Do you have a question regarding financial help, safety guidelines, Unemployment insurance, or any others in regard to your business operating through the pandemic? Here is the Inquiry form from Washington State.
Vaccine Toolkit for Employers: This toolkit is for employers interested in helping their staff get vaccinated against COVID-19. Some occupations put staff at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. Employers like you play an important role in helping these staff get access to the vaccine.
This toolkit contains tips and suggestions for hosting a clinic through local partner organizations, or encouraging vaccination offsite in the community. Additional information can be found at the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination website, www.CovidVaccineWA.org.
Governor Inslee and Labor and Industries today released updated mask guidance:
New Publication from the Governor’s Office regarding masking.
The most significant detail related to employers is:
- Fully vaccinated employees do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work, unless their employer or local public health agency still requires it
- Before ending mask and social distance requirements, employers must confirm workers are fully vaccinated — by having the worker either sign a document attesting to their status or provide proof of vaccination.
- Employers must be able to demonstrate they have verified vaccination status for workers who are not masked or physically distanced. Verifications methods may include: –
- Creating a log of workers who have verified they’ve been vaccinated and the date of verification;
- Checking vaccination status each day as workers enter a jobsite;
- Marking a worker’s badge or credential to show that they are vaccinated; or –
- Other methods demonstrating an employer has verified worker vaccination status may also meet the standard.
- When verifying an employee’s vaccine status, acceptable documentation includes a CDC vaccination card, a photo of the card, documentation from a health care provider, a signed attestation from the worker, or documentation from the state immunization information system
Additionally, Governor Inslee Updated Guidance for Customers:
The proclamation clarifies that business owners may adopt an “honor system” and may assume that any customer who is not wearing a face covering has been fully vaccinated. It further clarifies that business owners and local authorities have the option to require that customers wear a face covering, and that local authorities may not prohibit business owners from requiring that their customers wear a face covering.
County status and what is open:
On March 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. A new third phase has been added, effective Monday March 22. The entire state of Washington entered phase three. Here is more information bout that.
The state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard provides data about COVID-19 activity in each county/region as well as a link to a weekly report showing which phase each region is in.
Reopening Guidance for Employers:
Businesses must be able to meet all safety criteria in order to open.
- Safe Start guidance documents are posted on the governor’s website.
- The state Department of Health also provides guidance and information for businesses, non-profits, service providers, health providers and others.
Other Reopening Information:
- All essential businesses are allowed to be open including grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and food producers. You can clarify status, or request inclusion on the list.
- Before visiting state parks or lands, confirm what’s open.
Sign up for Immunization (The portal opens Wednesday mornings at 9am for the next weekend and anyone over 18 years old is welcome now.)
Washington Phased Reopening
- Guidelines for enforcement for the Governor’s order (pdf)
- For employees to file workplace safety and health complaints, call the L&I Call Center: 1-800-423-7233
Clallam County will advance to Phase 3 in reopening plan
As of Monday March 22, 2021 WA is in Phase 3
What does that mean?
Added Phase 3 requirements and modifications:
- Indoor dining capacity allowed at 50%.
- Table size increased to 10 with no household restrictions.
- Alcohol service allowed until 12 a.m
- Renames this guidance document from Restaurant, Tavern, Brewery, Winery and Distillery to Eating and Drinking Establishment.
- Includes night clubs in the list of business types included in this guidance.
- Clarifies food is required to be offered at these businesses.
- Clarifies while some live entertainment is permitted pursuant to the theater and performing arts
guidance document, dancing is prohibited.
- Low and moderate risk sports competitions a permitted. Fitness and training establishments can operate at a maximum of 50% capacity. Showers are allowed.
- Sports competitions and tournaments allowed for all risk categories. Maximum spectators allowed is 400 with capacity restriction depending on the facility. Guided activities are allowed without hard caps subject to restrictions.
- Worship services allowed with up to 50% indoor capacity.
Weddings and Funerals:
- Wedding and funeral ceremonies and indoor receptions, and wakes are permitted and must follow appropriate venue requirements. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking establishment requirements outlined above apply.
- Indoor social gatherings with people from outside your household should not include more than 10 people.
- Outdoor social gatherings shall be limited to 50 people from outside your household.
- Retail stores, including farmers markets, allowed with up to 50% indoor capacity. Curbside pick-up is encouraged.
- Indoor entertainment establishments such as aquariums, theaters, arenas, concert halls, gardens, museums, bowling alleys, trampoline facilities, cardrooms and event spaces are open at a maximum of 50% capacity or 400 people, whichever is less. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking establishment requirements outlined above apply.
- Outdoor entertainment establishments such as zoos, gardens, aquariums, theaters, stadiums, event spaces, arenas, concert venues and rodeos can be open for a maximum of 400 spectators with capacity restrictions depending on the facility. Walk-up tickets are allowed with restrictions.
- Personal services allowed with up to 50% indoor capacity.
- Professional services allowed with up to 50% indoor capacity. Remote work strongly encouraged.
Clallam County’s COVID-19 cases have been in the moderate range recently which means Clallam County has one of the lowest case rates in the state, along with Jefferson and San Juan Counties.