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Thank you for checking in on closures and updates regarding Covid-19. The City of Fife is in constant contact with regional public health officials and other community partners. We are working together to prioritize the health and safety of Fife residents. Here are some of the measures the City of Fife has taken in response to Covid-19. We also have reliable information about current restrictions across Washington state.
On March 11, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery" would be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The governor also announced a new third phase of the Roadmap. Effective March 22, the entire state entered Phase 3. For more information click here.
Read more about Pierce County's Safe Start plans at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website. For a full accounting of reopening information statewide, please visit this resource. For information from our county government officials at Pierce County, please visit this resource.
As of Friday, June 26, 2020, the state is requiring masks in indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing of six feet is not possible. Read all the details at the state’s coronavirus website. Here’s some information from the Fife Police Department about the mask requirement.
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department is ready to help answer COVID-19 questions and register eligible people for vaccine events.
As of April 15, everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information click here.
The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection.
Stay tuned for any future meeting cancellations.
Fife City Council is currently conducting remote city council meetings.
The public is invited to observe Fife City Council meetings. The meeting will be conducted remotely with no in-person meeting. City Hall and all Fife city buildings are closed to the public, in keeping with current health recommendations for curbing the spread of COVID-19. Citizens interested in watching a council meeting should visit this link and select the date for the next meeting for information on streaming the meeting or calling into the meeting on an audio call. Citizens who would like to submit comments in advance of the meeting may do so by emailing the comments to the City Clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending via postal mail at 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424.
In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Fife community, City Hall is closed to the public. Employees are working remotely by phone or email. Please read on for more details and contact information. The City of Fife expects to reopen City Hall during Phase 3. Pierce County and all cities in Pierce County currently are in Phase 2.
The City of Fife offers online utility bill pay. Please click here for more information or click on this link https://fife.merchanttransact.com/Default.aspx.
For assistance with online or phone payments, please call 253-922-2489 and press 1 for utilities during current City Hall hours Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payment by check may be mailed or put into the utility drop box located in the City Hall parking lot. The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. We have help for your utility bills. Read about that help here.
253-922-9625 or email email@example.com
Permits in the City of Fife just got a whole lot easier! Check out the new online permitting features at cityoffife.org/onlinepermits.
253-922-9315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
REMINDER: Please do your part to help protect our sewer- only flush the 3Ps - toilet paper, pee and poo!
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Full directory here: https://www.cityoffife.org/directory.aspx
The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. We are offering a hardship payment plan for City of Fife utility customers. We are suspending water shutoffs through July 31, 2021 and waiving late fees through January 27, 2022. For information on requesting a hardship payment plan, visit: https://www.cityoffife.org/utilitybilling.
Fife Residents may also have Tacoma Public Utilities and/or Puget Sound Energy utility bills. Both of these utility companies are offering utility assistance:
For more information and details of closures and cancellations visit: cityoffife.org/covid19pra
The Police Service window at the Fife Criminal Justice Center is temporarily closed.• You are still able to reach an officer by using the call button on the blue box outside the exterior doors of the Criminal Justice Center. This will connect you to SS911 dispatch and they can send an officer to meet you outside.• If you need to speak with Records, you can reach them at 253-922-6633, option 3. You can also request a copy of a police report by visiting www.cityoffife.org/311/Police-Records.• If you are not reporting an emergency or a crime actively in-progress, the following crimes or occurrences - theft, vehicle prowl, vandalism or destruction of property and lost property - may be reported online by visiting https://www2.southsound911.org/onlinereporting/
PLEASE NOTE: Fingerprinting services and other non-essential services at the Fife Police Department are on hold during the closure.
For the most current information and details related to Fife Municipal Court operations visit: https://www.cityoffife.org/190/Municipal-Court
On March 12, City Manager Hyun Kim signed an Emergency Proclamation in response to COVID-19. Here is some background on what that means. This is a precautionary measure and should not be alarming to anyone. It allows the City Manager and designated staff members to amend established rules and procedures as needed to run the city. It’s one mechanism to help the city be more flexible and responsive to the needs of our city and its citizens during a quickly developing situation. It allows us to dispatch funds and mobilize employees as our needs change. It also allows us to coordinate with agencies to secure supplies we might need. You can read the proclamation here.
If you’re a citizen in need, here are resources to help you through this tough time.
The City of Fife recognizes this is a stressful time for many due to the financial effects of COVID-19. We have two forms of help for your utility bills. Read about those programs here.
Calling 2-1-1 can lead you to resources to help with housing, childcare, food needs, basic legal help and more. Read more about the South Sound 2-1-1 resource line here.
Pierce County is offering help for those unable to pay their mortgage or rent. If you need housing assistance, read more about that here.
Pierce County is providing assistance to individuals who have fallen behind in their rent and utility payments as a result of COVID. For information about income eligibility and how to apply, check out the flyer here. For more details visit the website here or complete the application here.
If you’ve lost your job, here is the information you need about unemployment benefits.
Pierce County has allotted a portion of its CARES act money to helping with childcare vouchers. Read more about that here.
If you’re an essential worker and need help with transportation, Pierce Transit has some options for you. Read about that here.
BUSINESS HELP AND RESOURCES
If you’re a small business looking for help and resources, here are resources for you.
The Fife, Milton and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce has a helpful resource page for the phased reopening of local businesses.
The Pierce County Economic Development Board is another helpful agency.
If you are a small, for-profit, business that has been negatively financially impacted by Covid-19 orders and related health and safety measures, you may be eligible for assistance through the state's Working Washington Grants: Round 4 Program. For more information or to apply click here.
If your business needs aid, please contact the Small Business Association and ask about Disaster Loan Applications.
Pierce County also is assisting small businesses with 20 or fewer employees who need aid. Here is information about the county program.
Pierce County allows emergency small business relief loans to be forgiven if certain conditions are met related to COVID-19 workplace safety practices. Click here for details regarding the process.
Many businesses and organizations in Pierce County will incur costs as they reopen, due to new regulations. Pierce County has created a grant program that may help offset some of these costs.
Businesses, such as restaurants, breweries, family entertainment and fitness centers, can get rent or mortgage assistance from a new county program. Find out more about Pierce County’s COVID-19 Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program here.
Impact Washington is inviting Washington based US Small-and medium-sized manufacturers (SME’s) to apply for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds. These funds provide services that directly support a manufacturer’s ability to recover from the coronavirus.
COVID-19 VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES
Want to see if you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine? Visit FindYourPhaseWA.org to learn more. You can also check out this phase infographic here.
Want to get notifications about future Covid-19 community vaccine opportunities from TPCHD? You can sign up for email alerts by visiting tpchd.org/notify.
FREE COVID-19 TESTING
More info at https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/diseases/covid-19/testing-information & piercecountywa.gov/mobiletesting.
FREE PUBLIC WIFI
Here is a useful Wifi access finder website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/.
The Fife Pierce County Library, located at 6622 20th St E, Fife, WA 98424, now has free wifi available in their parking lot for Fife residents.
Looking for free public wifi? Xfinity is offering free wifi to everyone as part of its response to COVID-19. You don’t have to be a customer to access this service. It is open to everyone and there are wifi hot spots throughout the area. Find a hot spot close to you at www.xfinity.com/wifi. For detailed instructions, visit: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.
FIFE PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY
Although the library is still not open to the public, the Fife location is now open for curbside pickup and free wifi available in the parking lot. Interested Fife residents can learn more on their website at piercecountylibrary.org, by downloading the Pierce County Library app or by phone at 253-548-3323. Residents can check out DVDs, music CDs, magazines, audiobooks and print books.
For more information on the status of the library and their online resources, please visit https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/library-reimagined.htm.
FIFE HISTORY MUSEUM
The Fife History Museum is currently closed to the public.
For research requests, members of the public can contact the Historical Society at 253-896-4710 or email@example.com.
You might have questions about the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19). Here are reliable sources to check for information.
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, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Phone volumes might mean a bit of a wait on that hotline.
Here are more reliable resources:
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department maintains a great database of resources at this website and they also provide deep background information and facts about the virus -- https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus
The Washington State Department of Health is maintaining up-to-date information on the virus here -- https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus.
Pierce County offers the following advice for everyone:
• Increase handwashing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer• Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – cover a cough or a sneeze• Keep distance from others (more than six feet, if possible)• Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces• Remain home during a respiratory illness
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