COVID-19 Information

Local Information: 

Social Distancing

On March 30, 2020, Governor Inslee requested citizens not use the 911 system to report possible violations of the social distancing guidelines but instead contact the local law enforcement agency. 
Please report any concerns over public gathering to Please include the following information:
  [ ] public area
  [ ] private area
Approx. number of people:
Type of gathering:
  [ ] community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting event
  [ ] parade
  [ ] concert
  [ ] festival
  [ ] convention
  [ ] fundraiser
  [ ] other similar activity (briefly describe):
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Building Hours - Revised

Town facilities are operating as follows:
1.         Community Center – Closed except for the Senior Meal Site program which is being conducted on a take-out basis only.
2.         Public Safety – The lobby is closed to the public; however, staff is available on an appointment or emergency only basis.  Social distancing practices are being enforced.
3.         Public Works – The building is open from 8 AM to noon; however, social distancing practices are being enforced.  Please do not enter the building unless your activity requires an in-person presence.
4.         Sunnyside Beach park, Saltar’s Point park, the multi-purpose court, the Cherrydale basketball court, and all climbing structures/equipment in any of the parks are  closed.
Town staff are utilizing a combination of work schedules and telecommuting in order to comply with the Governor’s proclamation yet be available to serve and support the community.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Paul Loveless, Town Administrator, at 253.983.2074. 
Posted on: March 30, 2020

CANCELLED - Spring Cleanup 2020

Due to restrictions and shutdowns related to the COVID-19 virus, Spring Cleanup is cancelled and will be scheduled on a future date to be determined.

COVID-19 - Declaration of Emergency

The Town of Steilacoom like the State, Pierce County, and many other local governments, declared a state of emergency concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This was done to more quickly and easily mobilize staff and supplies needed to respond to the existence of COVID-19 cases in the Town of Steilacoom, and in reality, some cases are expected in Town eventually.

This measure was requested as part of the Town’s precautionary measures, and residents of Steilacoom should not be alarmed by this action which is part of the Town’s on-going response to the COVID-19 matter.

The declaration of a state of emergency will help align the Town’s response to the outbreak in coordination with state and county efforts. It enables the Town to activate emergency plans, prioritize response measures, and allocate funds to deploy additional personnel as needed. It also facilitates the use of mutual aid agreements and authorizes the Town to obtain vital supplies, equipment and services outside of usual purchasing or contracting regulations and apply for reimbursement of eligible expenses.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Paul Loveless, Town Administrator, at 253.983.2074.
Posted on: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Tips

Coronaviruses form  large family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold.   A new virus caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is now spreading internationally.  Coronaviruses are commonly spread from an infected person to others through:  1) Coughing and sneezing (within 6 feet); 2) Close personal contact, like toughing or shaking hands; 3) Touching an exposed object that has been infected, then toughing your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; 4) Rarely, fecal contamination.

Symptoms include: 1) Cough; 2) Fever; 3) Shortness of breath

Some basic procedures to help stop the spread of the virus include:
1) Remain calm and don’t panic.
2) Increase hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer.  Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
4) Keep distance from others (6 feet or more).
5) Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces.
6) Stay home when sick and away from others.  If serious, call your healthcare provider before going to the emergency department or their office/clinic.
7) Avoid contact with people who are sick.
8) Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a disposable tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow versus your hand.

Get more information at, which the Health Department regularly updates The page includes  frequently asked questions. Sign up for public health updates at
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Social Security Office in Steilacoom Closed due to State Guidelines

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed ALL local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service.

This change impacts the nearly 3.5 million U.S. citizens across the country who rely on their local Social Security office each month to get help applying for and receiving benefits.

Press release about the situation:

Local Social Security resource page:
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Following is a list of resources for businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19:

Pierce County

  • The Pierce County Economic Development Department is using CARES Act funds to provide local businesses and nonprofits with financial support during the pandemic. Their recently expanded programs now apply to more businesses than ever. Programs include:

    • Commercial rent / mortgage assistance up to 3 months
    • Reimbursement of costs related to COVID-19 safety
    • Free disposable masks and no-touch forehead thermometers (PPE)
    • Forgivable loans for operating expenses and to keep employees
    Applicants should apply by October 2nd for this round of funding. If you have previously applied for and received free PPE, you may apply again for more. 

    Read more about this program here.

    On another note, our Pierce County Birth to 25 Advisory Board is seeking members from the K-12 education community. Meetings are the first Monday each month. Apply here.

  • Pierce County businesses: Apply by Oct. 2 to receive COVID-19 relief funds. Pierce County businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply for multiple programs offering financial relief through the Pierce County Economic Development Department. Applications are due by Oct. 2 for this round of funding for the following programs:
  • Commercial rent and mortgage assistance: Get three months' rent or mortgage paid if your business has been significantly impacted by restrictions related to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. Receive up to $8,000 a month with a total maximum grant of $24,000. 
  • Apply for commercial rent or mortgage assistance:
  • Forgivable loans for working capital to help you stay in business and retain employees. Loan amounts start at $5,000 for micro-businesses up to $20,000 based on number of FTE employees.
  • Apply for a forgivable loan:
  • Offset costs with a grant to get reimbursed for up to 50% of expenses related to implementing safe start practices. Maximum grant amounts range from $8,000 up to $50,000 depending on number of FTE employees. 
  • Apply for an offset costs adaption grant:
  • To learn more about these programs and to apply, visit Applications are due by Oct. 2, 2020 for this round of funding.

CARES Act Information

Washington State

Small Business Administration

Business and Workplace Health Recommendations

Tips for Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity

Resources for Employers and Workers

  • Washington State Employment Security Department: COVID-19 Assistance
  • Guidance and Resources for COVID-19 Topics Related to Labor & Industries (L&I)
  • Help for businesses wanting to keep employee health coverage: The State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has let all health insurers know they have flexibility in defining who is eligible for coverage under the employer-sponsored health plan. If an employer would like to try to keep their employees covered or have other questions, they should reach out directly to their health insurer. Visit the Coronavirus and Health Insurance webpage for more information.


Financial Assistance