Gov. Jay Inslee introduced new statewide restrictions on social gatherings, which in flip impacts indoor eating, grocery retailer capability and spiritual companies.
OLYMPIA, Wash — Gov. Jay Inslee introduced new statewide restrictions on social gatherings, which in flip impacts indoor eating, grocery retailer capability, weddings, funerals and different non secular companies, amongst different issues.
With these new restrictions, indoor eating shall be prohibited till Dec. 14, gyms shall be closed and in-store retail (together with grocery shops) shall be lowered to a 25% occupancy, significantly impacting small companies which can be already struggling to remain afloat.
“I understand how a lot this hurts. I do know enterprise homeowners, I do know employees, and I’ve met many across the state this 12 months to listen to personally how this pandemic has affected them. We perceive that that is each an financial and a public well being disaster. We don’t take calmly the impression these restrictions may have on native companies, a lot of which have already had a really troublesome 12 months. However this a lot is obvious: We can not take pleasure in a full financial restoration earlier than we now have gotten this virus beneath management,” Inslee stated at a press convention asserting the restrictions on Sunday.
Inslee introduced one other $50 million accessible in federal support to assist mitigate impacts on companies and employees. He stated he intends to distribute these grants and loans earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
The governor stated his workplace and the Legislature have already distributed $25 million in grants to small companies. His workplace has additionally offered $100 million for rental help, he stated.
“We all know it’s not sufficient, but it surely’s the place we’re at up to now, and it’ll assist preserve some companies afloat whereas we battle for brand spanking new federal financial reduction. I’ll proceed to advocate strongly for extra federal support, and I implore Congress to behave as quickly as attainable for People impacted essentially the most by this. We can not wait till a brand new administration takes workplace. Washingtonians need assistance now,” Inslee stated.
For these employers who haven’t but used Paycheck Protection Plan forgivable loans, companies can nonetheless apply with the Small Enterprise Administration or at their native financial institution.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Metropolis of Seattle has labored to launch COVID-19 reduction packages together with hire reduction, increasing shelter for folks experiencing homelessness, grocery vouchers for working households, direct money help for immigrants and refugees, and monetary help to small companies. Residents and companies can discover a checklist of existing COVID-19 relief resources and policies here.
The town has a number of current assets to assist small companies keep open in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, town’s Workplace of Financial Improvement (OED) has offered 469 small companies impacted by the COVID-19 with $10,000 grants. OED is accepting applications via Nov. 30, 2020 for $4 million in new Small Enterprise Stabilization Grants.
The Seattle Hearth Division additionally has quite a lot of choices for enterprise homeowners searching for to expand their operations outdoors, together with curbside pickup, free avenue use and block closure permits, and free tent and heating permits. Free avenue use permits for companies can be found via Oct. 31, 2021. Companies can apply here.
“We’re persevering with to be revolutionary in how we offer funding and help to companies in Tacoma and Pierce County. We are going to quickly launch Have fun Tacoma, a searchable database of companies that promote on to customers and are licensed and positioned inside Tacoma’s metropolis limits. Have fun Tacoma highlights eating places, native retailers and repair companies which were particularly arduous hit by COVID-19,” stated Mayor Victoria Woodards.
“Whereas we’re in some harmful days, notably when the climate is chilly and forces us indoors, the place the virus thrives, there may be mild on the finish of this tunnel. We are going to proceed to battle, adapt and persevere. It could be months earlier than we’re completely out of the clear, however medical advances are placing us nearer to the objective of restoring all actions ultimately. For now, we should preserve everybody’s pursuits in thoughts and take steps that shield all Washingtonians,” Inslee stated.
It is a growing checklist. Extra jurisdictions shall be introduced as they arrive ahead with support.