Safe Start Washington & Other Reopening Resources
On May 1, Governor Inslee announced an extension of his existing Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 31 and unveiled Safe Start Washington, a four-phase plan that will be used to stage the gradual reopening of businesses and facilities statewide. Each phase will last for at least three weeks in order to gather health data and evaluate continued advances.
It is crucial to maintain some level of community interventions to suppress the spread of COVID-19 throughout all phases of recovery until there is an effective vaccine, effective treatment, or herd immunity. Each phase, while allowing for additional services to open and return to full capacity, is grounded in required practices for all employers.
This page compiles resources intended to assist local businesses in safely reopening through the state's phased approach. Check back often for more resources.
Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery
Infographic detailing the four phases outlined in the Safe Start Washington plan
- Complete Safe Start Washington Plan
- Employer Requirements in All Phases
- Governor Inslee's Proclamation to Extend the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
- Updated County-by-County Safe Start Plan (announced May 29)
Below we link to the industry-specific guidelines issued by Governor Inslee's office. Don't see your business's industry listed? That may mean that the Governor has not published guidelines for your specific industry yet. We will update this listing as soon as guidelines become available.
|Car Wash Services||
|Fitness & Training||
|Landscaping Services & Outdoor Maintenance||
|Outdoor Recreation & Sporting Activities||
|Religious, Spiritual, & Faith-Based Services||
Resuming Limited In-Store Retail Operations Guidance
|Weddings, Funeral and Memorial Services||
|Vehicle & Vessel Sales||
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Other Useful Reopening Resources
Federal & State Guidelines
- Federal Guidelines: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
- Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces
- Washington State Department of Health: Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations
Reopening Toolkits and Databases
- Getting to Safe Guide by City of Everett and partners: https://bit.ly/gettingtosafe
- Back to Work Toolkit developed by Madrona Venture Group and regional partners: https://www.backtoworktoolkit.com/
- Rebound and Recovery website from Association for Washington Businesses: https://www.reboundandrecovery.org/ **Includes the PPE Connect Portal**
- Recovery Resource Hub WA from Seattle Metropolitan Chamber: https://www.recoverywa.com/
- Existing Guidelines for Partial Restart of Construction: https://letstalk.mercergov.org/coronavirus-construction
- National Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- Back to Work: Planning for a Safe Restart
- Reopening the Workplace: A Toolkit for Businesses
- Reopening Our Economy
The City of Mercer Island wants to support local businesses during this uncertain time. Contact Sarah Bluvas, Small Business Liaison, at email@example.com to let us know how we can help.
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