COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Updated September 17, 2020 

Attention Commercial Property Taxpayer

The King County Assessor’s office has begun the annual process of mailing out re-valuation notices to taxpayers. Notices will begin arriving to commercial property taxpayers soon.

Concurrent with these mailings, the King County Assessor is launching an online portal allowing commercial property taxpayers to report impacts to their businesses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to assist the Assessor’s office in setting accurate property valuations.

These changes in value caused by COVID will be reflected in the 2021 assessed value for taxes payable in 2022.

Safe Start Plan

On July 23, Governor Inslee announced changing guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. Please find the updates here.

On June 19, King County was approved to move into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Plan, which immediately allows reopenings of more activities and businesses. For more details and guidance on the industries, please visit the King County page

Indoor service prohibition for bars, taverns, distilleries and wineries amended

On July 28, it was announced that indoor service at taverns, breweries, wineries, and distilleries was to be prohibited. A July 31 update clarified that such indoor service is prohibited unless certain food service is provided. Alcohol service, delivery and consumption at all establishments must end at 10 p.m. until Phase 4.

Seating arrangement rules for restaurants, bars, wineries and distilleries amended

On July 31, Gov. Inslee issued a clarification of regulations affecting food and liquor service establishments.

Indoor fitness guidance amended

Business activity guidance for indoor fitness and training has been updated to clarify face covering requirements, adjusted occupancy limits, and allows for a greater variety of sport and fitness training activity to take place. The updates will be effective Aug. 10. 

No Mask, No Service proclamation

On July 7, a new order was issued for businesses to enforce face covering requirements went into effect. This PDF document provides some best practices about how businesses can comply with and implement the requirements.

The Office of the Governor has offered best practices for business owners in summary of recent face covering requirements. Anticipating exchanges between businesses and unmasked customers, the document offers some do's (ask if a medical issue complicates mask use, arrange certain safety accommodations) and don'ts (ask for details or proof of disability or medical condition).

Employers must provide workers with appropriately protective facial coverings for the worker’s risk of exposure.

Per the Safe Start plan, all Washington employers are required to provide (at no cost to employees) and require the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for the worker's risk of exposure. Cloth face coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone unless their risk profile dictates a higher level of protection.


Signage is a great way for businesses to communicate what you are doing to best ensure a clean, safe, and comfortable environment and experience for your customers. Let shoppers, diners, and staff know you are ready to welcome them back safely!

For easy to print multilingual signage geared towards customers and staff, visit King County's COVID-19 resources page for downloadable content.

PPE Marketplace

Beginning June 8, 2020 all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety requirements. Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

The Association of Washington Business has launched a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) marketplace to help businesses connect to vendors so you can keep your employees and customers safe.

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.

Check out our resources for workers and community as well. Please see our disclaimer below.

Grants for Business Owners
  • The Seattle Metro Chamber, which serves as the King County Associate Development organization, is working to ensure that $580,000 in federal funding from the federal CARES Act reaches King County small businesses. Awards of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 are available to small businesses and 501 (c)(6) nonprofit business service organizations within King County. Applications are available beginning September 14.
  • Puget Sound Energy Foundation is providing grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 serve and reopen operations. Grant sizes range between $1,000 - $20,000. First deadlineAugust 31 with awards in October; Second deadlineOctober 1 with awards in December.
  •  Hello Alice Business for All initiatives offer two types of funding opportunities for small businesses. Small businesses can apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, or apply for $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis.
  • The Red Backpack Fund is an initiative started by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation. GlobalGiving will be making $5,000 grants to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. For more details, see the FAQ. The application portal will open at 12 p.m. ET on Sept. 8 and close at 12 p.m. ET on Sept 15.
Loans for Business Owners

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The SBA offers an Economic Injury Loan Advance of up to $10,000 to businesses up to 500 employees. The advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue during the pandemic.

Business Webinars

Add to your business toolbox of resources and sharpen your business acumen with these webinars geared to help you make your business stronger.

Creating Profitable Marketing Strategies

Thursday, September 17

9 a.m.–10 a.m.

The Washington SBDC hosts this free webinar which will examine how to drive every conversation forward with the right calls to action to make your marketing efforts more efficient and effective. 

Pacific Northwest Study Mission: Reenergizing an Inclusive Economy

Wednesday, September 16

11 a.m.–Noon

As we head into the next stages of economic revitalization, how are businesses not only going to recover, but reenergize the economy in a way that is beneficial to all. Register for this webinar brought to you by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $15 - $25

National Small Business Week

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host virtual panels. Register today

Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. EDT– “Preparing for a stronger tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation

Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series - America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions - SBA’s Veteran Resources and Veteran Success Story Videos

Thursday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT – “Preparing for a stronger tomorrow: Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation

Day’s events include:
Panel Discussion Series - America’s Strength, Learning to Pivot and Innovate
Mid-day Sessions - The Business Landscape of today and Federal and Local Resources to Empower Small Businesses

Pacific Northwest Study Mission: Equity in Education

Wednesday, September 23

11 a.m.–Noon

Hear from education and equity experts on how to adapt not only to a pandemic, but to the conversations of civil rights and racial justice in our classrooms. Register for this webinar brought to you by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Cost:  $15 - $25

Pacific Northwest Study Mission: The State of Events

Wednesday, September 30

11 a.m.–Noon

Industry experts will share how they've had had to adapt and how, moving forward, the show will go on, safely. Register for this webinar brought to you by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Cost:  $15 - $25

2020 Small Businesses and Non-Profit Resources and Planning Workshop

Wednesday, September 30

10 a.m.

Congresswoman Jayapal is partnering with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide local businesses and organizations with a free resource and planning workshop. The SBA will provide an overview of programs and services for accessing federal funding, existing funding programs, and funding to make your business more environmentally sustainable. There will also be time for you to ask SBA your questions directly. RSVP is required, please register here.

City of Burien Resources

In order to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Burien is providing assistance with accessing financial assistance and other useful information on mitigating impacts.

  • B&O tax deferral: The City is deferring the second quarter 2020 Business and Occupation (B&O) tax filing and payment due date from July 31, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Additional information will be provided when the second quarter B&O tax notices are mailed in late June. Please continue to file your quarterly B&O tax return statements with the City
  • COVID-19 response strategies for businesses: Find tips and strategies for businesses in responding to COVID-19 in the downloadable flyers in EnglishSpanish, and Vietnamese.
  • Outdoor Dining: Restaurants are permitted to operate with outdoor dining, at 50 percent of existing outdoor capacity, and indoor dining limited to 25 percent of building capacity under the state's Safe Start Plan. Find our online permit center here.

    To maximize dining area seating while minimizing public health impacts:

    • The City has quickly taken steps to relax requirements, expedite permitting, and waive permit fees.
    • The City will work with business owners to allow use of existing parking lots for outdoor dining through a Temporary Use Permit application.
    • The Temporary Use Permit application fee will be waived.

    For expansion of outdoor dining in public right of way:

    • The City currently allows use of sidewalk right of way for outdoor restaurant seating via a right-of-way permit.
    • The City will further permit use of sidewalk right of way in front of directly adjacent businesses with appropriate permissions.
    • All outdoor patio permit fees will be waived for the remainder of the year. Restaurants are still required to obtain a right-of-way permit prior to establishment of outdoor seating.
Safe Start Plan
Here is a list of what businesses are open and which remain closed as we are currently in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan for King County.
CARES Act Stimulus Bill: Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

CARES Act: Expanded Unemployment Assistance for Sole Proprietors

If you are a sole-proprietor or self-employed worker impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for new expanded unemployment assistance benefits enabled by the Federal CARES Act. This checklist will help in understanding whether you may be eligible.

Changes and Deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 

The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and nonprofits to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Lender Match is a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders in 2 days.

Burien Business Advising Services

The City of Burien is partnering with the Small Business Development Center at Highline College (SBDC) to provide free business advising to Burien businesses. To talk with an SBDC business adviser or get assistance with the SBA disaster loan application process. Please contact: (206) 592-4151 or

Additionally, multilingual and multicultural support is available to businesses. Please see this PDF for participating community organizations.

Emergency Tools and Resources for Businesses

Below are some emergency employment, workforce, and mitigation resources that may be helpful to your business.

Community organizations that provide multilingual and multicultural support are ready to provide assistance to small businesses. Additionally, there are organizations that also assist with applications for unemployment assistance. Download a PDF list.

State of Washington Resources and Guidelines

King County Resources and Guidelines 

Resources from Other Agencies and Organizations

  • Resources for Restaurants and Grocery Store (webinar) 
  • Free Legal Assistance: The Communities Rise COVID-19 legal clinics are offering Washington state entrepreneurs, small businesses of less than 50 employees, and nonprofits who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis the opportunity to receive free legal advice during a 45-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. You can submit an inquiry form to request an appointment. For questions, please call (206) 324-5850 or via

Washington State Department of Commerce announces Small Business Resiliency Assistance Program 

The Washington State Department of Commerce launched the Small Business Resiliency Assistance program, which will provide technical assistance to cultural and historically disadvantaged businesses small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Partner organizations can provide one-on-one assistance in a variety of languages.

Retail and Restaurant Businesses

Phase 2 guidelines for food establishments

Under the Governor’s Safe Start plan, Phase 2 allows restaurants and taverns to open with strict safety and health measures. This plan for reopening is devised to safely increase business, protects public health and meets Phase 2 requirements. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Washington Hospitality Association Resources

The Washington Hospitality Association has a special searchable online Coronavirus Resource Guide with resources such as a Restaurant Opening Guide, signage, vendor sources for supplies, and on-demand webinars to provide pragmatic guidelines and best practices for operating in Phase 2.

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation will also provide zero-interest loans to businesses so that they can maintain payroll during closure or reopen once the crisis is over. Those in need of assistance are asked to email

State of Washington Resources and Guidelines for Retail and Restaurants

King County Resources and Guidelines for Retail and Restaurants

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association partnered with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, public health officials and industry representatives to help restaurants with recommended guidance (PDF) designed to provide you with a basic summary to help mitigate exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Marketing Your Business during the Crisis
  1. Have an online presence by sharing updated hours of operation, menu or product pictures, personalized pleas for community support on your social media pages, website, and by sharing with the public Facebook group, Burien Strong: United Against COVID-19 and other online groups.
  2. Ensure customers can access your products and services online and through meal or other delivery apps. Actively promote gift cards to your customer base. Encourage that gift giving spirit in your customer by gifting your products and services to family, friends, and first responders.
  3. To expand your customer base, let these outlets know you are open for business:
    • The Westside Herald is keeping a list of Burien businesses. If you own a restaurant that's doing take out or delivery that is not listed here, please email
    • The Seattle Small Biz Map includes Burien business, too! Email them at, and they'll get your business added to the map.
    • Intentionalist groups small businesses by neighborhoods. And with their mission to #SpendLikeitMatters, it's now more relevant than ever!
  4. Seattle Times is offering a free business listing to let readers know that you are open for business.
Resources for Employees

Check out the Workers Resources page for support options for your employees.

Contact Us 

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