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Our role in making sure people don’t gather in large groups

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. On Wednesday, March 11, Gov. Inslee imposed restrictions on large gatherings in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Following that guidance, gatherings of 250 people or more are canceled in Pierce County through March. We will not issue temporary food permits for large events until further notice.

You can still use your temporary permit if your gathering is for fewer than 250 people. If you planned to host a gathering larger than that in March, you can call (253) 798-4709 to request a refund. We won’t charge a fee.

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We will rely on your desire for a healthy community to ensure everyone follows these new rules. The enforcement process will be driven by public complaints.

If you are concerned an event permitted to serve food might still be happening, you can call (253) 798-6460 or file a food safety complaint on our website. If you call, please be ready to provide as much information as you can including the name and address of the event.

For permitted temporary events, we will follow these complaints with a phone call. For public safety reasons, we won’t follow up in person. We aren’t focused on citations, but rather on protecting the health of our community.

For non-permitted temporary events like those held at a church or grange hall, we will refer the caller back to the local jurisdiction where the event is scheduled to be held.

We understand this may be frustrating. We are following the guidance we are provided to help keep our community safe.

For any event—and for your own safety—remember to practice good hand-washing, avoid touching your face, avoid large groups and stay home if you are sick. 

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