Resources for Business Reopening & Recovery

27 days ago

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

Industry-Specific Guidelines

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. For guidance related to Construction, visit our COVID-19 Response: Construction Info Let's Talk page.

Guidance Issued May 6

Guidance Issued May 7

Car Wash Industry

Guidance Issued May 8

Guidance Issued May 11

Guidance Issued May 12

Guidance Issued May 13

Guidance Issued May 14

Guidance Issued May 15

Guidance Issued May 18

Guidance Issued May 19

Guidance Issued May 27

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Other Useful Reopening Resources

The City of Mercer Island wants to support local businesses during this uncertain time. Contact Sarah Bluvas, Small Business Liaison, at to let us know how we can help.

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