Business Resources COVID-19

City of Arlington Utility Customer Support Program

(October 2020) The City recognizes that COVID-19 has caused substantial financial impacts. Through the utility customer support program, the city is implementing a one time utility credit to qualified applicants.  Commercial customers that submit an application and meet eligibility criteria will receive a one time $250 credit on their water/sewer account until funding is exhausted.  Utility credits not applicable to stormwater and irrigation only accounts.

Information at at http://arlingtonwa.gov/205/Utility-Billing or call 360-403-3421.

City of Arlington Business Rent Relief Grant Program- application closed.

Applications were accepted through June 29. Arlington Business Rent Relief Program was funded through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. The City distributed almost $200,000 to qualifying small businesses.

COVID-19 Updates for Employees and Employers

(October 2, 2020) Workplaces are doing things differently during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the spread of illness. It can be confusing and frustrating at times for workers as well as supervisors and business owners.

There have been cases of COVID-19 in workplaces in Snohomish County, and there will be more as businesses reopen or expand operations. The Health District’s business and employer response team have worked with more than 80 employers on COVID-19 outbreaks, plus dozens more on single cases and implementation of workplace precautions. More people going back to work means more in-person contact, which is how this disease spreads.

Creating safe and healthy workplaces is crucial if we want to increase and sustain economic activity during the pandemic. However, even with best efforts, cases can happen. This disease is good at getting around.

The Health District published a new blog with important information and resources for both businesses and employees. Topics include:

  • Employer notification and contact tracing;
  • For employees, what happens if they get sick and don’t have enough leave or are told they need to be at work;
  • When an employee can return to work after testing positive for COVID-19, or after being quarantined as a close contact;
  • Employers looking at how to provide child care or learning centers for their employees’ families; and
  • How employers can keep employees safe while still being able to run a business.

There is also a new FAQ with common questions that their employer notification team gets. The Health District has a number of other resources available on their Businesses & Organizations page.

Reopening Guidance

Arlington Economic Recovery Taskforce Resources


SNOHOMISH COUNTY APPROVED TO MOVE TO PHASE 2

June 5, 2020 – “Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” said County Executive Dave Somers.  It’s vital that each of our businesses and every county resident carefully review and adhere to the guidance for Phase 2. We still have a ways to go, but this is a first, positive step in the right direction.”

Now that the plan has been approved, Snohomish County businesses authorized to open in Phase 2 may do so as long as they are able to meet their industry-specific health and safety guidelines. General questions about how to comply with the agreement practices can be submitted to the state’s Business Response Center at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-worker-inquiries.

The Washington State Department of Health recently launched a risk assessment dashboard. Individuals can see data at the county- and state-level relating to the metrics used to determine readiness to move between phases. The Snohomish Health District will also be reporting out on its progress on a weekly basis moving forward.

While Phase 2 does re-open some businesses and activities, there are still restrictions in place that residents should be aware of. In Phase 2, general guidelines include:

  • Gatherings with no more than 5 people from outside your household per week. This includes outdoor recreation like camping, hiking or beach trips.
  • High-risk populations – such as people older than 60, those with underlying health conditions, or pregnant women – should continue to stay home aside from essential business and errands.
  • Non-essential travel will be limited to activities that are approved to reopen under Phase 2, and those will come with health and safety guidance to follow. For example, restaurants could reopen at limited on-site capacity, with appropriate social distancing, no more than five customers per table, and no bar-area seating.
  • For people who can continue to work remotely, teleworking is strongly encouraged.

Mask Mandate: Beginning June 8, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection based on safety and health rules and guidance from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Refer to L&I’s Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

Employers must also post signage at their place of business strongly encouraging customers to wear cloth facial coverings. Businesses are encouraged to require customers to wear cloth facial coverings, in order to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Rural Relief Small Business Grants

(October 2020) LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) program will award 900 grants/$18 million to communities with a population of 50,000 or less across the country. Applications are accepted in “rounds” and the next round opens on September 28. People who are interested should register here  to receive email updates when application rounds open. 

Information here: https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/ 

Business Impact Survey: The economic impact related to COVID-19 has been felt throughout the greater Seattle region. Nearly 5,000 businesses responded to round one of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Survey is now closed.

Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Recovery and Resiliency:

Snohomish County created an Advisory Group to identify and develop strategies to reopen our economy. EASC is asking our community to complete the 5-minute Business Needs Assessment to ensure your needs are heard. The Assessment asks businesses how they have been impacted by the economic shutdown, their plans for reopening, and the support they need to reopen successfully


Expanded unemployment benefits for self-employed:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may cover many people who do not qualify for regular unemployment during this time, including self-employed, independent contractors, and part-time workers.

https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information

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