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.


  • King County Public Health - New limits on large gatherings, other emergency strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19

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    17 Mar 2020

    On March 16, 2020, in addition to Governor Jay Inslee’s Emergency Proclamation that prohibits large gatherings of more than 50 people, Public Health—Seattle & King County also issued a Health Officer Order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19.

    The order, issued by Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin of Public Health – Seattle & King County, prohibits large gatherings of more than 50 people. In addition, the local order prohibits events of less than 50 people, unless event organizers take steps to minimize risk.

    Both the Governor's proclamation and the Public Health order were issued March 16, 2020, effective immediately.

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    To limit the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Health Officer Jeff Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directed public health actions effective Monday, March 16.

    • All events with more than 50 people are prohibited until further notice
    • All events with fewer than 50 people are discouraged and prohibited unless organizers observe COVID-19 prevention measure.
    • All bars, dance clubs, fitness and health clubs, movie theaters, nightclubs, and other social and recreational establishments closed until at least March 31.
    • All restaurants and food service establishments cannot provide dining room service. They may remain open for drive-through, takeout and delivery.
    • All other retail – including banks, grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies – should and may remain open, provided they observe COVID-19 prevention measures.

    Under the order, events include: community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.

    Our guidance documents are in the process of being updated to reflect the new Local Health Order. Please check back frequently.

    For more information visit Public Health - Seattle & King County.
  • Free COVID-19 Recovery and Reconstruction Workshops

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    17 Jul 2020
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    UW Foster School of Business faculty are offering a series of free workshops to help businesses identify new opportunities and reposition themselves for sustainable growth in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Faculty from the University of Washington Foster School of Business are offering a series of workshops to help businesses big and small, pivot to new opportunities and position themselves for sustainable growth over the next two years. Each workshop will include both lectures from Foster School faculty and peer-to-peer discussions that will provide mutual support among business owners.

    Upcoming Workshops

    • Cash and Debt in Good and Bad Times – May 27, 2020
    • Negotiating with Employees, Vendors, and Other Business Partners – June 3, 2020
    • Inventory and Supply Chain Management in Volatile Times – June 10, 2020
    • Leadership in Volatile Times – June 17, 2020
    • Reaching and Engaging Your Audience (or Your Customers) using Technology while Keeping Social Distancing – June 24, 2020

    Follow this link for more information and to register.

  • Honor a Grad with WeLoveMI's Give for Grads Campaign

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    17 Jul 2020
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    June is synonymous with graduation, but this year looks a little different.

    Are you looking for a special way to honor a graduate? The WeLoveMI campaign has the perfect solution!

    Honor your grad - 12th grader, 8th grader, 5th grader or Preschooler - by supporting one of Mercer Island's many Youth and Education organizations.

    Participating organizations include Mercer Island Schools Foundation, the Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club, Athletes for Kids, Youth Theatre Northwest, the Fine Arts Advisory Council, and many of the Island's beloved preschools.

    These organizations have played a role in educating, enriching, and caring for Mercer Island children from their early preschool days all the way through high school. Support these nonprofits today and help them continue their important work for all future Island grads.

    Visit WeLoveMI.org to make a donation in honor of your grad today!