COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Updated August 6, 2020 

Attention Commercial Property Taxpayer

The King County Assessor’s office has begun the annual process of mailing out re-valuation notices to taxpayers. Notices will begin arriving to commercial property taxpayers soon.

Concurrent with these mailings, the King County Assessor is launching an online portal allowing commercial property taxpayers to report impacts to their businesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to assist the Assessor’s office in setting accurate property valuations.

These changes in value caused by COVID will be reflected in the 2021 assessed value for taxes payable in 2022.

Safe Start Plan

On July 23, Governor Inslee announced changing guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. Please find the updates here.

On June 19, King County was approved to move into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Plan, which immediately allows reopenings of more activities and businesses. For more details and guidance on the industries, please visit the King County page

Indoor service prohibition for bars, taverns, distilleries and wineries amended

On July 28, it was announced that indoor service at taverns, breweries, wineries, and distilleries was to be prohibited. A July 31 update clarified that such indoor service is prohibited unless certain food service is provided. Alcohol service, delivery and consumption at all establishments must end at 10 p.m. until Phase 4.

Seating arrangement rules for restaurants, bars, wineries and distilleries amended

On July 31, Gov. Inslee issued a clarification of regulations affecting food and liquor service establishments.

Indoor fitness guidance amended

Business activity guidance for indoor fitness and training has been updated to clarify face covering requirements, adjusted occupancy limits, and allows for a greater variety of sport and fitness training activity to take place. The updates will be effective Aug. 10. 

No Mask, No Service proclamation

On July 7, a new order was issued for businesses to enforce face covering requirements went into effect. This PDF document provides some best practices about how businesses can comply with and implement the requirements.

Masks and Face Coverings

All Washingtonians are required to wear cloth face coverings in public.

Effective Friday, June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.

  • Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two are excepted. Children aged 2-4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering with adult assistance.
  • Individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household.

Employers must provide workers with appropriately protective facial coverings for the worker’s risk of exposure.

Per the Safe Start plan, all Washington employers are required to provide (at no cost to employees) and require the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for the worker's risk of exposure. Cloth face coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone unless their risk profile dictates a higher level of protection.

Free Small Business Safe Start Kits

King County is providing free cloth face coverings and disposable masks for free to small businesses to help keep your employees healthy and safe. All PPE supplies will be shipped to you directly (shipping costs will apply). Order your supplies today.

Free Mask Distribution for Burien Residents

The City of Burien is distributing 16,000 free cloth face coverings (masks) to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Burien. 

Families can pick up two free masks per family member on Thursday, August 6, from 4-6 p.m. at Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd St, Suite 300. Call (206) 241-4647 if you have questions.


Signage is a great way for businesses to communicate what you are doing to best ensure a clean, safe, and comfortable environment and experience for your customers. Let shoppers, diners, and staff know you are ready to welcome them back safely!

For easy to print multilingual signage geared towards customers and staff, visit King County's COVID-19 resources page for downloadable content.

PPE Marketplace

Beginning June 8, 2020 all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety requirements. Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

The Association of Washington Business has launched a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) marketplace to help businesses connect to vendors so you can keep your employees and customers safe.

Be sure to follow City of Burien’s Economic Development Facebook and Instagram pages for more resources for workers, job opportunities, and updated information about the Burien business community.

Check out our resources for workers and community as well. Please see our disclaimer below.

Grants for Business Owners
  •  GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund: One-time $500 matching grant program for independently owned and operated businesses.

  • Ready for Business Small Business Recovery Fund: The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and Comcast have launched a small business grant program to help recipients recover from the economic crisis. Apply to win a $2,500 cash grant by Friday, September 4, 2020. 
  • Puget Sound Energy Foundation is providing grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 serve and reopen operations. Grant sizes range between $1,000 - $20,000. First deadlineAugust 31 with awards in October; Second deadlineOctober 1 with awards in December.

Loans for Business Owners

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The SBA offers an Economic Injury Loan Advance of up to $10,000 to businesses up to 500 employees. The advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue during the pandemic.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Congress reopened applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and extended the deadline to August 8. PPP loans allow small businesses to keep workers on their payroll. There are some new updates to the program:

  • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1% 
  • Loan payments are deferred for 6 months 
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required 
  • Businesses now have 24 weeks (previously 8 weeks) to spend at least 60% (previously 75%) of the loan amount on qualified payroll expenses(or business income if you are sole prop or independent contractor)
  • Up to 40% (previously 25%) of the loan amount can be spent on non-payroll costs, specifically rent, utilities, mortgage interest related to business on obligations in place prior to 2/15/20. 
  • If a borrower is unable to rehire previously employed individuals or similarly qualified employees, the borrower will not have its loan forgiveness amount reduced based on the reduction in full-time equivalent employees.
  • For portions of the loan that are not forgiven, it becomes a 5 year loan at 1% (previously 2 year loan). 

For more information, please visit the SBA webpage.

Business Webinars

Add to your business toolbox of resources and sharpen your business acumen with these webinars geared to help you make your business stronger.


SMART Webinar: De-escalation
Friday, August 7 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In this session, we'll hear from subject matter experts who will break down best practices in de-escalation training and how to respond to someone experiencing crisis in storefront offices spaces. Register today.


Entrenamiento para utilizar la aplicación de Zoom
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sábado 8 de agosto de 2020

Zoom han sido útiles para conectar e involucrar a nuestras comunidades, particularmente por el COVID-19. Por lo tanto, es más importante que nunca garantizar la equidad digital y el acceso a estas herramientas. 

Este entrenamiento cubrirá:

  • Conceptos básicos de Zoom y resumen de sus herramientas
  • Seguridad y protección de sus datos
  • Consejos y trucos sobre facilitación

 Regístrese hoy. Por favor, envíe un correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta.


Elevate NW Conference 2020

The third annual Elevate NW, a FREE conference hosted by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the growth and success of small businesses in the Seattle metro region. RSVP for these sessions.

  • Session One: Monday, Aug. 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Access to Capital
  • Session Two: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pivoting & Future Proofing Your Business
  • Session Three: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Best Practices for Reopening
  • Session Four Aug. 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Keynote Presentation
City of Burien Resources

In order to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Burien is providing assistance with accessing financial assistance and other useful information on mitigating impacts.

  • B&O tax deferral: The City is deferring the second quarter 2020 Business and Occupation (B&O) tax filing and payment due date from July 31, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Additional information will be provided when the second quarter B&O tax notices are mailed in late June. Please continue to file your quarterly B&O tax return statements with the City
  • COVID-19 response strategies for businesses: Find tips and strategies for businesses in responding to COVID-19 in the downloadable flyers in EnglishSpanish, and Vietnamese.
  • Outdoor Dining: Restaurants are permitted to operate with outdoor dining, at 50 percent of existing outdoor capacity, and indoor dining limited to 25 percent of building capacity under the state's Safe Start Plan. Find our online permit center here.

    To maximize dining area seating while minimizing public health impacts:

    • The City has quickly taken steps to relax requirements, expedite permitting, and waive permit fees.
    • The City will work with business owners to allow use of existing parking lots for outdoor dining through a Temporary Use Permit application.
    • The Temporary Use Permit application fee will be waived.

    For expansion of outdoor dining in public right of way:

    • The City currently allows use of sidewalk right of way for outdoor restaurant seating via a right-of-way permit.
    • The City will further permit use of sidewalk right of way in front of directly adjacent businesses with appropriate permissions.
    • All outdoor patio permit fees will be waived for the remainder of the year. Restaurants are still required to obtain a right-of-way permit prior to establishment of outdoor seating.
Safe Start Plan
Here is a list of what businesses are open and which remain closed as we are currently in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan for King County.
CARES Act Stimulus Bill: Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

CARES Act: Expanded Unemployment Assistance for Sole Proprietors

If you are a sole-proprietor or self-employed worker impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for new expanded unemployment assistance benefits enabled by the Federal CARES Act. This checklist will help in understanding whether you may be eligible.

Changes and Deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 

The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and nonprofits to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Lender Match is a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders in 2 days.

Burien Business Advising Services

The City of Burien is partnering with the Small Business Development Center at Highline College (SBDC) to provide free business advising to Burien businesses. To talk with an SBDC business adviser or get assistance with the SBA disaster loan application process. Please contact: (206) 592-4151 or

Additionally, multilingual and multicultural support is available to businesses. Please see this PDF for participating community organizations.

Emergency Tools and Resources for Businesses

Below are some emergency employment, workforce, and mitigation resources that may be helpful to your business.

Community organizations that provide multilingual and multicultural support are ready to provide assistance to small businesses. Additionally, there are organizations that also assist with applications for unemployment assistance. Download a PDF list.

State of Washington Resources and Guidelines

King County Resources and Guidelines 

Resources from Other Agencies and Organizations

  • Resources for Restaurants and Grocery Store (webinar) 
  • Free Legal Assistance: The Communities Rise COVID-19 legal clinics are offering Washington state entrepreneurs, small businesses of less than 50 employees, and nonprofits who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis the opportunity to receive free legal advice during a 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. You can submit an inquiry form to request an appointment. For questions, please call (206) 324-5850 or via

Washington State Department of Commerce announces Small Business Resiliency Assistance Program 

The Washington State Department of Commerce launched the Small Business Resiliency Assistance program, which will provide technical assistance to cultural and historically disadvantaged businesses small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Partner organizations can provide one-on-one assistance in a variety of languages.

Retail and Restaurant Businesses

Phase 2 guidelines for food establishments

Under the Governor’s Safe Start plan, Phase 2 allows restaurants and taverns to open with strict safety and health measures. This plan for reopening is devised to safely increase business, protects public health and meets Phase 2 requirements. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Washington Hospitality Association Resources

The Washington Hospitality Association has a special searchable online Coronavirus Resource Guide with resources such as a Restaurant Opening Guide, signage, vendor sources for supplies, and on-demand webinars to provide pragmatic guidelines and best practices for operating in Phase 2.

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation will also provide zero-interest loans to businesses so that they can maintain payroll during closure or reopen once the crisis is over. Those in need of assistance are asked to email

State of Washington Resources and Guidelines for Retail and Restaurants

King County Resources and Guidelines for Retail and Restaurants

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, public health officials and industry representatives to help restaurants with recommended guidance (PDF) designed to provide you with a basic summary to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Marketing Your Business during the Crisis
  1. Have an online presence by sharing updated hours of operation, menu or product pictures, personalized pleas for community support on your social media pages, website, and by sharing with the public Facebook group, Burien Strong: United Against COVID-19 and other online groups.
  2. Ensure customers can access your products and services online and through meal or other delivery apps. Actively promote gift cards to your customer base. Encourage that gift giving spirit in your customer by gifting your products and services to family, friends, and first responders.
  3. To expand your customer base, let these outlets know you are open for business:
    • The Westside Herald is keeping a list of Burien businesses. If you own a restaurant that's doing take out or delivery that is not listed here, please email
    • The Seattle Small Biz Mapincludes Burien business, too! Email them at, and they'll get your business added to the map.
    • Intentionalist groups small businesses by neighborhoods. And with their mission to #SpendLikeitMatters, it's now more relevant than ever!
  4. Seattle Times is offering a free business listing to let readers know that you are open for business.
Resources for Employees

Check out the Workers Resources page for support options for your employees.

Contact Us 

If you have any questions about business resources or referrals for assistance, please reach out to us at


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