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Governor moves Pierce County into Phase 2 of Roadmap to Recovery

TACOMA, Washington—Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Pierce County is among the counties moving into Phase 2 of the “Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery.”

Beginning Feb. 1, restrictions on social gatherings and some businesses will relax as part of Phase 2.

Among the changes:

Pierce County indoor dining available 25% capacity, alcohol service and delivery and consumption must end at 11 p.m. close.
All other indoor activities, including religious and faith-based services must follow a 25% capacity limit.
Indoor and outdoor sports are permitted to hold league games and competitions, (no tournaments) maximum 200 including spectators.
Outdoor entertaining may host groups of up to 15 with the two-household limit.
Wedding and funeral ceremonies and indoor receptions may take place following the appropriate venue requirements.

It’s good news for Pierce County.

“The Governor’s announcement offers some relief from the emotional and financial stresses our residents and businesses have experienced,” said Director of Health Anthony L-T Chen, MD MPH. “While this is good news, we must double down on efforts to get more people vaccinated and reduce the spread of COVID-19. That includes wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance, staying home when sick and seeking testing if you experience COVID-19 symptoms,” he said.

Pierce County is in the Puget Sound region along with King and Snohomish counties. To move from Phase 1 into Phase 2, the three counties combined now must meet any three of the four metrics outlined in the Roadmap to Recovery plan. Previously, the requirement was to meet all four metrics before advancing to the next phase.

In the metrics released today, the Puget Sound region reached the thresholds in hospital admission rate, ICU occupancy and positivity percentage. The region remains above the threshold in case rate trend.

The region could be returned to Phase 1 if it fails to meet the requirements in the future. The state Department of Health will release new calculations every two weeks. The next announcement will be Feb. 12.

Even as we move into a new phase, it remains critical for people to continue to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands frequently.
Maintain physical distancing.
Wear your mask.
Limit your trips.
Keep gatherings small.
If you’re sick, stay home.
Get a test if you experience symptoms or were exposed.

Learn more at www.tpchd.org/roadmap.

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of our mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment to protect public health. We are one of roughly 244 accredited health departments in the country and among six in the state to have met or exceeded the Public Health Accreditation Board’s quality standards. Learn more at www.tpchd.org.

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