Restaurant Openings – new guidance, orders from the state of Washington

5/12/20

From the Seattle Times, Stephanie Loh

With eight Washington counties now approved to move to Phase 2 under Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen the state, the governor’s office Monday released a set of requirements restaurants will have to comply with if they want to reopen for dine-in service.

Stevens, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Columbia, Garfield and Lincoln counties have all been cleared for Phase 2, which allows restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity, and caps table sizes at five.

Notably, the 13 criteria that restaurants will have to adhere to in order to reopen for dine-in service during the novel coronavirus pandemic include a stipulation they “create a daily log of customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in.”

This is to aid in any contact tracing, should that become necessary.

Under other Phase 2 rules, hand sanitizer must be available to employees and customers;  restaurant tables must be placed far enough apart that guests at one table can maintain 6-foot distance from guests at another; it is “strongly suggested” customers wear a cloth face covering any time they are not seated at the table; buffets and salad bars are not allowed; and menus and condiments must all be single-use. Bar seating is not permitted.

In addition, restaurants are required to screen employees for signs of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, at the start of every shift.

Each employer also needs to designate a COVID-19 supervisor to monitor the health of employees and enforce the job site safety plan.

The state mandates that all restaurants demonstrate they can meet all requirements laid out in its COVID-19 safety plan before they will be allowed to reopen.

Facemasks Orders Starting May 18th – King County Public Health Announcement

5/12/20

A major new announcement was made on Monday, May 11th by public health officials in King County that beginning next Monday (May 18) most residents will be directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. This is an essential act which will protect those most in danger of contracting the virus and ultimately slow its spread. 

This means residents must wear a face covering at any indoor or outdoor public space where we may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live in our homes. A face covering is not needed if we are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outdoors and able to maintain the six-foot distancing guidelines. 

Here are some of the places where we are being strongly urged to wear face coverings: 

• Buses, light rail, and other forms of public transportation.

• Stores that sell food and beverages, including grocery stores, pharmacies, corner stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, and big box stores that sell groceries.

• Retail stores, including convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair shops, hardware and home improvement stores, garden stores that sell supplies for growing food, office supply stores, and home appliance stores. 

• Restaurant take-out and food businesses. Employees who prepare, carry out, and deliver food must wear masks.

• Cannabis, tobacco, and vapor shops and stores that sell dietary supplements. 

Health officers want to stress that they are asking us to wearing face coverings. Do not use medical masks. Wear fabric face coverings, such as cloth face masks, scarves, and bandanas. It is important to save medical-grade surgical masks and N95 respirators for healthcare workers and people who have special health needs. 

Some people do not need to follow this directive, including:

• Children ages 2 years and younger. Babies and toddlers under age two should never wear cloth face coverings. Children between 2 and 12 should only wear a face covering if a parent or caregiver supervises to make sure it’s worn safely.

• Anyone with a disability that makes it hard for them to wear or remove a face covering. 

• Anyone who is deaf and moves their face and mouth to communicate. 

• Anyone who has been advised by a medical professional to not wear a face covering because of personal health issues. 

• Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or unable to remove the face covering without help. 

Individuals are strongly urged to do their part by wearing masks as outlined in this new Directive. There is no criminal, civil, or financial penalty for failing to wear a face covering in these settings, but we owe it to one another. 

Businesses and individuals must continue to follow all existing COVID-19 orders from the Local Health Officer, Governor, or other local, state, or federal regulatory agencies, and any other relevant local, state, or federal civil rights laws. In addition, businesses are required to post signage advising individuals to wear face coverings on the premises. Businesses can download a sign that can be used for this purpose at http://www.kingcounty.gov/masks.

Restaurant Openings – new guidance, orders from the state of Washington

From the Seattle Times, Stephanie Loh

With eight Washington counties now approved to move to Phase 2 under Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen the state, the governor’s office Monday released a set of requirements restaurants will have to comply with if they want to reopen for dine-in service.

Stevens, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Columbia, Garfield and Lincoln counties have all been cleared for Phase 2, which allows restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity, and caps table sizes at five.

Notably, the 13 criteria that restaurants will have to adhere to in order to reopen for dine-in service during the novel coronavirus pandemic include a stipulation they “create a daily log of customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in.”

This is to aid in any contact tracing, should that become necessary.

Under other Phase 2 rules, hand sanitizer must be available to employees and customers;  restaurant tables must be placed far enough apart that guests at one table can maintain 6-foot distance from guests at another; it is “strongly suggested” customers wear a cloth face covering any time they are not seated at the table; buffets and salad bars are not allowed; and menus and condiments must all be single-use. Bar seating is not permitted.

In addition, restaurants are required to screen employees for signs of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, at the start of every shift.

Each employer also needs to designate a COVID-19 supervisor to monitor the health of employees and enforce the job site safety plan.

The state mandates that all restaurants demonstrate they can meet all requirements laid out in its COVID-19 safety plan before they will be allowed to reopen.

Work Hard, Work Smart, Work Safe Timely Resources, New Surveys *

These unprecedented times have been challenging to all of our Magnolia Chamber of Commerce members. However, we’re immensely proud of our members for helping our community succeed, from staying in business during this tough time, to shopping local, to donating meals to essential employees, to sewing masks, to creatively doing business online and using social media to share your latest information. Because of you, we will truly #KeepMagnoliaMighty.

We are your partner.

We know that as member businesses start to ready themselves for re-opening or further modifing business operations, you will need plenty of PPE, sanitizer, etc.

But we want to learn more.

We are cordially asking you to participate in another Magnolia Chamber survey, which we will launch early next week, May 11-15. Our last survey was shared with our local elected federal, state, county and city officials. We are dialoguing with our elected officials on a regular basis right now. We want to hear from you again so we can share how public health and economic policies are affecting you, our Magnolia business community.

We want to learn more about your re-opening plans in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start Washington” efforts. We will be asking you questions regarding your business operations, how will you be accessing the PPE and sanitizing resources you need, what are your concerns with safety guidelines, and seeking updates on how you have been impacted over the last month. We will then use this information to be your unabashed advocate in ensuring policies are being responsive to your experiences in running a business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know many of you are anxious to reopen your doors per the requirements set by the state’s “Safe Start Washington” plan – a four phased approach to reopening Washington’s economy. To ensure the safety of Magnolians and to help you navigate the new normal, we are sharing tips to assist in keeping you, your employees, your customers, and the general public safe. We are including recommendations and guidelines that have been developed by the CDC and other federal, state, and local agencies. This resource will be updated as this fluid situation changes, and we receive other publicly available guidance from local, state, and federal government.

Though we all wish to return to our regular lives, we must be prudent and take the necessary precautions during this time. The publicly available guidance provided below is consistent with the Governor’s phased in approach to ensure enough incubation time between phases plus the. time to compile disease data and monitor trends. Sadly, the virus is still in the Seattle area and we still have new cases every day. The guidelines are curated to help you safely serve your customers and accommodate your employees as the state re-opens using the Governor’s plan of action.

Thank you for your support as we all. continue to navigate through this pandemic. We’ll continue to persevere because we are better together.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES & CUSTOMERS Employee + Customer Protection = Work Hard, Work Smart, Work Safe

Employ Personal Protective Equipment – PPE:

  • Employees should wear PPE when possible.

  • Customers should consider using face coverings while in public consistent with current guidelines.

Employ Social Distancing:

  • Practice sensible social distancing, maintaining six feet between co-workers.

  • All persons in the store will be required to maintain a social distance of at least six feet between each other. Sales registers should be at least six feet apart.

  • The number of people inside the store will be limited to 50% of fire marshal capacity or 8 people per 1,000 square feet.

  • When possible, open all non-essential doors to reduce the need for direct contact.

  • Stores with higher traffic will mark spaces 6 feet apart at the sales registers and outside the entrance to the store.

Manage Health of Employees:

  • Employees who have a fever or are otherwise exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not be allowed to work.

  • A sign should be posted on the store that individuals who have a fever, cough or any sign of sickness should not enter.

  • Employees should avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – Do NOT shake hands.

  • Employees should be required to take reasonable steps to comply with guidelines on sanitation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington Department of Health.

  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns to you, the employer.

Provide Sanitary Conditions:

  • Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.

  • Train workers in proper hygiene practices.

  • Sanitize any high-traffic areas, such as doorknobs, counters, etc.

  • Customers should be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the store.

Conduct Smart/Safe Monetary Transactions:

  • Limit cash handling.

  • Encourage customers to use credit/debit cards, tap to pay, Venmo, PayPal or another form of contact-less payment.

  • Sanitize point of sale equipment after each use, including pens.

  • Provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at register locations.

We are better together.

We will #KeepMagnoliaMighty and be your advocate in the weeks ahead. Thank you in advance for participating in next week’s Magnolia business climate survey. We have received appreciation from our elected leaders because we are sharing data and helpful information about you – our members. Your experiences, impacts, and needs must be shared with policy makers. It will help shape plans and programs moving forward.

Kroger, Inc. offers publicly available BluePrint for Businesses resources, guidance, best practices.

Earlier this week, Kroger, Inc. has posted a blue print for businesses based on what they have learned about operating in response to the COVID-19. Kroger wants to share their experiences and best practices with other businesses, so you can take steps now to develop protocols and procedures to reopen safely and continue to flatten the curve. Sharing What We’ve Learned: A Blueprint for Businesses is reportedly the first installment of timely, proven-effective information that includes recommendations, insights, best practices and downloadable creative assets to help businesses navigate the next phase of this unprecedented pandemic.

Kroger will continue to update the Blueprint in the coming days and weeks, providing additional resources, tools and templates for other industries to leverage. We will be posting on this website as the blueprint has received high praise from public health officials in its effectiveness. Kudos to Kroger for sharing best practices during this critical phase in the pandemic response.

Citywide Survey. Please participate. Gaining insights essential in weeks ahead.

The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Greater Seattle Partners, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today released the second round of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. The first round of the survey was open March 18 – 31 and saw over 5,000 total respondents—over 2,000 of which were businesses in Seattle.

The first round of the survey established baseline profile data of the businesses, nonprofits and independent workers in the Seattle region, captured the initial impact COVID-19 had on businesses, nonprofits, and independent workers in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, and documented real-time concerns people had in an evolving environment.

Round two of the survey will build upon the initial survey questions to measure potential changes over time, seek to further understand operational changes business have implemented since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluate the impact private and public funding have had on businesses’ ability to stay afloat.

Governor Orders for Phased-In Reopening Washington State

As expected, Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Friday, May 1 that Washington’s stay-home order to curb the coronavirus spread has been extended through May 31. Also on Friday, Governor Inslee unveiled a four-phase plan that state officials will adhere to as they try to navigate the reopening of businesses in Washington.

Inslee noted that each phase will run for a minimum of three weeks to give officials time to evaluate whether it’s safe to move to the next level. He conceded that it’s possible the four-phase timeline could be accelerated if “we catch some massive break because of climatic conditions or because a cure is found.” But, “We can’t count on that,” Inslee reported.

Based on that rough timetable, here’s the best-case scenario of when to expect various attractions and amenities to reopen.

Phase 1 — expected to begin in early May 

What’s allowed:

  • Some outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking). Note that camping is still not allowed and state campsites remain closed.

  • “Drive-in” spiritual services with one household per vehicle

  • Only essential travel

  • Essential businesses

  • Existing construction that meets agreed-upon criteria

  • Landscaping

  • Car sales

  • Retail — only curbside pickup.

  • Car washes

  • Pet walkers

Phase 2 — earliest expected date based on current data trends: May 25

What will be allowed:

  • All outdoor recreation involving fewer than five people outside your household. Camping and beaches are expected to reopen.

  • Gatherings with no more than five people outside your household

  • Limited nonessential travel within proximity of home

  • All remaining manufacturing businesses

  • New construction

  • In home/domestic services such as nannies, house cleaning

  • Retail — in-store purchases allowed with some restrictions.

  • Real estate

  • Office-based businesses. Telework remains strongly encouraged.

  • Barbers, hair and nail salons

  • Restaurants — must operate at under 50% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of five.

Phase 3 — earliest expected date based on current data trends: June 15

What will be allowed:

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities — capped at groups of 50 people.

  • Recreational facilities such as public pools — operating at less than 50% capacity

  • All gatherings capped at 50 people

  • Nonessential travel can resume

  • Restaurants can operate at up to 75% capacity, with table sizes capped at parties of 10

  • Bars at under 25% capacity

  • Indoor gyms at under 50% capacity

  • Movie theaters at under 50% capacity

  • Government offices open. Telework remains strongly encouraged.

  • Libraries

  • Museums

  • All other businesses other than nightclubs and events with more than 50 people.

Phase 4 — earliest expected date based on current data trends: July 6

What will be allowed: 

  • Public interactions will be allowed to resume, though physical distancing should still be observed.

  • All recreational activity can resume

  • Gatherings of more than 50 people can resume

  • Nightclubs

  • Concert venues

  • Large sporting events

On Wednesday, May 6th, Governor Inslee announced three “Safe Star”t advisory groups that will focus on health systems and public health, social support, and economic readiness. Each advisory group will operate like a forum, offering community leaders, labor, business, and nonprofit sectors to advise the governor’s office and state agencies as they determine Washington’s next steps.

Advisory groups will report out to local elected officials and the legislature to provide updates on progress and the status of the State’s efforts. The three community leader advisory groups will be led by state cabinet officials:

  • Public Health and Health Care System, led by Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman, will look at broadening testing efforts, preparing for a second wave and preparing for treatment or vaccine distribution.

  • Safe Work and Economic Recovery, led by Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown, will advise on recovery plans, guidance for maintaining health standards during re-opening and assistance to Washington’s workforce.

  • Social Supports, led by Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Cheryl Strange, will offer perspectives on the increasing need for social services because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including food security and safe shelter and housing. It will look at recovery through an equity lens to defend the state’s most vulnerable and make sure that every Washingtonian is part of the recovery.

Advocacy based on COVID-19 Business Response Survey

Between April 9 through April 22nd, many of the Chamber membership participated in our COVID-19 Business Response Survey. We gathered the most pertinent of responses that will help inform public policy in response to the pandemic and “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” orders and  sent the results to our elected officials. The same letter was individually addressed to Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis, King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, the 36th District Legislators including Senator Reuven Carlyle, Gael Tarleton, and Noel Frame, and U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jaypal. If you don’t have access to Adobe, please either request an emailed copy to the letter by emailing information@discovermagnolia.org or read below to access additional information.

Our survey was designed to help capture the array of businesses in the various business districts throughout Magnolia. We also aimed to capture the kind of impacts our business are experiencing due to the pandemic and response. In addition, we were seeking what relief measures are the most effective and what is most desired by our businesses. Some of the key findings included:

  • The vast majority of survey-responding businesses are very small; most responders were either sole proprietor or up to 10 employees (81%). In addition, the vast majority of survey responders earned $1 million dollars or less (90%).

  • Responders report that the period between March 1st and June 30th represents approximately 25-50% of their annual income earnings. 75% report significant disruptions to cash flow.

  • The impacts of the COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” orders mostly affect the ability of Magnolia businesses to serve customers and sell products/services, earn revenue, secure workforce, and access capital. One responder offered this qualitative assessment of the issues they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis:

“No clear path to the end. What will “re-opening” look like. I will run out of cash by the end of April. There seems to be limited answers, availability specifically as it relates to small biz’s that have been forced to close their doors like restaurants and fitness facilities. There will be a minimum of 90 days once we reopen to then go back and “re-sell” packages we’ve had to cancel or cannot service currently.”

  • In answering what kind of public/private responses to the COVID-19 crisis have been most effective, a relatively high percentage say receiving information/guidance from a third-party source are the most effective; organizations like banks, chambers of commerce, and peers (40%). Second highest in effectiveness was receiving information from trade associations.

  • In a strong majority, survey responders said direct grants are the most helpful for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 response (86%) 

    Least helpful are loans from private sector entities (85%)

  • We share one of the qualitative response regarding the importance of local, state, and federal government working together to avoid long-term negative impacts to small businesses in Magnolia:

“It will depend on the general public, severity of COVID-19, availability of possible treatments and vaccines, and a host of other things out of my control. Will my clients and athletes feel safe coming back into the gym environment? Remains to be seen, and the lack of clear messages from local, state and federal gov’t makes this extremely challenging.”

Based on these responses, we asked for the following on behalf of our members:

  • Coordination, Collaboration, Cooperation. It is imperative that all levels of government work together. We appreciate this can be easier said than done and we applaud the close working relationships between the city of Seattle, King County, and the state of Washington during the COVID-19 crisis. Working together seems ever more important as the state considers lifting stay home orders. The need for cooperation, collaboration and coordination between federal, local and state governments is essential to balance the need to open back up Magnolia small businesses while also keeping residents and the community safe from the pandemic. We look forward to continued efforts to address this critical balancing act and being a positive partner.

  • Federal Relief Programs. We continue to advocate for all levels of government to prioritize essential funding for the federal Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program at the Small Business Administration. These programs must grant broad eligibility and allow for extended timelines for the Magnolia business community to meet the appropriate requirements to receive this assistance. We also strongly encourage city and state government to take actions to reduce impacts to small businesses, while recognizing you are dealing with your own loss of revenues and increased demands on services.

To see the full results of the survey, please click here

4/23/20 Crime Prevention Zoom Workshop – featuring Barb Biondo, Seattle Police Department

The Magnolia Chamber was pleased to host Barb Biondo, the Crime Prevention Specialist for the West Precinct for a Zoom workshop on April 23rd. Thank you to all of our workshop participants. Great give and take and Q&A made for a helpful and informative forum.

The workshop focused on the following topics:

  • Learning about SPD crime prevention programs and services available to small business and West Precinct communities like Magnolia

  • Exploring opportunities to engage with community policing programs and services that assist businesses in the West Precinct

  • Discussing how best to protect your business and community against burglary and property crimes

  • Building better, working relationships between the Magnolia businesses, community and SPD

Ms. Biondo’s slides were chock full of tips, important crime prevention information and services, contact names and links. Please access here – great resources and must-have contacts for every Magnolia business. Watch the Zoom workshop in its entirety – click here and please use the access password: 9i*M0z*0

Prep for Additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding

During this interim time between PPP appropriations – the U.S. House is expected to vote today, April 23rd following the U.S. Senate’s vote – small businesses can continue to work with their lenders on possible future PPP options.

The best way to find a PPP lender is to start with your existing bank or lending institution. If they don’t plan to offer PPP loans should more funding become available, businesses can search online for eligible PPP lenders or contact their local SBA district office.

Three things you can do today include:

Explore other funding options

Since funding continues to be a top need for small businesses, traditional SBA lending programs – ranging from $500 to $5.5 million – are still an option for small business. Plus, the SBA is automatically paying the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months; and, on new loans issued prior to September 27, 2020. The SBA also offers Express Bridge Loans which enable small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Create a business plan for now and life after COVID-19

The SBA Resource Partner Network – which includes Small Business Development Centers, SCORE Mentors and Women’s Business Centers – has experienced business advisers who are guiding businesses through this crisis and helping them plan what their business will look like on the other side of this outbreak. SBA Resource Partners provide business resiliency readiness webinars and virtual one-on-one advising at no-cost to small businesses.

Connect with local, state and federal resources

Government at all levels are doing all they can to support small businesses during this difficult time. Visit your local city, county or borough’s website for resources along with the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska state government websites. Also look into additional federal resources for small businesses, like tax relief from the IRS, scam alerts from the FTC, and USDA funding relief for agriculture businesses.

Governor Inslee – plan for lifting restrictions to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order

On Tuesday, April 21st, Governor Jay Inslee unveiled his plan for lifting restrictions imposed by the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The recovery plan, and the easing of social distancing, is contingent on sustained containment and decrease of COVID-19 cases in Washington State. The plan consists of three main goals: 

·      Protect the Health and Safety of Washingtonians 

·      Facilitate a Safe Start and Transition to Economic Recovery 

·      Support All People and Communities

These three goals overlap with the phases in place to return to a sense of normalcy. For details, please see below:   

SAFE RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE IN WASHINGTON STATE – Governor Jay Inslee 

1)    Protect the Health and Safety of Washingtonians 

A.    This first step aims to protect the health of Washingtonians by establishing a robust testing capacity for everyone with symptoms and identifying who they have been in contact with. Considerations in this phase involve: 

i)      Providing wide-scale, rapid testing; identification of those who have been exposed; isolation and quarantining individuals who have been exposed; and treating those who have COVID-19 

ii)     Protection of the most vulnerable by continuing to practice physical distancing; providing PPE screening and testing for health care workers; and ensuring enough protective supplies for the public 

iii)    Equipping the health care system with surge capacity capable of meeting the needs of a second wave; the collection of data and information to monitor COVID-19 in real time; and preparing for treatments and vaccines 

2)    Facilitate a Safe Start and Transition to Economic Recovery 

A.    Economic recovery efforts will require a safe start and healthy workforce. Continued physical distancing, teleworking, and other measures will be necessary as a phase-in approach to work takes place. Considerations in this phase involve: 

i)      Getting People Back to Work through a phased-in approach that implements thoughtful physical distancing and other public health requirements. Worksites will implement requirements for employers and workers to frequently wash hands and sanitize surfaces. Some measures may even include the construction of barriers and modifications to keep employees, customers, and the public safe

ii)     Preparing for a “Safe Start” involves learning from best practices of other businesses as safety standards evolve. Small businesses will likely need assistance with preparedness for new safety standards. Both rural and urban communities will be approached based on data to determine support needed by sector and region 

iii)   Getting to economic recovery will require public, private, and philanthropic partnerships to invest in communities across the state. Investments in infrastructure and innovation will help with this effort. A consideration to be made in this step will be pathways to make it easier for workers to find new jobs through training and upskilling. Increasing job creation capacity with tools small businesses will need to get back to work and promote supply chain resiliency. 

3)    Support all People and Communities  

A.    The state is looking at a landscape where the pandemic will have affected each person in some kind of way. To build capacity to support Washingtonians the Governor has laid out the following guidelines for phase three:  

i)      Increasing Social and Emotional Supports by building capacity as there is an increased need for substance use, mental, and behavioral health services. Providing services to communities that have disproportionately affected by the pandemic will be necessary to push through recovery 

ii)     Providing Food and Housing Security. The state will need to secure food and housing for people who no longer have the financial means to provide for themselves. Building sustainable food supply chains will be critical in responding. Working with local farms and industry to guarantee this will provide economic as well as social assistance. Assistance will also be extended to those experiencing, or about to experience, homelessness by helping to find temporary and permanent housing. Support will also be provided to people so they can remain in their existing homes. 

iii)   Offer Education and Child Care supports. There will be a need to provide school districts, teachers, and students with resources to better facilitate distance learning while also providing academic and social-emotional support for students. The COVID-19 pandemic will also require additional education resources to prevent educational disparities for students of color, English language learners, students with individualized education plans, students in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, students who are homeless, and those who have not had the same preschool or distance learning opportunities. 

iv)   Promotion of child-care for unemployed parents returning to work or seeking employment opportunities.