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State of Emergency Relating to Coronavirus

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

Effective October 10, 2022, COVID Proclamation of Emergency Terminates

At the September 27, 2022 City Council meeting, Mayor Victoria Woodards terminated the COVID Proclamation of Emergency and all associated rules effective Monday, October 10, 2022 at 12:01 AM.

All meetings of Committees, Boards and Commissions (CBCs) will be required to go back to an in-person format, with a possible option to participate virtually. City Council study sessions, meetings and standing committee meetings will continue to be conducted in a hybrid format that allows for in-person attendance (Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.) and the ongoing option to follow the meeting virtually. 


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. 6 (Format for Public Meetings and Capacity of Council Chambers-May 25, 2022)


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



Rules No Longer In Effect 

Background Information

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.