July 24th Update – Okanogan County Remains in Phase 2
As of July 24th, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington’s Safe Start Phased Reopening plan.
Okanogan County remains in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan.
As businesses continue to move through phased reopening stages, changing requirements and new state mandates, TwispWorks understands that individual businesses will have unique needs and questions.
TwispWorks staff are available to help individual businesses talk through reopening plans, help research resources and navigate our network of local service and are available for scheduled one on one consultations.
Email our Business Advocate and Referral Specialists to schedule an appointment.
All businesses open in Phase 2, or planning to reopen in Phase 3,are strongly encouraged to prepare a Safe Start Reopen Plan outlining how your workplace will prevent the spread of Covid-19. Some businesses, such as fitness studios, are required to have a written plan in place prior to reopening.
Business owners should refer to the State’s industry specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate and what should be included in your Safe Start Reopen Plan. But as a basic guideline the Okanogan Economic Alliance has prepared a sample Safe Start Reopen Plan.
Email BusinessSupport@TwispWorks.Org for the complete Smart Restart Toolkit put together by our friends at the Okanogan Economic Alliance.
It’s never too early to prepare! Check out this list of What’s Open and What is Required for what you’ll need to know when we are eventually released into Phase 3.
Business Owners & Employees!
Please take our surveys for Business Owner’s and Employees. We are gathering information on the financial impacts of Covid, as well as other information to help understand the challenges to our business community and employees of the Methow Valley. The surveys are part of our ongoing Economic Study, due to be shared in November.
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.
Click here for the most up to date information from the State’s Coronavirus Response page
Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection. Click here for L&I’s Facial Coverings & Mask Requirements. Employees may choose to wear their own facial covering at work provided it meets minimum requirements. Finally, employers must post signage strongly encouraging customers to wear facial coverings.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industry has put together this helpful document to help you find the right mask for your task.
Locally manufactured masks are available from the following:
The DailyMask from eqpd gear – order here
Organic Hemp Masks from Intertwined Designs – order here
Other PPE Resources
The Washington Association of Businesses (AWB), Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association has created great website full of resources to help you Rebound And Recover.
They have also created a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace to help connect businesses with PPE manufacturers of items like gloves, gowns and more!
Amazon sells large acrylic sheets that can be modified for use as plexiglass barriers for register stations. We’ll let you know if we hear of a local source for this!
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. Read the entire bulletin here.
Nightly Rentals, Hotels, B&B's
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
From the Washington State Department of Health Transient Accommodations (Hotels, Motels, B&Bs,
etc.) during COVID-19 Pandemic
From the Centers For Disease Control Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities
From the American Hotel & Lodging Association Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Guidelines
Other Helpful Templates & Signage
Safety Plan Templates
Phase 3 Business Plan Template →