*Updated June 29, 2020 - 11:01 AM*
COVID-19 is an active situation that is rapidly evolving. The City of DuPont encourages community members to stay informed by regularly checking:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Tacoma – Pierce County Health Department
- Steilacoom Historical School District
Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Read more.
Pierce County Safe Start Status: Phase 2
Effective June 5th, Pierce County entered Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start re-opening plan.
What does Phase 2 mean for you? The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department helps explain.
Safe Start Washington
June 1 - Effective June 1st is the "Safe Start" reopening plan. Safe Start builds off of the four-phased approach Inslee announced in May. As we gradually reopen, community members are required to practice social distancing in public spaces, maintaining six feet from others, and are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings. Safe Start allows counties to apply to move to the next phase. If a county moves to a new phase, they will remain in that phase for three weeks to allow health officials to monitor the impact of reopening.
The City of DuPont is aware of concerns and questions regarding the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. We are working actively as a City to protect our community.
- Mayor’s Local Emergency Proclamation
- Click here to read the Mayor’s Message from March 16, 2020.
- Mayor’s Directive from March 24, 2020 to ask DuPont individuals and families well to STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY.
- Mayor’s Message to Stay the Course - April 30, 2020
- From the Desk of the Police Chief COVID-19 & "Stay at Home" FAQ
Emergency Policies to Support Citizens
- All utility billing late fees will be waived until the declaration of local emergency is lifted.
- There will be a moratorium on all utility shut-offs for delinquent payment until the declaration of local emergency is lifted.
- Any utility customer unable to pay City utility bills as a result of financial difficulties arising from the COVID 19 pandemic shall be allowed to enter into a deferred payment agreement in compliance with DMC 17.02.080.
Steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.
Schedule Changes & Closures
- City Hall, Fire Department, and Police Department Lobby Closed to the Public
- Please call City Hall at 253-964-8121. Staff is available and can help you conduct your business over the phone or online.
- Permit and License Processes during "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" - Read more
The City is committed to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Currently, the City Hall & Police Department lobby are closed to the public until further notice.
Please call City Hall at 253-964-8121. Staff is available and can help you conduct your business over the phone or online. Certain online payments are available, materials can be mailed in (such as permit applications), and we have a drop box in the City Hall parking lot.
While the Police public lobby is closed until further notice in support of the Governor’s directive on social distancing, the police department is still operating at normal capacity – available 24/7 for emergency and non-emergency calls, (Non-Emergency: 253-798-4721 / Emergency: 9-1-1).
Park Amenities are Open
We urge visitors and park users to practice physical distancing, avoid group gatherings larger than 5, keep it moving to help prevent crowding, stay home if you are sick and follow the most current CDC guidelines.
With your help, City of DuPont parks and trails can remain open for the enjoyment of all!