The recent increase in the spread of COVID-19 cases is very concerning. The latest data show Washington is seeing more than 2,000 new cases a day. In response, new statewide restrictions are taking effect this week.
On Sunday, Nov. 15, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the new restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, indoor dining, retail, gyms, and many other types of establishments. The full, updated guidance is available on the governor’s web page.
The steps are designed to slow the spread of the illness, protect public health, and ensure that hospitals and the medical system are not overwhelmed.
We understand how difficult this is for everyone, personally and professionally. The situation is changing regularly, and we want you to have the latest information.
To help ease financial impacts on businesses and their employees, the state is committing $50 million in aid, including $20 million in Working Washington grants through the state Department of Commerce. Details will be available on the Commerce COVID-19 business page as soon as applications are ready.
Commerce is also using $30 million in CARES funds and working with private investors to create a loan program. The loans will provide favorable terms for businesses struggling to get traditional financing. Commerce will provide details on this new program and loan availability in the coming weeks.
Additional information on the new restrictions is available in an article on the governor’s Medium Page.