COVID-19 Resources

We have pulled these resources together, thanks to the Office of the Mayor and many others. We will continue to add to it — so check back in for updates or let us know if there is something we’ve missed (email media@beaconbusinessalliance.org). We invite you to follow us on social media(@bbabeaconhill) to stay in the loop as we track the quickly evolving situation. 


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Small Business Support

Small Business COVID-19 Impacts Weekly Webinar

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development is holding weekly calls every Wednesday, from 11:00am – 12:00pm to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. A recording and notes from each webinar will be posted here

Small Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit can help small businesses handle disasters.

City of Seattle B&O Tax Deferment Information

The City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8484 or email: tax@seattle.gov.

City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund

Approximately $2.5 million is available for the City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. 

Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. Find more information about how to manage your mortgage, rent, and personal finances at the link.

Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in the region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

State Unemployment Benefits for Workers and Businesses

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and possible benefits. 

Seattle Office of Labor Standards Resource List

The Office of Labor Standards has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19.

Retail Guidance

Find guidance for retail businesses and service operators to protect from the spread of COVID-19 here.

Local Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Small businesses in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The City’s Office of Economic Development will be offering technical assistance and launching resources to help small businesses apply for SBA loans.

Federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

The federal Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

Restaurant Temporary Loading Zone Help

Seattle Department of Transportation is helping to create temporary loading zones in front of restaurants for easier take out. You can request a loading zone near your establishment by calling (206) 684-ROAD.

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Worker Support

Freelance Artists Resources

Freelance artists and those interested in supporting the independent artist community can go to this site for regularly updated resources.

Resources for Unemployed Workers from United Way of King County

The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County. 

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

This online fundraiser is to specifically support “queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex Black, Indigenous folks and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC folks).” You can donate to the fund or apply for funding.

Financial Support for Seattle Artists Impacted by COVID-19

This Artists Relief Fund aims to help the arts community who have been financially impacted by this outbreak. You can donate to the fund or apply for funding.

Seattle Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund

The Seattle Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund is accepting donations to support restaurant workers in Seattle who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospitality industry nonprofit Big Table will be disbursing funds soon.

Paid Sick and Safe Time Information

Both Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance and Washington Initiative 1433 establish local and statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. In Seattle, the law requires employers to provide all employees with paid sick and safe time. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, exempt, and nonexempt employees. Please call the Seattle Office of Labor Standards at (206) 256-5297 or visit the Office of Labor Standards.

State Unemployment Benefits for Workers and Businesses

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and possible benefits. 

Washington Small Business Development Center Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Business Resiliency Guide is a tool to help small business owners assess risks and make contingency plans that will enable businesses to recover from the immediate threat of COVID-19 as well as the disruptions that could continue. 

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Resource List

Arts & Culture has developed this additional resource list for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19.

Seattle Office of Economic Development Information

The Office of Economic Development has updated their pages to include COVID-19 information for both businesses and workers.

Seattle Office of Labor Standards Resource List

The Office of Labor Standards has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and FAQs for both workers and employers affected by COVID-19.

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Health Information

Public Health — Seattle & King County for COVID-19 Information

Stay informed on the COVID-19 outbreak. Sign up for free email alerts to learn when significant information has been posted to the site.

Washington Health Plan Finder Has Open Enrollment Now

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Washington Health Plan Finder has extended open enrollment to qualified individuals until April 8, 2020. Apple Health enrollment is year-round.

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Internet Access

Internet Essentials is Free

Comcast is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit this link for more information.

Xfinity WiFi is Currently Free for Everyone

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Find a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots here. Simply select the “xfinitywifi” network name at one of those locations.

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Utility Bills Support

Residential Evictions in Seattle have been Halted During this Outbreak

Residential evictions for nonpayment of rent have been temporarily halted. For more information, you can access this FAQ.

Utilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak

Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, and Puget Sound Energy will keep utility services on during this emergency. Customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan that includes reversed late fees: Call (206) 684-3000 or send an email for Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light. If you are a Puget Sound Energy customer, find more information at PSE’s COVID-19 Response page.

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program is Available

The Utility Discount Program lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to this site

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Immigration Information

COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, el Comite, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project compiled a new information guide for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services.

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Food Support

Safeway Emergency Food Vouchers for Seattle Families

The City of Seattle is taking steps to help residents who may be experiencing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The City is contributing $5 million to provide emergency food vouchers to approximately 6,250 families in need. Learn more here.

Food Support for Seattle Public School Students

Seattle Public Schools is distributing lunches from 11 am to 1 pm every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. All Seattle Public Schools students can participate. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the SPS Family Resources for COVID-19-related Page.

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market has Free Food for All

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door to anyone who needs it. There is no need to enter the facility. 

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Volunteer Information

These organizations are coordinating volunteers who want to help each other during this outbreak:

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Additional Helpful Links

These links provide more helpful information.

Activities

Socio-Emotional Health

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