While there’s no question that we’d love for business to be “back to normal,” there are plenty of questions about Biden’s vaccine mandates. President Biden has announced that all companies with more than 100 employees will need to require Covid vaccination or weekly testing. That could impact 80 million workers and employers who break the…

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Recent enhancements to EIDL is good news for some businesses. The SBA announced that there are still funds available for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. This week, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced major enhancements to the COVID EIDL program to better support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Key changes include…

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This week, federal unemployment benefits are ending. This includes the CARES Act and other federal programs that were additional to state benefits. According to ESDWAGOV, the week ending Sept 4 is the last payable week of benefits from these programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – For the self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors and others who don’t qualify…

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If you are older than 5, the reissued mask mandate applies to you. Starting Monday, the state is requiring masks for all indoor spaces. That includes grocery stores, gyms, restaurants, and retail stores. It applies regardless of your vaccination status. Masks are also strongly recommended in crowded outdoor settings like sporting events, fairs, and concerts…

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Kids are finally preparing to go back to school and Inslee announced that vaccination is required for all state educators. This applies to nearly everyone who works in education, from daycare centers to higher learning. Everyone, from bus drivers to teachers to coaches and volunteers has until Oct 18 to receive a Covid shot. With…

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Can an employer legally require staff to receive the Covid vaccine? What can employers do if an employee refuses? As businesses consider the science behind the idea of truly reopening with widespread herd immunity, you might wonder if you can require vaccination of your employees. If everyone is vaccinated, then they can work together more…

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More and more businesses are requiring vaccines following a state mandate earlier this week. On Aug 9, Inslee announced that state employees, private health care and long-term care workers must have the Covid vaccine. That announcement accelerated some businesses’ plans for requiring proof of vaccination for their staff. And it perhaps, encouraged others to jump on…

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Inslee ramps up efforts to fight the Covid battle with new vaccine mandates. Most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers need full vaccination status no later than Oct. 18. The Delta variant is causing our hospitals to worry about capacity. In fact, hospitalizations from Covid in the Puget Sound and around the state…

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The CDC has updated their guidance for masking. How has your business responded? Do you have a plan if the rules change yet again? Last week, on July 27, the CDC released new guidance on masking. They now recommend that all fully vaccinated Americans to start wearing masks indoors if they live in places with…

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While there’s still a chance that it could happen before June 30, we are now approaching Reopening Week. Inslee has stated, ““Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70% of people 16 and…

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The state is offering an incentive program to encourage everyone to get your shot so we can fully reopen the state by June 30. Businesses know that fully reopening their doors is the key to growth and you can help if you get your shot. The state’s goal to remove restrictions by the end of…

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Our colleagues at the Tacoma Pierce Chamber of Commerce shared their Operation Control Our Own Destiny event with the FME Chamber. We received the following information from an email and wanted to share it with you. We know that Pierce County needs to get vaccinated. This is an important step so we can actually move…

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Does your nonprofit qualify for the new nonprofit Community Recovery Grant? The recent Restaurant Revitalization Grants offered relief aimed at a sector of the hospitality industry. And now, The WA State Department of Commerce has partnered with Artfunds to ensure that other nonprofits are included. Recognizing nonprofits play a vital role in helping our community…

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While we expected a new evaluation of movement between phases, the governor announced a pause on the roadmap to recovery. On April 16, Pierce County moved backwards into phase 2. This meant reduced capacity for retail stores, indoor dining, gyms, salons, and more. The capacity limit dropped from 50% capacity permitted in Phase 3 to…

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The SBA is offering a Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide emergency assistance to qualifying businesses. Qualifying food establishments who have experienced revenue loss due to the pandemic are eligible to apply for grant funds. Awards range from a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $5 million per location ($10 million max per business.) The…

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Starting Tuesday, April 27, Covid vaccines will be available at the Tacoma Dome for drive thru or walk up service. Pierce County Department of Emergency Management has shared the following information in a press release on the 21st. Tacoma Dome is home for Pierce County’s vaccination effort for six weeks starting April 27. Pierce County…

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