Guidance and resources for employers and business owners.
On May 29, Gov. Jay Inslee released an updated, county-by-county based “Safe Start” reopening plan for resuming recreational, social and business activities.
Businesses are not authorized to open until that business is able to meet all safety criteria. As counties and industries reopen under the “Safe Start” plan, business and worker guidance will be posted to the Governor’s website.
L&I is for workplace safety and rights for workers. They will also serve as an enforcement arm of Safe Start restrictions.
ESD is offering relief to affected workers and information to businesses statewide that may help them employ and retain their workers.
DOH is a primary source for data on the coronavirus and guidance to slow the spread, as well as additional information for employers, non-profits, service providers and others.
State agencies have been working with federal agencies, employers and workers to support businesses and workers affected by COVID-19.
Guidance for keeping you and your workers safe.
Businesses that can operate using telework should continue to do so. For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the Governor’s Office has provided guidance on what businesses are essential, building on the federal government’s and California’s definition of "essential critical infrastructure workers."
Business owners and operators who have questions about financial assistance, return to work and other general inquiries can use our General Business and Return to Work Inquiry form to ask our Business Response Center team for answers. First, visit the frequently asked questions for businesses page to see if your question or concern is already addressed. If you're unable to find an answer, please submit your question through our form.
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has information about insurance coverage businesses need to protect themselves from potential losses.
Guidance from OIC for businesses about keeping employees on their health insurance plans.
For information employers can share with employees about the health insurance options available through Washington Healthplanfinder (includes free and low cost options for those who will be losing or have recently lost their employer sponsored coverage), please visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Coronavirus FAQ Page.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE offers small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The Washington Small Business Development Center COVID-19 related information and resources.
Visit business.wa.gov to learn about resources available for your business.
Cities and counties are the places we live and the governments closest to people. They are taking extraordinary measures to protect their residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This web page supports those efforts by providing information about federal and state funds as they become available to local programs to provide assistance for families, businesses and communities.