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Reopening Guidance

Temporary Closure of Retail Food Establishment

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers: On May 4th, 2020 Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-25.3 and outlined the “Safe Start” plan, a phased approach to re-open Washington’s economy. Under the plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures & health standards in place. Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry.

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.

  • June 3, 2020 Weekly Update: TheSafe Start plan will open economic activity based on local public healthconditions. The new dashboard illustrates a county-level picture of local conditions andreadiness to reopen. Keymetrics in Phase advancement are disease activity, testing capacity, healthcaresystem readiness, case investigations, and danger to high-risk populations. Additional Resources: Small Business Requirements and Resources Webinar by the state’s Small Business Liaison Team, where to submit questions on workplace safety, Safe Start phases, relief programs, paid sick leave, unemployment, and more.
  • May 20, 2020 Weekly Update: The Employment Security Department (ESD) has detected a dramatic rise in imposter fraud, the Employment Security Department has published Employer FAQ and Worker FAQ to address common questions as businesses resume operations, and new, expanded criteria may allow 10 more counties to reopen on an accelerated schedule. Adams, Spokane, Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Clark, Clallam, Kitsap, Island, and San Juan counties are eligible to apply for county variances under the expanded criteria.
  • May 13, 2020 Weekly Update: Guidance for phases, 8 counties jump to Phase 2 in "Safe Start" Reopen Process, new Contact Tracing Initiative announced, fraudulent unemployment claims are on the rise 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.

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  • Employment Security Department
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: Paid Sick Leave
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