Resources for Local Businesses

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has announced that Pierce County has been moved to Phase 2 of the Governor’s "Safe Start - Stay Healthy" order. For businesses and employers this means the following activities can resume:


Beginning June 8, most employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering or face mask, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site. Exceptions include individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who communicate with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection. Refer to the state Department of Labor & Industries’ Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements or their Which Mask for Which Task guide for details.


Please do not contact the city or the police department regarding business compliance with Phase 2.  If you wish to report a business that you believe is not in compliance, please visit Violations of the Governor’s Proclamation.


The City has temporarily suspended certain Special Use regulations and eliminated Encroachment Permit fees. This allows for "sidewalk sales," and other outdoor sales on private property and within the public Right-of-Way. Encroachment permits are still required for use of R-O-W, in order for the City to review safety protocols/measures and require appropriate liability insurance.

Resources for Local Businesses

CARES Act Stimulus Package

  • A section-by-section summary of the CARES Act stimulus package is available here.
  • A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act is available here.
  • A summary of the small business provisions included in the CARES Act is available here
  • A section-by-section summary of the small business provisions in the CARES Act is available here.
  • CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loans may be forgivable, in whole or in part.
  • ArtsWA is providing CARES Act grants to arts groups and organizations.