COVID-19 Closures

Last updated: 4/14/2020 at 3:25pm

In response to COVID-19, we are providing links to resources, a listing of partners and affiliate sites that are temporarily closed, and a listing of events and activities that are cancelled or postponed.

Our team will continue to make updates to these lists as more information becomes available.

EVENTS

  • JobFest has been rescheduled to Monday, June 1
  • Hire253 has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 25

 

CLOSURES

  • WorkForce Central: Due to the “Stay at Home” order issued by Governor Inslee, WorkForce Central offices are closed to the public. WorkForce Central staff will continue to work remotely and will continue to respond to emails and phone calls.
  • WorkSource Pierce: The WorkSource Center will be closed to the public until further notice. Virtual services will be available during its closure.
  • Bates Technical College: Effective March 17, until further notice, the college will be open to the public with minimal staff Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. Specific departments and offices have various open hours, those who are open will be practicing social distancing measures.
  • Catholic Community Services Nativity House: As of Tuesday, March 17, only overnight guests will be able to enter the building. Daytime guests will be served meals outside on the deck, and will be encouraged to disperse after receiving meals.
  • Clover Park Technical College: All buildings will be closed to the public, including the Student Leadership & Service Center and The Fitness Center through at least April 24, 2020. Labs may be allowed if social distancing guidelines are followed. Follow updates from CPTC here.
  • Department of Retirement Systems: Offices will be closed to in-person visits and onsite service as of Tuesday, March 17.
  • Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS): All events have been cancelled, DVR offices, and most facilities remain closed. A few in-person services are available in CSO lobbies for a limited number of customers to pick up, including:
    • An EBT card, when the individual has general delivery mail services only and for certain expedited food recipients. All other EBT cards will be mailed from the vendor or through a local office mail process.
    • Emergency support services, when mailing those services is not an option. Full services are also available by phone through the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233:
  • Emergency Food Network: All locations remain closed, with the exception of limited services being offered at the following locations:
    • St. Leo’s Food Connection
    • Springbrook Mobile
    • My Sister’s Pantr
    • BASH Food Pantry
    • Buckley Kiwanis Food Bank
  • Goodwill: Will be closing their Work Opportunity Centers, retail stores, and administrative offices until further notice. Employees at administrative locations have been working remotely since April 14, and will continue to do so until offices reopen. Online stores will still be running.
  • K-12 Schools: All public and private K–12 schools in Washington state are closed through April 24.
  • Metropolitan Development Council: The following programs will be operating remotely through at least March 30:
    • Energy Assistance
    • Weatherization
    • Housing
    • Adult Education and Employment
    • Youth Education
    • Child Care Food Program
    • Care Management
    • The Center for Substance Use Recovery
    • Supported Employment
  • Metropolitan Development Council’s 24-hour programs and overnight programs will continue to operate with some changes to limit visitor hours and require health checks for people interacting with the programs. Those programs include:
    • Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment Center
    • Withdrawal Management
    • Randall Townsend Apartments
    • Avenue Apartments
    • Bethlehem Baptist Church Temporary Shelter
  • Metro Parks Tacoma: All programs (including indoor, outdoor, and volunteer parties) and facility rentals will be canceled, and facilities (including marinas, zoos, animal parks, museums, and community centers) will be closed. Customers will be assisted over the phone.
    • Exceptions to Marina closure: Public boat launch, locker tenants will have continued access
    • Parks are maintained and open through normal hours
  • Pierce County Library System: All locations are now completely closed to the public, including public programming and public meeting rooms, until further notice.
  • Pierce Transit: Fare Collection, Office Centers, and Bus Centers are closed to the public. Transit will be running on a severely reduced schedule. Customer service is available by phone.
  • Tacoma Community College: Campuses will be closed to students and the public until further notice, but will be accessible through remote services. The Bookstore remains open for drive-through.
  • Tacoma Community House: Will remain closed until May 4th, 2020 in compliance with the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy emergency order. Clients can maintain scheduled appointments via telephone, texts, and email by contacting caseworker.
  • Tacoma Housing Authority: Most community programming in their facilities will be suspended through at least April 1, with the exception of partners who provide essential services.
  • Tacoma Public LibraryAll locations will close effective Saturday, March 14.
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission: All services remain open, with the exception of some events not intended for customers.
  • University of Washington: Spring Quarter will be conducted remotely, and on its scheduled start date. Residence halls, along with limited dining services, remain available to students who need to reside on campus. All students who remain in campus housing will be required to stay in residence halls or apartments with private bathrooms to limit shared hygienic spaces and encourage social distancing. Answers to any questions about these arrangements can be found on the school’s website.

Food & Supplies

Food and supplies delivery for COVID-19 at-risk populations: Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective is providing free delivery of food and supplies for those who are sick, quarantined, immuno-compromised, or elderly. Sign up here

Transportation to essential outings: Beyond the Borders transportation service helps eligible riders in east and south Pierce County, who are outside of the Pierce Transit service area, access public transit, medical services, employment and shopping. Learn more at pierce.wa.us

Food Pantries: Find the locations of food pantries across Pierce County. Provided by Emergency Food Network.

Free breakfast & lunch programs for students: The following school districts have arranged free breakfast and lunch for students affected by school closures.

Click here for an interactive map of all pickup locations, or select your district below: