Reopening Your Business
UPDATE January 15, 2021: Washington State Department of Health announced that based on Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington reopening plan, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 25, 2021. Details here.
Healthy Washington Reopening Plan
What is Healthy Washington?
Healthy Washington is the new phased reopening plan for Washington state. The plan took effect on January 11, 2021. Under Healthy Washington, the state will follow a regional approach, with every region starting in Phase 1.
How do I know which phase I am in?
King County is in Phase 1 of Healthy Washington.
How do I know which activities are allowed?
Phase 1 Guidance
- Reopening Toolkit (King County) – All the materials you need to print for reference and to display, to help reopen and operate your business safely. Also available in Spanish.
- Back to Work Toolkit (Madrona Ventures) – Tools, templates, checklists and guides that fit the practical needs of many company leaders –from HR to CEO to Facilities – to build a safe work plan for getting back to the physical workplace.
- Reopening Checklists (City of Seattle) – Includes checklists for reopening your business, financial resources, printable signage and more for multiple industries (multiple languages). Toolkits are not intended to provide public health guidance, but are meant to distill information from the state and county and make reopening guidance more accessible (multiple languages).
- Reopening Toolkit (Chambers of Kitsap County) – The Reopening Toolkit developed by our neighbors in Kitsap County provides a detailed roadmap for how businesses can prepare and plan for reopening, in addition to other information. Kitsap County is also in Phase 2 under the state’s reopening of business, recreational, and social activities.
- Resource Guide for Employers (Business Health Trust)
COVID-19 In The Workplace
Employers are responsible for meeting several reporting requirements if COVID-19 is found in the workplace. Guidance for employees who have potentially been exposed or infected is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Reporting Requirements for Employers
- Employers must notify their local health jurisdiction within 24-hours if the employer suspects that COVID-19 is spreading in the workplace, OR if the employer is aware of two or more employees who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period. Employers in King County can use this form to report cases.
Guidance for Potentially Exposed Employees
- Potentially exposed employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and follow the steps laid out here by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Additional support and guidance for workers during COVID-19 available here (Public Health – Seattle & King County)
Pivoting Your Business
Moving your business online is a way for many to continue to operate while complying with public health requirements. Businesses are coming up with creative ways of going virtual and taking their business online.
Eastside and Greater Seattle Platforms
Add your listing to these local promotional platforms and reach customers on the Eastside and greater Seattle.
- Eastside Restaurant Support Group: Share your offerings with over 6,000 Eastside potential customers. Join to add your restaurant or to help support.
- Experience Redmond: Submit/manage your business listing.
- Shop Local Kirkland: Connect with potential customers by adding your company to this online resource.
- Support Puget Sound Small Business: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add your business to the map.
- What’s Open Eastside: Add your business to the map here.
Virtual Roundtables for Festival Professionals
Film Festival Alliance is hosting free virtual roundtables open to all festival professionals. These virtual events cover information that ranges from how to stream online festivals to hosting drive-ins. Sign up here!
Social media tools like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are all popular and inexpensive ways of marketing your businesses to potential customers. If you’re not familiar with these solutions or need a refresher check out some of the tutorials below.
Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including business related issues?
- Public Health – Seattle & King County King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday-Friday) 8:30am – 4:30pm at (206) 296-1608 (interpreters available)
Contact Sector Leads (King County)
Get in touch with a representative from King County’s Community Mitigation and Recovery group.
Task Force Sector Task Force Lead Email address Business Shannon Harris Shannon.Harris@kingcounty.gov Community Based and Faith Based Orgs (CBOs and FBOs) Justin Jeffrey (CBO)
Ali Omar (FBO)
email@example.com Governmental Agencies Van Badzik firstname.lastname@example.org Higher Education Cecelia Hayes Cecelia.Hayes@kingcounty.gov Older Adult and People w/Disabilities (Liaison) Anne Shields email@example.com Pre K-12 Schools and Childcare Priti Mody-Pan firstname.lastname@example.org Immigrant & Refugee Hamdi Mohamed Hamdi.Mohamed@kingcounty.gov Priority Populations/Latinx Community Giselle Zapata-Garcia email@example.com Equity Team Arun Sambataro Arun.Sambataro@kingcounty.gov Housing (Liaison) Anne Shields firstname.lastname@example.org Speakers Bureau Steve Stamper Steve.Stamper@kingcounty.gov Language Access Amanda Kay ESJLanguages@kingcounty.gov