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Tavern and Restaurant Updates

Bar seating and live music are not allowed in bars and restaurants statewide Restaurant and Tavern rules have been updated and bar-style seating and live music are prohibited in both Phases 2 and 3. However, restaurants and taverns in Phase 2 or beyond are permitted to resume self-service buffets, salad bars, and other similar communal…

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Statewide Mask Requirements

Published 6/5. Updated 6/23, 7/8 Businesses may not serve any customer who chooses not to comply with face covering requirements. As of July 7, businesses are required to enforce the rule that that all employees and customers wear masks. The statewide order requires that masks be worn inside any building or business open to the…

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Re-Opening Guidelines – Updated June 26

We will continue to update this page as information comes in. The most recent updates are in bold text. Original Post: 5/12 Updates: 5/13, 5/14, 5/18, 5/19, 5/20, 5/28, 6/2, 6/5, 6/9, 6/12, 6/20, 6/26, 7/7 With the Re-opening Guidelines coming out in pieces through the Phased Approach, the Chamber wants to keep this info…

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Covid Update WA State

Earlier this afternoon, July 2, Gov. Inslee held a press conference which announced an extension of a proclamation that will expand Yakima county restrictions to statewide requirements. Businesses won’t be allowed to serve customers who don’t have face coverings. Bar seating, which was allowed under phase 3, will be cut. Additionally, due to concerns over…

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Changes Made to Washington’s Overtime Rules

Published 1/16/20. Updated 7/1/20 As of today (July 1, 2020) new overtime rules go into effect for exempt employees in Washington. While most salaried workers in our state will not be affected this year, employers should review the recent changes for workers who could be classified as administrative, executive, or professional. In September, we encouraged…

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Reopened – Free PPE for Pierce County Businesses

Published May 20. Updated June 29 On June 29, the chamber found out that this program has been reopened. If you have not yet received your free PPE from the county, fill out the PPE request form. On our Zoom call yesterday, Betty Capestany of the Pierce County Economic Development Department told the Chamber about…

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Impact WA Announces Aid for Manufacturers

The Chamber is happy to share more relief that Impact Washington is sharing with our manufacturing businesses. They’ve already informed us of grants that were available to manufacturers, and how broadly the definition of manufacturer can be. And now, Impact Washington Announces Availability Of $1.2M In CARES Act Funds To Aid Washington Based Manufacturers Impacted…

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Phase 4 Pause for WA

While Pierce County is still only in Phase 2, last week the governor’s office announced that there will be a statewide pause in moving to Phase 4, even though some counties are well into Phase 3. From the Governor’s medium page: Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. John Wiesman announced today the Washington State Department of…

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Written Safety Plan

Posted 6/9. Updated June 19 Some of our members who are essential workers or Phase One businesses have expressed frustration with some of the requirements for keeping their doors open. One member told me today, “It’s a full time job keeping up with everything. That’s all I have been doing for the last few months.”…

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Adaptation Costs for Reopening – Grants

As businesses work to meet the criteria for reopening, some are incurring some pretty hefty expenses with the new safety practices. Pierce County recognizes that and has created a grant program to help offset some of the costs. To be eligible, businesses must: If you qualify, you may be awarded grants up to 50% of…

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