Safe Start Washington

 

Safe Start Washington refers to a phased approach to reopen businesses and modification of physical distancing measures. 

Overview

New and Continuing:  Safe Start Washington refers to a phased approach to reopen businesses gradually provided that adequate social distancing measures and health standards are in place.

The latest information is available at www.coronavirus.wa.gov.  Questions can be answered by visiting the Safe Start homepage or by submitting your request through the webform linked here.

Please note: reopening dates for industry sectors will be announced by the State of Washington.  To clarify or certify status, or to petition to be added to the list of businesses eligible for re-opening, please visit the Washington State Business Re-Entry Registration website at: https://mil.wa.gov/business-re-entry-registration

On May 13, 2020, the Washington State Department of Commerce advised that if businesses are unclear as to which phase or guidance they need to follow to reopen, they should email the Economic Resiliency Team (“ERT”) Business Response Center for a rapid response.  Ask Your Question Here.

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Additional Guidance

  • Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) pages for:
  • Tacoma Public Utilities Guidance on Flushing Water pipes in re-opening buildings that have been closed during the Covid19 business closures
    • Flushing your water system now is important for homes and businesses that have been closed, or significantly reduced their water use, under Washington’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Corrosion particulates in the plumbing can accumulate, and chlorine residuals normally in the water to provide disinfection may have dissipated, which can cause bacteriological growth. Flushing removes the particulates and refreshes the water in the pipes with clean, chlorinated water from our distribution system.Visit www. myTPU.org/waterflushing for steps to take to prepare your water pipes after periods of low flow or no-flow conditions.
  • Washington State Small Business Liaison Team:
    A cross-sector team working to make Washington the best place to do business. The team includes 27 agencies participating in subgroups that focus on outreach programs, soliciting ideas for regulatory improvement, and developing new business tools. Download the liaison contact list.
  • US Chamber of Commerce Communications Tools for Businesses:
  • Coronavirus Customizable Flyer
  • Portal for Washington Businesses www.reboundandrecovery.org features an online portal to connect Washington businesses with ‘Made in Washington’ manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE), plus a toolkit for small businesses to help prepare their physical spaces for reopening and assist in communicating new health and safety protocols with employees and customers.”

 

Rebound and Recovery Task Force launches online PPE marketplace, business tool kit

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The Rebound and Recovery Task Force aims to get Washington businesses open safely and quickly. I am proud of our partnership with the Association of Washington Business during the pandemic response to help businesses make it through the downturn and prepare to restart. This week, the task force launched an online resource to connect businesses to tool kits with customizable guidance and materials and a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) marketplace to help them get ready to safely welcome back employees and customers.

Construction and other essential activities are underway. Some outdoor activities can be resumed.

Business Activity Guidelines

Full list of guidance for all current businesses.

Vehicle and Vessel Sales and Frequently Asked Questions

Spiritual drive-in services

Car Washes Requirements

Landscape Services and Outdoor Maintenance Industry

Pet Walking Industry

Curbside Retail

Business Activity Guidelines

Business Activity Guidelines

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities (50 or fewer people)
  • Recreational facilities at less than 50% capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.)
  • Professional sports (horse racing, baseball, etc.) without audience participation
  • Restaurants and taverns at less than 75% capacity with table size no larger than 10
  • Bar areas in restaurants and taverns at less than 25% capacity
  • Indoor gyms at less than 50% capacity; theaters at less than 50% capacity
  • Customer facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged where possible)
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with no more than 50 people.

Business Activity Guidelines

If COVID-19 disease burden stays low and the four capabilities (healthcare system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 4.

All components of phases 1, 2 and 3 will carry into the start of Phase 4 which would be a full return to public interactions (with appropriate physical distancing).

Industry sector associations are issuing the guidance below.  Please note:  reopening dates for industry sectors will be announced by the State of Washington.  To clarify or certify status, or to petition to be added to the list of businesses eligible for re-opening, please visit the Washington State Business Re-Entry Registration website at: https://mil.wa.gov/business-re-entry-registration

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