Safe Start Washington - Phased Reopening County-By-County
By Governor Jay Inslee
On May 1, Inslee announced a four-phase "Safe Start Washington" plan, which would reopen businesses and activities in a phased manner. The state amended that plan on May 31st after half the counties in the state asked to proceed to Phase 2. The governor announced on May 29 that openings would be determined county-by-county. On June 1, each county can begin in their current phase. Any county can apply to the secretary of Health to move to the next phase. The application process will require the county to report on key metrics set by the secretary of Health along with other quantitative and qualitative data.
The plan involves assessing COVID-19 activity along with health care system readiness, testing capacity and availability, case and contact investigations, and ability to protect high-risk populations. The plan allows counties and the secretary of Health to holistically review COVID-19 activity and the ability for the county to respond when determining if a county is ready to move into a new phase. View Full Safe Start Document Here>
Phase 2 Safety and Health Requirements for Manufacturers
All Manufacturing facilities must adopt a written procedure that is at least as strict as the Phase 2 Safety and Health Requirements issued by Governor Inslee on May 12, 2020.
Previously authorized manufacturing operations must implement all requirements under Phase 2, Manufacturing Facility COVID-19 Requirements by May 27, 2020, or may operate under a separately approved plan by the Department of Labor and Industries - see memo from Governor Jay Inslee dated May 12, 2020. All remaining manufacturing businesses are expected to open under Phase 2 — earliest expected date for Seattle area based on current data trends is June 1.
Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers List:
March 24, 2020 - Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers List. The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works. Source: FDA and The Office of the Governor
To clarify status, or request inclusion on the list, please fill out this form.
Reliable State/County Resources & Information:
- Washington State Department of Health novel coronavirus call center: 1-800-525-0127
Office of the Governor
Washington Department of Health:
Association of Washington Business(AWB)
Employer Resources Webinars - Register for Future Webinars Here
March 30, 2020 - AWB President Kris Johnson is joined by federal leaders and financial experts to discuss the recently passed $2 trillion CARES Act. Today’s guests include U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Mary Burke Baker of K&L Gates, Jack Heath and Mark Perko with Washington Trust Bank, and Keith Smith and Chris Netram of the National Association of Manufacturers
March 10, 2020 - AWB's COVID-19 tele-conference with Gov. Jay Inslee and other top state leaders who offered up-to-date information to about 1,200 attendees.