Reopening Your Business

UPDATE 3/22/2021: Washington state is now in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. Significant changes include the ability for restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters to operate indoor service at 50% occupancy (400 people maximum). Click here to see what is open in Phase 3.

For the most up to date industry-specific guidance, visit the Governor’s website.

  • Healthy Washington Reopening Plan

    What is Healthy Washington?

    Healthy Washington is the phased reopening plan for Washington state. The plan took effect on January 11, 2021. On March 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the plan will transition from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process.

    How do I know which phase I am in?

    King County along with the rest of the state entered Phase 3 on March 22, 2021.

    When can a county move to another phase?

    Certain metrics and thresholds help determine if it is safe for a county to enter into a new phase of reopening. Counties will be individually evaluated every three weeks. The first evaluation is scheduled for April 12.

    For a overview of the metrics used for measuring a county’s progress, visit

  • Improving Ventilation and 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.





Pivoting Your Business

  • 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!

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.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • COVID-19 Supply Resources for Employers (Business Health Trust)

      Business Health Trust has compiled a list of supplies that are available for members to purchase from member companies throughout Washington.

    • Hazardous Waste Management Program (King County)

      King County’s Hazardous Waste Management Program offers a voucher incentive program for eligible businesses to purchase PPE and make other improvements. Eligible businesses can receive up to $599 cash back for these improvements.

    • Masks & Face Coverings(City of Seattle)

      Seattle Protects is a resource offered by the City of Seattle that provides links to vendors for purchasing face coverings in bulk for a business or organization.

    • PPE Marketplace (AWB)

      The PPE Marketplace is a resource offered by the Association of Washington Businesses that connects businesses with manufacturers that supply PPE.

    • PPE and Other Supplies

      Organizations whose lines of business are included state guidance are eligible to order personal protective equipment from King County Office of Emergency Management when it cannot be obtained from other sources, and if the organization ordering the supplies is making efforts to limit the quantities of PPE it uses.

  • 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.


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