Burien Forward Together

Updated August 9, 2021

Our entire community has made tremendous sacrifices in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we all may feel fatigued and worried about what the future will bring, if we work together, we can protect our community’s health and help our local economy continue to reopen.

The City of Burien is here to help our community make it through the COVID-19 pandemic, Burien businesses reopen safely, and to provide relevant, timely, and helpful resources to support local economic recovery efforts. The City is actively working with regional agencies and organizations to provide resources and support.

How the City of Burien is Supporting our Community

We’re supporting our local businesses by:

  • Offering the City of Burien Small Business Relief and Recovery Grant Program. 169 businesses received $5,000 grants totaling $845,000 in funding to help mitigate economic impacts of the pandemic.
  • Adjusting permit requirements for outdoor dining and waiving permit fees for restaurants.
  • Deferring B&O tax payments for 90 days during the first two quarters of 2020 o offer flexibility to businesses managing their finances during this crisis.
  • Delaying implementation of the plastic bag ban and compostables ordinance to make it easier for businesses to follow public health guidelines.
  • Sharing information about grant and loan opportunities, state industry guidelines, reopening strategies, how to access to free personal protective equipment, and connections to partner organizations for support and guidance.
  • Supporting shop local marketing efforts, including the creation of the online Burien restaurant directory, “Burien Eat Streets”.
  • Advocating for Burien businesses with King County and the State of Washington for resources and inclusion on recovery planning efforts.
  • Creating new communications channels to disseminate timely information to our businesses including: Economic Development E-Newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram channels.
  •  Collaborating with community groups to organize the 2020 “It’s a Wonderful Burien” event series to encourage more local shopping and dining.
  •  Partnering with Discover Burien to provide more opportunities for microenterprise development via the Burien Winter Market in Town Square Park. 

You Can Help Move Burien Forward

By getting vaccinated, continuing to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more, and use of cloth face coverings in public we can reduce the number of people contracting the virus in Burien. It requires collective effort to keep our neighbors safe and help our local economy reopen. You can help by:

Questions or concerns? Please reach out to us at communications@burienwa.gov.