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Posted on: June 24, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATES

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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.

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PHASED REOPENING 

Pierce County currently is in Phase 2 of reopening. The phased approach to reopening will occur over the next several weeks. For a full accounting of reopening information statewide, please visit this resource.  For updates from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, please visit this resource. For information from Pierce County, please visit this resource.

NEW MASK REQUIREMENT

As of Friday, June 26, 2020, the state is requiring masks in indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing of 6 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. 

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MEETING CANCELLATIONS

Stay tuned for any other future meeting cancellations.

FIFE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 

In keeping with Gov. Jay Inslee’s extended directive regarding public meetings, Fife City Council will conduct 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 cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail at 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424. 

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ALL CITY BUILDINGS CLOSED

SERVICE AVAILABLE REMOTELY FROM 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.


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. 

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 two forms of help for your utility bills.  Read about those programs 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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COVID-19:  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 have two forms of help for your utility bills. 

The first program is a $250 utility payment grant for residential customers that does not have to be paid back. Applications are due September 18, 2020.  Residents in apartment complexes may be eligible for assistance from Tacoma Public Utilities.  See more details here: https://www.mytpu.org/emergencyassistance/

The second program is a hardship payment plan and our suspension of shutoffs through October 15, 2020 for residential and business customers.

Find details on both programs at cityoffife.org/utilitybilling

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PARKS, RECREATION AND AQUATICS

For more information and details of closures and cancellations visit: cityoffife.org/covid19pra

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POLICE DEPARTMENT

POLICE WINDOW CLOSURE

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.

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MUNICIPAL COURT

The Fife Municipal Court has resumed normal operations.  CDC guidelines for counter services and court hearings will be enforced to reduce potential exposure for yourself and court staff.  For those individuals appearing to attend or observe a hearing or to conduct counter business, please be aware that you will be required to wear a mask prior to entering the building.  The number of individuals both in court and at the counter will be limited.  Please be aware that there may be wait times to enter into the building.  If you have a fever or chills, have a persistent cough, have shortness of breath or have been exposed to COVID-19, you will be asked to leave and contact the court by an alternate method.

Per the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, limiting the number of people allowed into the courthouse will make it easier to social distance.  Therefore, through September, infraction hearings will be decided by mail only.  This includes photo enforcement hearings.  You will need to submit a declaration by mail rather than appear in person.  After the Judge reviews your declaration, a written response will be mailed to you.  Make sure the court has your current address.  If you prefer to appear in person, you can call the court at 253-922-6635 to request a continuance until in-person infraction hearings resume in October.

Declaration by mail for Mitigation Hearing:   Click here

Declaration by mail for Contested Hearing:    Click here

 Jury service through August has been canceled.

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EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

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.

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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. 

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 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. 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Pierce County is bringing free COVID-19 testing to Fife. The testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday  (September 1, 2020) at Dacca Park, 2820 54th Ave E, Fife. These tests are free. Identification is not required. On-site staff can help you register. Results are available in five to seven days. More info at piercecountywa.gov/mobiletesting.

FREE PUBLIC WIFI

Here is a neat 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 book drop offs and free wifi available in the parking lot. For more information on the status of the library and their online resources, please visit https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/library-reimagined.htm

Effective July 15, Fife Pierce County Library will begin to offer curbside pickup of holds. Customers will also be able to ask for a "grab bag" of library materials based on their specified age level and genre that they indicate.  We will have activity packs for all ages available through curbside service.  Interested Fife residents can book appointments on the 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.

FIFE HISTORY MUSEUM & DACCA BARN 

The Fife History Museum is currently closed to the public and plans to reopen during Phase 3. 

The Dacca Barn is now available for small group rentals for less than five people.

To reserve the barn or for questions or 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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