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Posted on: June 30, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATES

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Thank you for checking in on 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. 

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COVID-19 UPDATES 

On June 30, most state regulations ended in Washington state and businesses and government agencies resumed typical business operations. There are a few restrictions remaining, including a limit on large gatherings and mask requirements in healthcare and other settings. Otherwise, Washington state has adopted mask guidance issued by the CDC, which you can read here

To read the governor's full announcement on June 29 about Washington reopening its economy on June 30, read this press release: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-statement-upcoming-economic-reopening

Read more about Pierce County's current Covid-19 information at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website. For information from our county government officials at Pierce County, please visit this resource. Visit this Washington state resource for more about current Covid-19 information. 

FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND WORKERS

For a full accounting of reopening information statewide for businesses and workers, please visit this resource.  

COVID VACCINE 

CALL CENTER 253-649-1412

Tacoma Pierce County Health Department is ready to help answer COVID-19 questions and register eligible people for vaccine events.

VACCINE resources - WASHINGTON STATE Department of health

The DOH website is a reliable source for information. Find WDOH on Facebook and follow WDOH on Twitter. Sign up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

More info at https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/diseases/covid-19/testing-information or piercecountywa.gov/mobiletesting..

CDC ADVICE

Take a look at the most current recommendations from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html

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MEETING CANCELLATIONS

Stay tuned for any future meeting cancellations.

FIFE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 

Starting July 13, Fife City Council will begin holding hybrid city council meetings. Citizens will have the option to attend in person and virtually. However, all Fife City Council Study Sessions will remain virtual only. 

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 cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail at 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424. 

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CITY SERVICES

CITY OF FIFE BUILDINGS REOPEN

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, all remaining Fife city buildings will reopen to the public. Things may look a little different though. Masks will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors but will be required for anyone not fully-vaccinated when visiting any city building.

Here are the schedules for when each building is open to the public:

Fife City Hall: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only

Community Center: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aquatic Center: Monday-Friday, hours vary depending on programs

Public Works Counter: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Police Department Counter: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Municipal Court Counter: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UTILITY BILL PAY:

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.

PERMITTING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

253-922-9625 or email comdev@cityoffife.org

Permits in the City of Fife just got a whole lot easier! Check out the new online permitting features at cityoffife.org/onlinepermits

PUBLIC WORKS

253-922-9315 or email publicworks@cityoffife.org

REMINDER: Please do your part to help protect our sewer- only flush the 3Ps - toilet paper, pee and poo! 

COMMUNITY CENTER

253-896-8671 or email parks@cityoffife.org

AQUATIC CENTER

253-896-8670 or email aquaticcenter@cityoffife.org

POLICE DEPARTMENT

253-922-6633

Full directory here: https://www.cityoffife.org/directory.aspx

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HELP WITH UTILITY PAYMENTS

Utility bill relief

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 September 30, 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:

TPU: https://www.mytpu.org/emergencyassistance/ 

PSE: https://www.pse.com/pages/bill-and-weatherization-assistance 

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FINANCIAL RESOURCES

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 

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. 

2021 Rollback Relief Grant: To provide financial support to qualifying businesses impacted by recently modified COVID-19 restrictions, Pierce County has created a grant program to help offset the costs of business disruption. Subject to available funds and eligibility requirements, businesses may receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000. Click here for more information.

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 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. 

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION

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

The Fife branch of Pierce County Library is open for curbside pickup and free wifi available in the parking lot. Additionally, the branch is open for limited technology services. Find the library's hours and schedule, services offered and more 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. 

FIFE HISTORY MUSEUM

The Fife History Museum is currently open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For research requests, members of the public can contact the Historical Society at 253-896-4710 or fifehistorymuseum1957@gmail.com.

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COVID-19: RELIABLE INFORMATION

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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