Business Resources

Temporary Closure of Retail Food Establishment

Planning Guidance for Food Service Establishments

Guidance for Food Establishments During the Temporary Closure

Business and Workers- weekly update newsletter: The state Economic and Resiliency Team has launched a weekly newsletter to provide news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The newsletter provides information on unemployment insurance, the announcement of a Business Response Center to answer general business inquiries around financial help, information about the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program, and more.

  • May 6, 2020 Weekly Update: Governor Jay Inslee on Monday announced the state’s Safe Start plan, a four-phase approach to re-opening Washington’s economy.The state is currently in Phase 1, which includes drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle, auto/RV/boat/ORV sales, retail open for curb-side pick-up orders, car washes, landscaping, and pet walking.
  • April 29, 2020 Weekly Update: Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the state’s first steps to ease certain COVID-19 restrictions including allowing certain low-risk construction projects to restart and allowing the partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities.
  • April 22, 2020 Weekly Update: Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday laid out his vision for the eventual safe return to public life amid the COVID-19 outbreak.The governor in his address described the state’s approach for the gradual return to public life. Depending on health projections for the spread of the virus, some distancing restrictions may be in place for weeks or months to come, he said.
  • April 15, 2020 Weekly Update: More than 170,000 new jobless claims were filed in the state for the week ending April 4 – seven times the peak during the height of the Great Recession. Unemployment checks from the state are going to workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in record time with an estimated $150 million in benefits paid since the crisis began.

For Businesses

Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery (PDF)

  • On page 4 of "Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery," there is a business checklist (PDF), which is a great starting point for businesses as they prepare for a Safe Start.


Financial Information

For Employees

  • Employment Security Department
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: Paid Sick Leave
  • Did you get your Federal Stimulus? The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees. 

    • Some scammers are trying to take advantage of people. Remember—the government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. For more information:

Employee Grants