KEEP YOUR SMALL BUSINESSES SAFE AND COMPLIANT!

The Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) issued a new Director’s Rule that goes into effect immediately. The Rule requires City of Seattle businesses to comply with health and safety guidelines outlined in the Washington Secretary of Health’s Order 20-03 Face Coverings and the Governor’s Proclamation 20-25.6

“Today the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) issued a new Director’s Rule that goes into effect immediately. The Rule requires City of Seattle businesses to comply with health and safety guidelines outlined in the Washington Secretary of Health’s Order 20-03 Face Coverings and the Governor’s Proclamation 20-25.6.

 The guidelines, and the Rule, require every person in a business establishment to wear a protective face covering over their nose and mouth. Businesses must also comply with physical distancing, applicable guidelines and other personal protective behaviors required by the Governor’s statewide order. Violation of the statewide order is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $100 fine. Businesses with repeated and/or egregious offenses may also face additional penalties for violating the Finance and Administrative Services Director’s Rule, including immediate suspension of their business license and criminal charges punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 We understand that this is a particularly difficult time for businesses, which is why we’re making every effort possible to focus on outreach and education with our business community. Seattle businesses, like yours, are partners in this work and can help ensure patrons and employees stay safe and healthy. We have produced a flyer in English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, Korean, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), highlighting the Washington Secretary of Health’s Order and the Governor’s Proclamation. The flyer may be found at http://www.seattle.gov/business-regulations/business-and-restaurant-requirements-during-covid-19

 Thank you for doing your part in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City of Seattle has a COVID-19 Resources for Community page found at www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19.

 

If you have any questions, please call 206-684-2489 or visit www.seattle.gov/business-regulations/business-and-restaurant-requirements-during-covid-19.  For in-language interpretation, or business support contact the Office of Economic Development (OED) at 206-684-8090. “

PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND OTHER RESOURCES

King County is poised to support businesses through phased reopening. Many of you may already be connected with these resources, but want to make sure you have the information.

Access to PPE:

  • If businesses need support accessing PPE (masks and sanitizer) they can receive an allotment of PPE from King County with pickups throughout the county – http://www.safestartkingcounty.com/
  • If a neighborhood business district organization want to distribute PPE to neighborhood businesses, you can request bulk PPE to distribute through the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the local business contact working with King County. Requests must be made in quantities of 25 and pick up can be arranged in SODO.
    Contact Michael McIntyre at michael@casecampaigns.com.

Public Health Posters:

  • OIS is using a little budget to do a bulk buy of Public Health posters to distribute through neighborhood business districts since we have heard this is a need. Please let me know if you are interested and roughly how many you would need for your district.

Thanks for all you are doing. Let us know if you need anything else, or if there are some gaps you are seeing in support for businesses to reopen safely. Reminder reopening toolkits are available here – http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19/covid-19-reopening and other resources are listed in our weekly newsletter. Businesses can also contact OED with questions or for assistance at 206-684-8090 (interpretation available).

Central Area Residents do you need help with your home electricity bill? Cal (206) 727-8400

Seattle City Light and the City Light Customer Advocacy team are asking residents to contact them for assistance. Seattle City Light is here to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic and will not shut off your power for non-payment during this emergency

PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND OTHER RESOURCES

King County is poised to support businesses through phased reopening. Many of you may already be connected with these resources, but want to make sure you have the information.

Access to PPE:

  • If businesses need support accessing PPE (masks and sanitizer) they can receive an allotment of PPE from King County with pickups throughout the county – http://www.safestartkingcounty.com/
  • If a neighborhood business district organization want to distribute PPE to neighborhood businesses, you can request bulk PPE to distribute through the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the local business contact working with King County. Requests must be made in quantities of 25 and pick up can be arranged in SODO.
    Contact Michael McIntyre at michael@casecampaigns.com.

Public Health Posters:

  • OIS is using a little budget to do a bulk buy of Public Health posters to distribute through neighborhood business districts since we have heard this is a need. Please let me know if you are interested and roughly how many you would need for your district.

Thanks for all you are doing. Let us know if you need anything else, or if there are some gaps you are seeing in support for businesses to reopen safely. Reminder reopening toolkits are available here – http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19/covid-19-reopening and other resources are listed in our weekly newsletter. Businesses can also contact OED with questions or for assistance at 206-684-8090 (interpretation available).

Central Area Residents do you need help with your home electricity bill? Cal (206) 727-8400

Seattle City Light and the City Light Customer Advocacy team are asking residents to contact them for assistance. Seattle City Light is here to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic and will not shut off your power for non-payment during this emergency

What Modified Phase One Means to You

On Friday, Governor Jay Inslee announced updates to the Safe Start Washington reopening plan which includes a modified Phase One allowing certain activities to resume.  King County Executive Dow Constantine confirmed that the County will apply for modified Phase One this Monday, June 1st. Please read the Mayor’s full statement here .  A few details about the modified Phase One include:

  • Restaurants can open with no indoor service and outdoor service allowed at 50% seating capacity if previously permitted to do so
  • In store retail operations can open at 15% capacity with customer services limited to 30 minutes
  • Personal services can operate at 25% of building capacity

You can find the full breakdown of modified Phase One here.

 

The Mayor’s Office and OED will continue to amplify information from the State and make materials accessible and in multiple languages as soon as possible.  You can also visit the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) website for additional reopening guidance.  The OED website will also continue to provide links and resource information including

Legal Support in the Community

The Central Area Collaborative proudly shares the following resources available to all businesses.

 

Communities Rise has expanded their capacity to serve small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 through their COVID-19 virtual Legal, Grant Writing and Fundraising Clinics.  Please help us get the word out about our new services to the communities you work in.  Feel free to cut and paste the following information. 

 

Covid-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic:

Small businesses and nonprofits will get to meet with a lawyer for a free 60-minute legal consultation by phone or video conference (client preference). Clinic appointments are scheduled at a time that is convenient for the client and attorney. After the client applies for services, we will match them with a lawyer, and the lawyer will call them to schedule your appointment. We have created this new and expanded clinic system to handle a high volume of COVID-19 related requests. Interpretation is available in a variety of languages.

 

We are reaching out to businesses and organizations less likely to access legal support services and those who have been left out of mainstream supports to date. Specifically, Communities Rise is conducting outreach to black, indigenous, communities of color and other marginalized communities. 

 

For more information about our Covid-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic:

https://communities-rise.org/news/free-covid-19-legal-clinic-launch-announcement/  

 

 Legal Tools to Support Small Businesses and Nonprofits Navigate the Impact of Covid-19

  • Short instructional videos that walk through the PPP and EIDL loan applications with accompanying updates and supplemental materials.
  • Lease Amendment Toolkit and video.  We are creating a Lease Amendment Toolkit for small businesses and nonprofits to navigate renegotiating their leases.  (Coming soon to our website)
  • Legal Alerts to let community know about the changing laws and federal and state resources.

 

Grant Writing, Fundraising and other Capacity Building needs.

Communities Rise is also offering free grant writing and fundraising clinic appointments at this time. Join us at the grant writing clinic for an hour long appointment to learn about general grant writing resources, how to approach grant writing, and tips for searching for grants. This appointment often includes multiple organizations, and operates as a grant writing 101 workshop! We also offer 30 minute 1-on-1 appointments that allow you to review and get feedback on an LOI, proposal, or other grant-related document. For our fundraising clinic, we offer 90 minute appointments from where you can work directly with a fundraising expert on exploring donor mapping, working on plans for a fundraising event, or other fundraising issues.

If the clients have other capacity building needs, we are asking them to please let us know what they need help with and we will try to find them resources.

 

To request capacity building support: https://communities-rise.org/covid-19-resources/covid-support/

THE COLLABORATIVE IN THE COMMUNITY

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and impending National, State and Local level guidance, the Central Area Collaborative, looked to provide emergency grants to Central Area Neighborhood small businesses. The Central Area Collaborative sponsored 10 grants of $500, for the local neighborhood small businesses. While local and state leaders looked to figure out the best way to receive and disburse potential federal funding, the Central Area Collaborative’s Community Navigator, Gavin Amos, along with leadership council member Heyward Watson went out and provided much needed immediate relief in the form of $500.00 grants.

If you would like to help the Central Area Collaborative by donating funds that will be used to continue providing the $500.00 grants please use the link below.

HOW TO APPLY TO THE SBA GRANT

Please watch the video produced by the U District Partnership, which explains how to fill out the SBA application for the grant.

The Central Area Collaboratives new Community Navigator, Gavin Amos has diligently been checking in on the small businesses within the Central Area Neighborhoods. Gavin is providing the link between the small businesses, their landlords and city, state and national programs. His role is helping to keep information and resources flowing during this pandemic. 

Check out the link. Gavin wrote this article

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