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
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
Existing construction that meets agreed-upon criteria
Retail — only curbside pickup.
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
In home/domestic services such as nannies, house cleaning
Retail — in-store purchases allowed with some restrictions.
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.
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
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.
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.
U.S Congress to Vote 4/21 – 4/23
Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package – Focus on Small Business
Congress has reportedly reached an agreement on the fourth stimulus and relief package to assist Americans impacted by the COVID-19 response measures. Votes on the new package are expected as early as this afternoon, April 21st in the Senate and Thursday, April 23rd in the House of Representatives.
The vote will appropriate nearly $500 billion and become the fourth COVID-19 virus-related bill rushed through Congress in just two months.
The new package would amount to roughly $470 billion in new spending, with $370 billion directed to small businesses, $75 billion going to hospitals, and $25 billion set aside for testing, which has been deemed critical to getting the U.S. back open for business. Specific to small businesses, the new measure reportedly devotes an additional $310 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by last month’s Cares Act that was initially funded $349 billion. It has since run out of funds.
There are several workshops that are being held later this week and based on the anticipation of relief appropriations, could be of interest to our Chamber members. Please click below to access additional information and registration instructions:
Zoom Workshop April 23rd, 1:00 pm
Crime Fighting Facts, Tips, and Building Relationships during COVID-19 Response
Join the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and Seattle Police Department West Precinct’s Barb Biondo, Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Magnolia neighborhood on Thursday, April 23rd, at 1:00 pm for a special workshop focused on reducing property crime and increasing public safety. The meeting will be held via Zoom.
Please register here.
The workshop provides an opportunity to learn the facts related to burglaries, particularly over the last five weeks since the COVID-19 response of “stay home, stay healthy” have closed down small businesses and significantly changed operating hours. With less foot traffic and customer base across Magnolia’s various business districts, concerns have spiked that businesses are at greater risk for property crimes. A few Magnolia businesses have been victims of burglary since early March.
The workshop will focus on how the West precinct is actively working to ensure burglaries are addressed by law enforcement, and how directed patrols are emphasized in problem areas. In addition, you will learn what techniques and protection measures are most effective in deterring burglaries. Finally, the workshop is aimed at bringing Magnolia together with local law enforcement to build shared awareness and enhance relationships essential to effective community policing, particularly during this unique period of time. The value added benefits include learning how best to protect your business and collaborate with law enforcement post-COVID-19!
Please provide your questions in advance.
Send your questions to: email@example.com
Magnolia Chamber of Commerce 4/20
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal CARES Act Workshop, Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
Pre-Register for Zoom meeting.
(You will submit your name and email address at this link along with any questions or comments. Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to join by device as well as phone numbers if you prefer to join by phone.)
U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who represents Magnolia and the 7th Congressional district, reports that she has received many constituent calls about existing CARES Act relief programs. During the workshop this coming Thursday, the Congresswoman will take your feedback and answer your questions about these programs, and what to anticipate in the next phase in the economic relief effort should look like.
Congress is expected to vote as early as this coming Wednesday, April 22nd, to infuse an additional $300 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program. She will discuss her specific proposal for a Paycheck Guarantee Act that proposes the most direct and streamlined relief to small businesses and the workers they employ. Learn more during the briefing; it is anticipated that the final bill voted on this week will include some of the measures offered by Congresswoman Jayapal.
Magnolia Chamber of Commerce 4/20
Small Business Relief – Paycheck Protection Program expected to benefit. Join National Small Business Town Hall on Friday, April 24th at 9:00 am (PT)
The U.S, House could meet as soon as this Wednesday morning, April 22, to consider an expected deal to provide about $300 billion of additional money to the Paycheck Protection Program, a part of the Cares Act. The Trump Administration reports that they are hopeful that an agreement with Democratic congressional leaders will be reached early this week.
In anticipation of Congressional action to reinvest in protecting small business from the impacts of the COVID-19 response, our members may want to access a virtual workshop offered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. On Friday, April 24 at noon ET (9:00 am, PT), Inc. and the U.S. Chamber will team up again for a fifth virtual National Small Business Town Hall to help small business owners alike navigate the programs that are available to them. Learn more on how to RSVP by clicking here.
usa.gov/coronavirus – 4/9
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What is the Federal Government Doing in Response to COVID-19?
Health and Safety
Administration for Children and Families has program information for children, families, and communities.
Administration for Community Living offers information for older adults, and people with disabilities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is studying the virus worldwide and helping communities respond locally. Check the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page for news and guidance.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has guidance for Medicare recipients and Medicare providers.
Consumer Product Safety Commission home safety advice.
Corporation for National and Community Service guidance for volunteers and programs.
Defense Commissary Agency is ensuring the quality and safety of food available at commissaries world-wide.
Department of Defense supports the government response, and is working to protect the health of the military.
Department of Energy is researching COVID-19 at the National Labs.
Department of Health and Human Services news releases.
Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is developing new medical treatments.
Department of Homeland Security is facilitating a whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus.
Department of Labor has information for employers and workers on preparing workplaces and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace.
Department of Veterans Affairs is caring for Veterans.
Environmental Protection Agency has information about disinfectants that can kill COVID-19 and facts about water safety.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns of increase in child abuse due to school closures, and offers tips on what you can do to protect children and report abuse.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission news and updates.
Food and Drug Administration is working with the medical industry to develop vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests. For healthcare professionals, they offer FAQs about diagnostic testing.
Indian Health Service is coordinating the public health response for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Military Community and Family Policy offers advice and information for the military community.
Military Health System offers health advice, and updates on travel restrictions for members of the military.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration tips for isolation and educational activities.
National Cancer Institute guidance for cancer patients and guidance for cancer researchers.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has virtual safety training for frontline responders.
National Institutes of Health are researching COVID-19 treatments and a vaccine.
National Institute on Drug Abuse advice for people with substance use disorders.
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center published guidance for healthcare providers.
U.S. Department of Agriculture answers questions about food safety and pet safety.
U.S. Fire Administration published infection control guidance for first responders.
Travel, Immigration, and Transportation
Money and Taxes
Scams and Fraud
Benefits and Grants
Federal Building Status Updates and National Parks
Voting and Elections
Here’s a list of the agencies responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
How Are States Responding to COVID-19?
Visit your state Health Department website for the latest coronavirus information, resources, and guidance.
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Magnolia Chamber – 4/9/20
There are a growing number of private sector companies, stepping up and offering specific loans, grants, and relief funds and information to assist small businesses:
Wefunder has funded ~$130M in hundreds of small businesses from over 400,000 investors. If your business has customers who care, Wefunder can help. Or, if there’s a small business you care about, nominate them for funding. In March, as the stock market has fallen, investments have doubled on Wefunder. People want to support the businesses they care about. Wefunder allows for investments (or loans) as small as $100 into the businesses that investors support. Typically, half of the funds come from a company’s own customer base, with the other half from the Wefunder investor-base. Wefunder says they then do the work of collecting funds and send you one wire when it’s over.
This site is full of information, tips, and inspiration to help guide small businesses through the crisis. As part of the company’s commitment to supporting small businesses, they are creating Salesforce Care Small Business Grants. They have announced that they will soon be offering $10,000 grants to U.S. small businesses to provide capital to help them weather this crisis. International small business support will be announced soon. Learn more about Salesforce Care Small Business Grants.
Team Alice has launched a central resource hub for small business information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding, technology, and informational resources have, and are being created and shared daily. Hello Alice aims to ensure small business owners have the opportunities at their disposal to keep the business operating during this turbulent time.
PayPal Working Capital
PayPal Working Capital is available to select businesses that already process payments through PayPal. If your business qualifies, the lender reviews your PayPal sales history to customize a special offer.
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund.
To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need
Magnolia Chamber – 4/7/20
Governor Jay Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce.
The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000. For King County, applicants will work with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce who is the assigned local agency/economic development group to process the applications and prioritize recipients. Check out the detailed website for all information, qualifications, application process and decision-making criteria and timing
Kimberly Berry – 4/8/20
I just wanted to reach out and let our communities know that our financial institution HomeStreet Bank is accepting new Small Business account clients in order to help them navigate through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
Many banks have hit their “limits” on the applications they are accepting, but we are HomeStreet are dedicated to helping our neighbors.
Business owners need to get this money in order to keep their people paid, and keep their business afloat. Many cannot wait until their own bank figures this out. But we are ready to serve those clients now.
If you know of any small businesses that are struggling to get their applications processed, we would be happy to help.
Feel free to pass on my contact info to anyone who may need assistance.
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