Local Businesses & COVID-19

On April 14th, the City Council waived utility base rate charges for all business customers for the months of March-April or April-May, depending on each customer’s billing cycle. Base rates are identified in GHMC Chapter 13.04 for water service and GHMC Chapter 13.32 for sewer service. The waiver will cover two full months for all business customers.


With the Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order proclaimed by Governor Inslee this week, all non-essential businesses are required to close down until at least May 31, 2020.  The Governor’s Office has provided a list of essential businesses.  

 

We realize that the definition of essential business can be difficult to interpret.  If residents and businesses do not comply with this order, Governor Inslee has promised to “discuss possible enforcement mechanisms in the coming days.”  For the time being, local and state police will not be asked to enforce these conditions, outside of dispersing large gatherings.

 

For now, our city and police department are urging businesses to voluntarily comply with the Governor’s order and to remain closed during this time.  We will not be taking proactive enforcement actions against businesses at this time but may contact some businesses on a case by case basis to gain compliance. 

 

Please do not contact the city or the police department regarding these businesses.  If you wish to report a business that you believe is not in compliance, please visit Violations of the Governor’s Proclamation.


If you have a business and want to get an interpretation from the state on whether or not your business is essential you can submit your questions to the Essential Business Inquiries portal.   


Resources for Local Businesses

CARES Act Stimulus Package

  • A summary of the stimulus package is available here.
  • A section-by-section summary of the stimulus package is available here.
  • A question and answer document on the stimulus package is available here.
  • A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act is available here.
  • A summary of the small business provisions included in the CARES Act is available here
  • A section-by-section summary of the small business provisions in the CARES Act is available here.
  • CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loans may be forgivable, in whole or in part.
  • ArtsWA is providing CARES Act grants to arts groups and organizations.

Additional information on how to apply for CARES Act grants and loans will be available at SBA.gov as soon as it is available.