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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

On-going COVID-19 response resources for our valued business community (last updated March 14, 2020)

Small Business Economic Injury filing: 

Thanks to all of you who - QUICKLY - answered the call to complete and submit the Economic Injury Worksheet to WA State Emergency Management and the Small Business Administration.   There are now many more than the required minimum of five Economic Injury Worksheets submitted statewide in order for Washington to be eligible.

OCL will update our marketing partner's website listings with COVID-19 related operational updates.

We'll be adding the following to our global Listing Library.

  • Take-Out
  • Curb-Side
  • Operational "Pause"
  • Gift Certificate
  • Other

Share your COVID-19 changes. Update My OCL website listing to reflect operational changes

Employer Resources:

Tanya Rose of Nourish Sequim shared the following news "I spoke with an ESD (Employment Security Department) rep today – very helpful.

He suggested impacted business' could apply to participate in their SharedWork program. He suggested applying ASAP as it takes about 2 weeks to get approved, but once approved it lasts for a year.

If you have to reduce employees hours but are still employing them, SharedWork will help cover part of the employees lost hours. It may help keep our teams together, until we can all get through to the other end of this.

Look at ESD > employers resources > SharedWork"

Thanks Tanya!

 

Food focused insights from our partners at WA Hospitality Association

CEO Anthony Anton has just shared an open letter regarding coronavirus and the WA hospitality industry. In it he highlights:

  1. The first piece of good news (for part of our industry) is that food is not a known issue with this virus. It is mostly spread through respiratory droplets.
  2. The second piece of good news is that this virus, unlike influenza, is controllable and effective measures we take can make a difference.
  3. That their team is working around the clock to provide centralized key information you need on their website.

 

The following is part of a message from WA State Rep. Steve Tharinger.  Resources for businesses and workers

As this situation continues to rapidly unfold you can track the latest developments at the Department of Health Coronavirus website, and continue protecting yourself and your family by following these recommendations

 

The Governor’s office created a site with a list of resources that compiles comprehensive information on how several agencies can help those impacted by COVID-19:

·  Financial assistance from the Department of Revenue.

·  Export assistance from the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration.

·  Employer and worker assistance from the Employment Security Department

·  Insurance assistance from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

 

Please take a look at that site if you, someone in your household or in your place of work is sick, or just to be prepared in case you need to access any of these resources in the near future.

Knowing what steps to take ahead of time to help your own circumstances can save you hours of frustration trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do at the last minute.

I hope you find this information helpful to protect yourself and your family, and I’ll send updates about this crisis as I learn more. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely, Rep. Steve Tharinger

Olympia: JLOB 314 - PO Box 40600 - Olympia, WA 98504 - (360) 786-7904 - Steve.Tharinger@leg.wa.gov Toll-free Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 - 1-800-635-9993 (TTY) 

 

Finally - Messaging to your customers

We're seeing lots of wonderful and carefully crafted messages to customers. Being nimble, focusing on facts vs. fears, and transparently navigating your responsiveness are key.

Kudos to Finnriver Farm & Cider Garden for eloquently wordsmithing amongst the best communique seen thus far. (We're sure Crystie and her team will be happy to share these words if they help you frame your own messaging to your clients).

"HEALTHY COMMUNITY UPDATE: Healthy Community Update We just want you to know that the Finnriver crew is keeping alert and up to date on health department announcements and protocols related to the current health concerns and we are continuing to asses and implement best practices in hygiene and cleanliness. We are committed to supporting community wellness and resilience!

As per the public health guidelines, we support folks staying at home if they are ill, and we have posted informational posters around the facilities with the protocols for coughing, hand-washing etc. We have also installed numerous hand sanitizers around the Cider Garden and there is a hand washing sink for public use in the pavilion. We will continue to remain alert, informed and responsive. Meanwhile, we are appreciating the motto: keep calm and wash your hands! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Take care!"

 

Let us hear from you!

Thanks much,

Olympic Culinary Loop