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The Greater Puget Sound region is experiencing the spread of COVID-19, also referred to as the Novel Coronavirus.  Many have questions about the virus and its impact on day-to-day life, including businesses struggling to operate amid the virus and restrictions on public gatherings. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the City is dedicated protecting local businesses, the local economy, and the community at large.

It is extremely important to document business impacts as the situation is unfolding, both for insurance purposes and for potential future relief efforts by state and federal agencies. The City is asking all businesses complete a short online Local Business Impact Survey to help us understand and plan for business needs.

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Below are a number of resources for your reference:

General Information about COVID-19:
The best source of updated information is from these two trusted sources.  The State and County Public Health Departments are the lead agencies for our region and are working diligently to provide the best information possible to the community.

Seattle / King County Public Health COVID-19 Information

Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Information

Public Health Insider

How Businesses can Prepare for COVID-19:
Learn how to prepare your business for COVID-19 and what best practices will help to reduce the likelihood that your business is impacted by the virus.

- How to create a plan for addressing impacts to your business - Planning for COVID-19 Guidelines

- Find information on workplace resources and recommendations for reducing your risk of exposure to COVID-19 :Washington Department of Health Workplace Recommendations

- Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Business and Employers

- The Washington Small Business Development Center is releasing regular webinars in a series call "Keeping the Lights On" to help small businesses with resiliency efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Resources Available to Businesses and Employees:

Governor's Office has provided a list of resources for businesses and workers impacts by COVID-19

- Washington State Employment Security Department has compiled a list of information for business on: Information on temporary lay offs, partial employment, and SharedWork program

- Sample HR Policies, information on receiving healthcare through virtual platforms, and resources for communicating with your employees about COVID-19 -
Business Health Trust Resources

- Does your business insurance cover COVID-19? Check our this fact sheet from the Washington State Department of Commerce for information: COVID-19 Insurance for Businesses and Events

- Learn about small business tools, financial assistance and more: Startup Washington COVID-19 Resources

- Help the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce capture effects of COVID-19 on businesses and nonprofits in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County: Take the Economic Impact Survey 

- COVID-19 business, employer, and employee resources from our local Woodinville Chamber of Commerce

- Apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan