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State of Emergency Relating to Coronavirus

Tacoma Issues a Proclamation of Emergency Relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City of Tacoma Proclaims State of Emergency in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and Mayor Victoria Woodards proclaimed a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020 in accordance with the Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.10. 

The proclamation of emergency allows the City to waive certain contracting and budget requirements, authorize staff to implement emergency purchasing requirements and to take other steps in response to the emergency.

Read the Proclamation of Emergency Issued on March 12, 2020


Mayor Woodards Delegates Authority to City Manager Pauli During Proclamation of Emergency

On March 13, 2020, Mayor Victoria Woodards signed an emergency rule to delegate authority during this Proclamation of Emergency to City Manager Elizabeth Pauli.


Read the Declaration of Authority and Emergency Rules


Other Proclamations 


Proclamation of Emergency Rule No. 2 (Postponing Utility Shutoffs-September 28, 2021) 


Proclamation of Emergency Rule No. 4 (Public Meetings to be in Virtual Format)


Proclamation of Emergency Second Amended Rule No. 1 (Capacity of Council Chambers)


Proclamation of Emergency Rule No. 2 (Postponing City Utility Shutoffs-March 16, 2020) 


Proclamation of Emergency Rule No. 3 (Waiving City Residency and Competitive Examination For Hiring Into the Classified Civil Service)


The World Health Organization announced the week of March 9,2020, that the COVID-19 outbreak is considered a pandemic. The Washington State Department of Health has confirmed the localized person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in Washington State, significantly increasing the risk of exposure and infection to Washington State residents and creating an extreme public health risk.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

While conservative estimates are that 80 percent of people who contract COVID-19 on their own and home, it can have more severe health complications for people over the age of 60, people with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.