Community Member Resources
Community Member Resources
Coronavirus Customizable Flyer
This is a flyer you can customize and post to inform your employees and customers about the steps you are taking to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
These are common steps recommended by the CDC, states, and local jurisdictions, as of May 18, 2020. This is not a substitute for guidance from your state or local health departments, so please consult those resources as well.
With facial coverings now mandatory in Washington state, questions remain for many businesses on how best to enforce mask requirements for their customers and staff. Join us to hear how local companies set up their internal and store mask policies and how best to accommodate customers or employees with medical exemptions who cannot wear face coverings.
Update from Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce:
Today, Governor Jay Inslee announced several modifications to business activities in our state. Secretary of Health John Wiesman also announced an updated policy around wearing face coverings in common areas.
The goal of all of these changes is to give the virus fewer chances to multiply so that in time, community transmission in our state is low enough that we can start turning the dial again. We must get the virus under control so that we can reopen our economy further.
We know that public health, the economy, and racial justice are inextricably linked – the virus continues to disproportionately affect communities of color, including our Black, Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as lower-income households. Getting the virus under control is an important issue of health, economic, and racial equity.
Today’s order includes the following modifications that take effect on July 30:
- No indoor service at bars, wineries, distilleries, or breweries, whether or not the establishment serves food. Outdoor service, such as on a patio, can continue to operate at capacity.
- Alcohol service (beer, wine, spirits) must stop at 10:00 p.m.
- Indoor dining will be limited to members of the same household. Parties of diners from different households can still eat in outdoor areas.
- The size of tables in phase 3 will be limited to 5 and the occupancy will be limited to 50 percent inside.
- Game areas such as those for pool and darts must be closed.
- The cap on fitness classes is now 5 people for Phase 2 counties, including King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, to align with the guidelines around social gatherings.
- Activities such as indoor family recreation centers and indoor card rooms are now Phase 4 activities.
- Indoor movie theaters now have a capacity limit of 25% in Phase 3.
Starting August 6, indoor weddings and funerals will be limited to 20% of a facility’s capacity or 30 people, whichever is fewer. Receptions are not allowed. Weddings and funerals scheduled to happen in the next two weeks will be allowed to go forward under the previous guidance.
Secretary Wiesman announced that starting Saturday, July 25, face coverings will be required in common areas, even those closed to the public, such as lobbies and hallways of apartments and condos, elevators, shared spaces in hotels and motels, nursing homes and adult family homes.
The governor also announced an extension of the current moratorium on evictions. The order set to expire August 1 now expires October 15.
We also recently hosted a webinar on best practices for mask policies with leaders from Costco, Puget Sound Energy, and the Alliance of People with disAbilities, and you can view the recording here.
Below you will find a list of helpful links regarding housing and COVID-19. Please refer to each link for more information.
- Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for Your Home & Family
- CDC Guidelines for Unsheltered Homelessness
- CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker Tool
- Census Bureau Emergency Preparedness: Coronavirus Pandemic
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Coronavirus Information
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development Coronavirus Information & Resources
- Federal Housing Finance Agency Coronavirus Assistance Information
EVICTION & MORTGAGE RELIEF
- FHFA Suspends Foreclosures and Evictions for Enterprise-Backed Mortgages
- FHFA Announces Tools to Help Renters Find Out if They are Protected from Eviction
- Eviction Lab: COVID-19 and Changing Eviction Policies Around the Nation
- National Multifamily Housing Council: Apartment Industry Committed to Supporting Residents Impacted by COVID-19
- Veterans Affairs: Special Relief for those Potentially Impacted by COVID-19
- Mortgage Relief Tracker (Forbes)
- Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University– A complied list of housing-related information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- National Low-Income Housing Coalition- Resources for low-income and homeless individuals/families.
- Department of Housing & Urban Development- COVID-19 resources for renters.
- National Multifamily Housing Council- Frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and the Fair Housing Act.
- National Fair Housing Alliance- Resource center for COVID-19.
To access information regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Washington State, click the link below:
The video below contains details on the results of the recent City of Pullman poll regarding reopening businesses in Pullman, precautions/protocols the community expressed opinions about, and moving towards economic recovery.
REBOUND & RECOVERY IN WASHINGTON
Here to help Washington employers reopen their doors. Find the guidance and resources you need to prepare your workplace and safely welcome back employees and customers.
Here to help Washington’s economy recover. By working with state and federal officials, industry leaders, and local chamber leaders, AWB serves as a unifying voice for rebuilding Washington’s economy and bringing economic prosperity to every part of the state.
Apply for COVID-19 Microenterprise assistance grants for up to $5,000 each.
Funds are available on a limited basis, and applicants are not guaranteed assistance. Over $80,000 has been made available for these grants through a Whitman County Community Development Block Grant and Washington State Department of Commerce.
Who qualifies for these grants?
– Small businesses with up to 5 full-time employees (for 5 full-time equivalent)
– Owner and business located in Whitman County
– Financially impacted or closed by COVID-19 and/or Stay Home order
– Business operates from a “brick and mortar” location, not a home business
– Owner’s anticipated household income is within Whitman County LMI Limits in the chart below:
Applications are available from Community Action Center, and the Pullman, Colfax and Palouse Chambers of Commerce, or by email at email@example.com.
This grant funding is available for qualifying microenterprise owners impacted by COVID-10 to stabilize businesses in our Whitman County communities. To request assistance, you must meet the program requirements, submit required documentation, and certify the application form before May 27, 2020, or as directed at the time of inquiry.
Unlike other assistance being offered to businesses, these grant funds are based on COVID-19 impact to your business and to your personal household income.
For your privacy, information collected will remain confidential, used only to meet federal and state record-keeping requirements, and withheld as applicable from disclosure.
Poverty on the Palouse has just issued it’s 2020 Spring Resource Guide- “Weaving Abundance on the Palouse.” This guide has been edited to account for changes due to COVID-19.