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 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.
2.         Public Safety –Building Hours  Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - Noon. Call-In Hours  Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. – Noon and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 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.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Paul Loveless, Town Administrator, at 253.983.2074. 

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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 residents, businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19:

News About Rental Assistance in Pierce County

Dear Partners,

I’m thrilled to pass along to you the following information about Rental Assistance in Pierce County.  Please follow the links for further information. 

Funding is still available for the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program. With the eviction moratorium lifted, we need to get funding to those in need as quickly as possible. Please help us spread the word!

Program details:

Rental and utility assistance is available for up to 12 months in past-due rent and utilities and can be applied for on a single, centralized online portal. Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), but priority will be given to those under 50% AMI. Read more about qualifications and apply on the Pierce County website.

Warm regards,

Alice J Stewart Hunger Response Director
Pronouns: she/they Emergency Food Network
3318 92nd St S, Lakewood, WA 98499
Office: 253-584-1040 x 111  • Mobile: 361-290-9730
Visit our website:

Posted on: August 10, 2021

District 6 Banner

Dear neighbors,

Spring is here! Trees are beginning to blossom, gardens are being worked on and for many, allergies are kicking in. Things were a lot different this time last year.

Reflecting on where we were 12 months ago, by April we rallied to show our appreciation for our frontline workers, and were anxiously tracking data from across the county, country and world.

We have come a long way. Now it is time to heal. With the introduction of the American Rescue Plan Act, we can look at the short- and long-term needs across our county. Unlike the first round of federal CARES Act money that focused on emergent needs, this money is focused on recovering over a longer period.

However, if you need help right now, below are resources available for a variety of needs, including small business assistance and rent and utility help.

COVID Assistance

PPP Deadline Extended to May 31

Check out to find free technical assistance in multiple languages and a lender if you need one. You may also call the toll-free Washington State PPP assistance line at (833) 562-1078.

Now Open: Working Washington Small Business Grants: Round 4 

Gov. Jay Inslee and the state legislature have approved a new round of small business grants. Working Washington Small Business Grants Round Four focuses on brick-and-mortar businesses most directly impacted by COVID-19 public health measures. 

Click here to applyThe application portal will be open until 5 p.m. on April 9, 2021. 

Questions? Contact the Washington State Department of Commerce technical support center at (855) 602-2722 or

Rental and Utility Assistance 

Pierce County Human Services and the City of Tacoma have received funds that can be used to support those facing possible eviction due to lack of rent payments or if you are behind on utilities.
To learn more about this program or apply please visit: Rental Assistance Program Site
Please only call 2-1-1 to apply if you do NOT have internet access. If you are having technical issues or have questions, email

Public Transportation Updates

Sound Transit Sounder Train pulls into Lakewood Station

Sound Transit is seeking public input on how they can improve the experience of getting to and from Sounder trains at the Lakewood and South Tacoma stations. Access improvement projects can mean investments in safer walking, rolling and bicycling connections between stations and surrounding neighborhoods; better pickup and drop-off areas; additional station lighting and weather shelters; and parking options.

An online open house is available through April 20 in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog.

Sound Transit is currently in the early planning phase for both its South Tacoma and Lakewood stations. Public input will help to identify potential improvements, which will then be evaluated and shared with the public later this year. Future phases of the project are subject to direction from the Sound Transit Board and the realignment process.

Pierce Transit is seeking feedback about changes to bus stops in our community. We know that one of the biggest reasons people don’t use public transit is because of increases to travel time. Pierce Transit is looking for feedback as they evaluate current bus stops. Find out more information, including how to provide feedback, at your bus stop or on Pierce Transit’s Bus Stop Balancing Project website.

As your Councilmember I am working hard to make sure I know the needs of our community so that as we craft policies, we are addressing those needs. Your voice is an important part of the process. I want to know your concerns so I can better support you and your family. If you see something or have questions please reach out and I will do my best to follow up.

Stay safe, mask up and get vaccinated (when your turn comes).

Posted 4/2/2021

Pierce County Offers Rent and Utility Support

The county received several grants that make available over $40 million to help Pierce County residents with rent and utility support.

Pierce County landlords are encouraged to register their properties now through 
this online resource, which will make it easier for tenants to apply for assistance.

Tenants can apply starting March 8. If you need help, please view 
this website, or call 211 if you do not have internet access.

For more information see the following link to view the flyer: Rental Assistance
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Pierce County  

Pierce County Council takes more action to support hurting local business

Local businesses are struggling, and the Pierce County Council wants to help. That’s why Thursday it passed its second round of emergency legislation in a week aimed at getting money into the hands of Pierce County business owners.
Through legislative actions Council: 

  • Waived the repayment requirement of the county’s emergency small business relief loan program for all pending and future applicants and set a Dec. 4, 2020 deadline to ensure applications are processed by Dec. 30, 2020;
  • Streamlined the process to forgive loans previously issued under the emergency small business relief loan program; and
  • Added a need-based grant program to assist Main Street and arts and culture-focused businesses to allow these businesses to receive a grant up to $10,000.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic Council has prioritized the nearly $158 million in federal CARES Act monies the county received to go where it is needed most,” said Council Chairman Doug Richardson. “We know the latest round of restrictions this week will have devastating effects on our small businesses and we only have until Dec. 30 to expend the money, which is why this latest action is so critical.”
Councilmember Marty Campbell proposed the legislation that targets in-store retail, arts and culture establishments like theaters, museums and entertainment venues, fitness facilities and gyms, restaurants, tap rooms and similar eating and drinking establishments that do not have a drive-thru and did not participate in the Pierce County Restaurant Rally program.
Eligible businesses can receive a need-based grant up to $10,000. Businesses that already received assistance from the county’s COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program can apply for this latest round of funding.
Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Businesses with 20 or less full-time equivalent employees;
  • Demonstrate at least 25% reduction in revenues due to COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Located in Pierce County;
  • Independent business (no corporate chains or corporate franchises).

Earlier this week Council moved $2 million in CARES Act funds from a contingency reserve account to support expansion of this program. Businesses can request the need-based grant through the Economic Development Department.
The emergency legislation now goes to the Pierce County Executive for signature. 

Additional information will be available soon on the Pierce County CARES Business Relief website

Posted on 11/20/2020

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