me in exercising resilience, innovation and compassion, and finding ways to encourage and support one another as we all abide by these new measures to protect public health. Our everyday choices — how we shop, reaching out to friends and family, and finding ways to give hope to others — have the power to bring great strength to our community as we weather this storm.”
City offers resources for businesses
The City of Tacoma is concerned about the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses related to their potential loss of revenue, possible employee layoffs and long-term resiliency. We want to ensure that you are connected to key resources that may assist in your decision-making and facilitate access to economic support. In addition, we are working to create additional tools to enhance your viability.
You are important to our community. We are here to support you and to work through this challenge together. As a result, we have created this webpage to house information, which may change frequently, and we encourage you to check back for updates. Resources are organized to help you easily navigate to the information you need, when you need it. Also, a Translate button has been added to ensure broad access to the Make It Tacoma site. We hope this information will be helpful.
We will continue to post new information on this page periodically and look forward to announcing additional support soon. Please contact us directly at MakeItTacoma@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-2012 with specific questions or information to share. We encourage you to distribute this information widely through your networks.
Metro Parks expands closures
While parks and natural areas remain open to the public, Metro Parks Tacoma is expanding its list of facility closures as part of the state and community effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
· Effective immediately, 51 playgrounds, 48 sport courts, 27 picnic shelters and 8 skate parks are considered closed to the public. Signage will be posted this week.
· Beginning Wednesday, parking lot gates will be locked at parks that have them, including Chinese Reconciliation Park, Brown’s Point, Stewart Heights, and Tacoma Nature Center, among others.
· This also means the gates to Point Defiance Park will be locked, including the Pearl and Mildred street entrances. This means Five Mile Drive is closed to motor vehicles.
· A closure of the park district’s 31 public restrooms took effect Tuesday
Parks remain open for visitors to walk, cycle and enjoy nature. However, Metro Parks is taking these additional actions to support Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent orders to discourage groups from gathering, as well as to address the workload the park district can accommodate with diminished staffing levels. As the Governor said in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, people are encouraged to take care of themselves by visiting local parks.
Most of these closed amenities are out in the open and cannot be fully secured or locked. Metro Parks is asking the public to honor this closure notice as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe.
Per the governor’s orders, park visitors are asked to use open spaces and trails responsibly: practice social distancing (6 feet from anyone), bring hand sanitizer, and take all belongings and trash home. In other words, “pack it in, pack it out.”