COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources
Whatcom County moves into Phase 2 of Re-opening
On Thursday, June 4, 2020 Whatcom County was approved to move into Phase 2 of re-opening. The Stay Home Stay Healthy order remains in place.
Phase 2 allows these activities, according to the Whatcom Health Department:
- Social gatherings — inside or outside — with no more than five people from outside your household.
- More manufacturing and construction, domestic services, retail stores, real estate. services, professional services, nail salons and barbers, with some restrictions.
- Restaurants can open at 50% capacity but without bar seating.
Practices that must continue in Phase 2, according to the Whatcom Health Department:
- Stay 6 feet away from non-household members while you are outside.
- Cover your face when you are in public, especially indoors.
- Wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer.
- Limit your social interactions with people who don’t live with you. Keep a list of those with whom you’ve been in contact. This reduces the risk of infection and helps our contact investigators more easily trace cases and close contacts.
- Know the risks of gathering with people who do not live in your household.
According to the Health Department, Whatcom County will need to wait a minimum of three weeks before we are eligible to apply for Phase 3. There’s a chance we will need to turn the dial back to Phase 1 restrictions if we have an increase in cases.
It’s up to all of us to maintain our healthy habits to move on to the next phase.
REP and WHD issue Joint Framework on Re-Opening Whatcom County’s Economy
With the highest goal always being public safety and health, Whatcom County Health Department and the Regional Economic Partnership at the Port of Bellingham intend to work side-by-side to ensure a safe, healthy re-opening of our local economy. The WHD and REP have issued a Joint Framework that includes details on the process and timeline for re-opening, which can be read here. The appendix can be found here..
- Whatcom County Safer. Stronger. Together. Campaign materials
- Whatcom County Unified Command: Businesses & Restaurant resources
- Whatcom County Unified Command COVID-19 website
- Whatcom County Health Department
- City of Bellingham COVID-19 Response
- City of Ferndale COVID-19 Information
- City of Lynden Mayor Korthuis' Letter re: COVID-19
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- Safe Start | Washington: Full List of Guidance for Businesses & Workers
- Safe Start | Washington: Guidelines by Phase and Industry
- Washington State COVID-19 website
- Washington State What's Opened and What's Closed | Essential Business
- Washington State Is my Business an Essential Business Inquiry form
- Washington State Additional Guidance on Funerals, Real Estate Transactions
- Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Seeks Repurposed Manufacturing Resources for Personal Protective Equipment Shortage
- Washington State Department of Health Workplace Recommendations
- Washington State Employment Security Department (Unemployment benefits: shared work, partial unemployment, standby)
- Washington State Department of Commerce Export Assistance for companies needing to expand to new markets
- Washington State Department of Commerce COVID-19 Information and Updates
- Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants
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- CDC guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC recommendations on environmental cleaning and disinfection
- FEMA Respuesta por Coronavirus (COVID-19) (en Español)
- SBA Disaster Assistance loans
- SBA Economic Injury loans (status TBD)
- SBA Export Financing Assistance
- SBA Planning and Response to COVID-19 Impacts in the Workplace
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- tagNW Pro Bono Consulting Program for Nonprofits
- Western Washington University Small Business Development Center Business Continuity Resources
- Whatcom Community Foundation Resources for Nonprofits
- Sustainable Connections Resources for Businesses
- Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism COVID-19 Information
- Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Restaurants Offering Take Out, Pick Up, & Delivery
- Western Washington University Coronavirus Information
- Downtown Bellingham Partnership Business Resources
- Washington State Farm Bureau COVID-19 Resources
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- Canada's Response: At Canadian Borders
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Western Washington University Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), led by CJ Seitz, will take the lead on technical assistance, including but not limited to: identifying financial tools, understanding new tools and resources made available by local, state, and federal authorities, and coordinating with local lenders to relay the needs of clients. Any issues related to technical assistance should be coordinating via the SBDC. Their office is closed and they will be doing web-based small business consulting until further notice. You can also visit their website (https://sbdc.wwu.edu/business-continuity-resources) for additional information and business resources as tools are identified and developed by local, state, and federal authorities.
If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please complete your client profile here (http://wsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ClientPresignup.action?centerID=0). Upon completion, the SBDC will contact you to coordinate an appointment that works well for your schedule.