Last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced a new Roadmap to Recovery, beginning January 11th. The plan entails a two-phase recovery, based on regional metrics, where every region begins in Phase One and progresses to Phase Two once basic requirements are met. Please review the plan and send your questions to BusinessSupport@TwispWorks.org. Also let us know if you’re interested in the Smart Restart Toolkit put together by our friends at the Okanogan Economic Alliance.
As of June 26th, 2020 All Washingtonians Required To Wear Facial Coverings When In Public
Starting June 26th, Governor Inslee has announced that all Washingtonians, will be required to wear a cloth facial covering when in public. The order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants.
The order also requires face coverings outdoors when individuals can’t stay 6 feet apart. There are a number of exceptions for very young individuals and those with medical considerations. Individuals are not required to wear masks in their homes, when alone in their car, or when outdoors and people are far apart. The only exceptions are when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction.
Masks in the Workplace
Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection. Employees may choose to wear their own facial covering at work provided it meets minimum requirements.
Locally manufactured masks are available from these vendors:
Mask Signage in the Workplace
Employers must post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear facial coverings.
The Washington Association of Businesses (AWB), Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, has created a great website full of resources to help you.
Washington businesses that decide to open or operate in direct violation of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order may be cited and fined for unsafe workplace conditions.
The emergency rules, enacted at the direction of the Governor, took effect May 26th and give the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) the authority to cite businesses for being open or for operating in a way that is purposely defying the phased-in approach and, as a result, putting their workers at risk.
L&I will work with the state Emergency Operations Center to take in and respond to complaints about businesses that are operating illegally. Employers found to be defying the Governor’s order will be informed and directed to close or adjust operations immediately. If they do not, they’ll face a workplace safety citation that could carry a fine of nearly $10,000 or more.
Best Practices for Nightly Accommodations
As of June 5th, the Governor’s office has not released a document outlining requirements specific to the hotel industry, but we have gathered together some best practice resources and will continue to request guidance from state agencies.
- From the Washington Hospitality Organization • Best Practices For Hotels During Coronavirus
- Washington State Department of Health • Transient Accommodations during COVID-19 Pandemic [pdf]
- Centers For Disease Control • Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities
- American Hotel & Lodging Association • Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Guidelines [pdf]
TEMPLATES & SIGNS
Safety Plan Templates
- Phase 3 Business Plan Template [pdf]
- Coronavirus Employee Training [pdf]
- Sample Waiver [pdf]
- Sample Temperature Log [pdf]