COVID-19 Resources for Workers

Updated July 14, 2020 

This is a quickly evolving situation and the King County website is the best source of current information, including new Public Health orders and recommendations. Please see our disclaimer below.

Be sure to follow City of Burien’s Economic Development Facebook and Instagram pages for more resources for workers, job opportunities, and updated information about the Burien business community.

Washington State Benefits for Employees

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.

Resources for Unemployed Workers from United Way of King County

The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County.

Bartenders, Restaurant, and Personal Service Workers

Big Table Seattle

Big Table Seattle is an initial care resource provider to consider for short term assistance for restaurant workers. Big Table Seattle accepts a referral from another person aware of your need such as a supervisor or coworker. Assistance is provided to those who work in Seattle restaurants.

Referral forms can be found here:

CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees

CORE is dedicated to support employees with children who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you live with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID -19 and are needing to quarantine. Apply for assistance.

James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

Send a request to ask about the criteria in the application process for the JBF Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund. They are working on application materials at this time and will send out information to those who sign up, when it is ready.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. For more information, please visit their webpage

U.S. Bartenders Guild Grant Program

If you are a bartender who is unable to work and need financial assistance to cover basic needs, here is a grant opportunity offered by the U.S. Bartenders Guild.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

If you work in the Restaurant Industry and are looking for financial assistance, the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for individual workers and small businesses in the restaurant industry.

The fund will help individual workers who are facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19. If you need help, please email

One Fair Wage Campaign

The One Fair Wage campaign, a nonprofit created to advocate for restaurant workers, has set up an emergency fund for tipped workers and service workers impacted by the coronavirus. Hay ayuda en español!

The fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more. Those in need must first fill out a form on the website and then an organizer will reach out to them.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF)

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has created the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) to support U.S. restaurant workers financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund will be distributing grants to individuals who apply and meet the RERF eligibility requirements. 

The Plate Fund

The Plate Fund will provide $500 emergency relief grants to individuals in King County who have lost their jobs in the restaurant industry or are experiencing significantly reduced hours of work due to the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible, applicants must have been earning less than $62,000 a year in gross income, inclusive of tips. Apply through their website.

Creative Economy Workers

See more resources for artists under COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits, Arts and Cultural Institutions

Artist Trust Resource List

In response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), Artist Trust has created a growing list of resources to support artists.

Worker Safety
  • State of Washington Worker Safety Guidelines: Under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation, employers are required to implement a social distancing plan, conduct frequent cleaning and sanitizing, and ensure frequent and proper hand washing. The Office of the Governor, Employment Security Department, and Department of Labor & Industries released new worker safety guidance.


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