State of Washington COVID-19 Information and Resources for Your Business
Updated May 18, 2020 at 1:58 PM.
This page is dedicated to providing Washington state-specific information and resources. For general COVID-19 information and links, please return to our main page, or here for Pierce County information.
State COVID-19 News Resources
- Official Washington State Coronavirus Response Page
- Washington Department of Health – The State of Washington’s health department and go-to for state updates and legislative changes.
- Washington State Department of Commerce information on COVID-19 insurance for businesses and events.
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Announcements and Press Releases
- Proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee, 20-25 “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” announced 3/23/2020, along with Washington’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list. Gov. Inslee writes more about “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” and the video of the 3/23/2020 press conference.
- Washington Essential Critical Infrastructure online portal. Find out more about “what is an essential business”, and request an exception for your business here.
- A message from Governor Jay Inslee from March 6, 2020.
- Press Release for the Emergency Funding Supplemental, to include relief to small businesses.
- Proclamation 20-22, by Gov. Jay Inslee for Truck Driver Hours – waivers and updates.
- Proclamation 20-05, by Gov. Jay Inslee announcing the State of Emergency for Washington.
- Inslee Announces Washington’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan
- Inslee Construction Working Group Recommendations for Phase 1 Construction Restart Job Site Requirements
- Inslee introduces the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard (published 4/29/2020)
Specific Information Resources, Programs and Quick Guides
- Working Washington Small Business Grant Program, and EDB Program Page.
- Employment Security Department
- Ongoing COVID-19 news and updates.
- Emergency Rules.
- COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available Factsheet.
- SharedWork layoff aversion program.
- Paid Family Leave and Medical Leave program.
- Unemployment Benefits Application Checklist
- Expanded Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Guide
- Unemployment information for self-employed or independent contractors
- Expanded Unemployment Benefits Application Checklist
- Labor Market and Economic Analysis Data for Businesses
- Washington Portal for Essential Businesses
- Impact Washington – A how-to guide on preparation for Washington State Manufacturers.
- Washington Small Business Development Center – The WSBDC is providing advising, business resiliency information as well as daily business resilience training webinars.
- StartUp Washington – Part of the Washington State Department of Commerce, StartUp Washington has a list of information and updates as well as their startup, entrepreneur, and small business strategy programs.
- Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) – Business relief programs during COVID-19.
- Washington State Insurance Commissioner – Find information on different types of insurance may be affected by COVID-19.
- Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) – Fast facts for business as well as coordinating conference calls and live Q&A meetings with.
- Washington Retail Association – COVID-19 Retailer Resource Guide.
- Washington Hospitality Association – COVID-19 Information Page.
Webinars and Other Tools
- Washington Employment Securities Department – WebEX sessions on Unemployment Insurance: Tuesday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, from 3pm-4pm each day. Join meeting here, call-in passwords and more information here.
- Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) – weekly COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar every Monday.
- Economic Resiliency Team (ERT) Business Response Center – web portal for business inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fill out this form to send in your question to the team.
Contact the EDB
If you come across additional information please send it to us and we will share it.
Vice President for Business Retention and Expansion