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Pierce County moves back into Phase 3 of Roadmap to Recovery

TACOMA, Wash.—Today, Pierce County moves to Phase 3 of Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced May 13 that all counties in Washington would move to Phase 3 today. Since April 16, Pierce County had been in Phase 2.

“Ending the pandemic is a team effort. Declining cases and hospitalizations in Pierce County is good news, but the pandemic can still throw a curveball,” said Director of Health Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH. “Vaccination is a game changer. Everyone eligible should get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors,” he said.

The governor said the state is moving toward fully reopening June 30, or sooner if 70% or more of Washingtonians 16 and older initiate COVID-19 vaccination.

The relaxed restrictions on businesses and social gatherings take effect immediately.

Changes include:

Pierce County restaurants can open with 50 percent indoor dining capacity. Alcohol service and delivery and consumption must end at midnight.
Movie theaters and gyms can increase to 50 percent capacity.
Spiritual gatherings can increase to 50 percent capacity or larger if vaccinated-only sections are created.

The governor lifted restrictions and increased capacity for groups of fully vaccinated people. Spectator events will no longer have limits on the number of vaccinated attendees. This guidance also applies to conferences, live performances, weddings and funeral receptions.

Register for your vaccination today at Everyone 12 and older is eligible. You can also just drop in to any clinic and get vaccinated. No appointment is necessary.

If you need a ride to an appointment or can’t easily leave your home, we can help! Call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

Even as we move into a new phase, your role to stop the spread of COVID-19 remains critical.

Wear your mask where required.
Maintain physical distancing.
Keep gatherings small.
If you’re sick, stay home.
Wash your hands frequently.
Get tested if you experience symptoms or were exposed.
Learn more at

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

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