COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

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The City of Mercer Island recognizes the severe business impacts of the coronavirus measures being implemented across the region. We understand that business owners and employees have many questions surrounding the virus and its effect on business operations and economic security.

To assist in answering those questions, we have compiled resources from national, state, county, and regional organizations for your reference.

Always remember to document your individual or business-related financial impacts. This may help you receive compensation either through your insurance or through potential relief efforts by state or federal agencies.

As the virus spreads, most establishments will be challenged by additional State mandates, special cleaning needs, and reduced staffing or fewer customers due to quarantine concerns. The City is working closely with the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce to provide information specific to local businesses.


The City of Mercer Island recognizes the severe business impacts of the coronavirus measures being implemented across the region. We understand that business owners and employees have many questions surrounding the virus and its effect on business operations and economic security.

To assist in answering those questions, we have compiled resources from national, state, county, and regional organizations for your reference.

Always remember to document your individual or business-related financial impacts. This may help you receive compensation either through your insurance or through potential relief efforts by state or federal agencies.

As the virus spreads, most establishments will be challenged by additional State mandates, special cleaning needs, and reduced staffing or fewer customers due to quarantine concerns. The City is working closely with the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce to provide information specific to local businesses.


  • Open for business? Remind Islanders to Shop Local and Spend Like it Matters!

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    03 Apr 2020
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    Mercer Island's local businesses and nonprofits are part of the heart and soul of this community. Stay connected with your community by reminding Islanders to Shop Local and Spend Like it Matters during this crisis.

    The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, a group of business owners, and Mercer Island City Council compiled a list of ways community members can support local businesses while staying home and staying healthy.

    Download the flyer and share it with your own customers!

    PDF Flyer | JPEG Flyer

  • Find a Mercer Island Eatery Using this Digital Map!

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    30 Mar 2020
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    The new digital Mercer Island Restaurant Guide shows updated hours, take-out/delivery options, and more details for eateries during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find a restaurant in the guide, and consider ordering a meal for #TakeOutTuesday to support your Island businesses this week.


    Many thanks to Fexy Media for building this guide! For links to individual Island eateries, click here.

  • #TakeOutTuesday

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    26 Mar 2020
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    The City is proud to work with the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce to support our local businesses!

    To help local restaurants during this challenging time, the Chamber and City are launching a Take-Out Tuesday campaign.

    Since many local restaurants are now offering take-out or delivery, let's show our support by ordering out on Tuesdays. Spread the word! An updated list of restaurants offering take-out or delivery is available here.

    #takeouttuesday

  • Essential Businesses During the Statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

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    24 Mar 2020
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    Governor Inslee has initiated statewide measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak across Washington State.

    The “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order legally requires all residents to curtail all social activity and bans ALL gatherings of any size, public or private.

    It also closed all businesses except those deemed essential. Essential businesses allowed to stay open (with appropriate protective measures) include emergency services, childcare, supermarkets, pharmacies, groceries, food pantries, transportation, financial services, and local government.

    For a full list of essential businesses, read the comprehensive document published by the Governor's office: List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

    Businesses can also confirm their status and petition to be added to this list by visiting the Washington Business Re-Entry Registration website: https://mil.wa.gov/business-re-entry-registration

    The ban also does not limit take-out meals, food delivery, and drive-thru food/beverage services. Please continue to support your favorite Mercer Island restaurants! Here's a list of local restaurants offering take-out and delivery on the Island: Local Restaurants Offering Take-Out/Delivery

  • SBA Disaster Assistance Now Available to all Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by COVID-19

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    23 Mar 2020
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    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended its original disaster declaration to apply to all Washington small businesses, regardless of county. These low-interest loans for working capital are now available to any small businesses in the state of Washington suffering economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Small businesses, private nonprofits of any size, small agricultural cooperatives, and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak since January 31 may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

    Apply online: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

    Additional information: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

    Businesses may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

  • Restaurants Open for Take-Out or Delivery

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    19 Mar 2020
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    Open Restaurants

    On March 18, the Chamber of Commerce shared a list of local restaurants offering pick-up or delivery.

    These can be viewed on our clickable restaurant links page here.

    Or, for special meal delivery service directly to your home, visit The Custom Plate: https://thecustomplate.com
  • Take the Economic Impacts Survey!

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    18 Mar 2020

    The City of Seattle, Greater Seattle Partners, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce have distributed a Survey to Measure Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on the region’s businesses and non-profits.

    If you are a local business owner, make sure to take the survey. Results will help inform strategies for regional economy recovery and maximizing state and rederal aid.
  • Support Local Businesses

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    18 Mar 2020
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    The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce serves as a conduit of information from government to local businesses, business to business, and business to community communications.

    The Chamber is providing daily updates for business resources as they receive the information from the state, county, and city. They are also providing relevant information on how the community can connect and support local businesses.

  • Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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    17 Mar 2020
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    If you are a business whose financial stability is affected by COVID-19, there are programs and services available to help, including the following:

    The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has several programs to help if businesses need to reduce employees hours or reduce their workforce.

    • SharedWork allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and hourly-paid employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. The application and instructions can be found here.
    • Businesses temporarily reducing hours of work for full-time employees may request to place an employee on standby for up to eight weeks and the employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work.

    The Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies to help with any tax payment issues related to COVID-19.

    The Department of Commerce has a crisis planning guide as well as resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

    The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury by COVID-19.

    King County Public Health has published a step-by-step guide to help businesses plan for workplace disruptions related to COVID-19.

    For more information on what Washington State is doing, visit their resource page for impacted businesses.

  • Assistance for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

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    17 Mar 2020

    If you are a worker affected by COVID-19, there are programs that may be able to help depending on your specific circumstances. Here are the programs (being added regularly):

    On March 18, the Governor announced new measures to help workers including:

    The Department of Labor and Industries (LNI) has published several helpful guides to using paid sick leave or workers compensation.

    The Employment Security Department (ESD) has several programs available if you or a loved one has contracted COVID-19 or if you are laid off work. They have published an easy-to-read reference guide with some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.

    If you’re struggling with paying your bills during this time, there are several options available in various circumstances.

    • Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information.
    The Department of Revenue will have the authority to waive or suspend penalties and interest on certain late tax payments.

    The Department of Social and Health Services is expanding eligibility for Family Emergency Assistance program to now include families without children.