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?

    View activities allowed in Phase 1 and 2 here 

    View specific business activity requirements here

  • Reopening Toolkits


    • 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.





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.

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.

  • 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!


  • Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including business related issues?

photo credits this page: Flat Iron Grill (City of Issaquah)