Government & Legislative Updates for the week of May 11th, 2020
Updated: May 19
Chamber Prepares a Recovery Toolkit in Preparation for State’s Gradual Reopening
A Resource and Recovery Team has been created to support local businesses with answers to questions and plans for rapid recovery with safe distancing practices. Their first task was to create a toolkit to get Issaquah businesses prepared for reopening. Here it is: TOOLKIT
Ready to Reopen? Wednesday, May 13 @ 1pm The Chamber has created an in depth toolkit to prepare to reopen your doors. This week’s webinar will explore the toolkit and our panel of experts will answer your questions.
Employment for the Self-Employed Recording
In case you missed it and still have questions about how to go about filing for unemployment if you are self-employed, a contract worker or gig worker and have been out of work due to COVID, here is a link to the recording.
The City of Issaquah has put together a great list of resources for the business community:
Communities Rise is offering no-cost legal assistance for small businesses and nonprofits
Partner America offers no-cost business assistance, thanks to the US Conference of Mayors
The Red Backpack Fund is offering grants to female entrepreneurs to alleviate impacts of COVID-19
Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program will offer larger loans. Start date TBD.
WA State Department of Commerce Scale-Up program focuses on operational strategies to create resiliency and sustainability. The first series is full; sign up on the website for potential future sessions.
Retail - COVID Safety Operational Plan
Making safety planning a priority to protect your employees and customers is essential to reopening retail businesses after a pandemic.
This Safety Operational Plan provides you a list of requirements and recommendations from Washington State’s Department of Health, Labor and Industries, and the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pre-Mixed Cocktails Allowance for Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery During COVID-19 Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order
In addition to the current delivery allowances, effective immediately, restaurants with a Spirits, Beer, and Wine (S/B/W) license issued by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) may sell pre-mixed alcoholic drinks (“cocktails”) for consumption off the licensed premises during the COVID-19 Stay Home – Stay Healthy Order (No. 20-25).