Local Businesses & COVID-19
With the Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order proclaimed by Governor Inslee this week, all non-essential businesses are required to close down until at least April 6, 2020. A list of essential businesses can be found here.
We realize that the definition of essential business can be difficult to interpret. If residents and businesses do not comply with this order, Governor Inslee has promised to “discuss possible enforcement mechanisms in the coming days.” For the time being, local and state police will not be asked to enforce these conditions, outside of dispersing large gatherings.
For now, our city and police department are urging businesses to voluntarily comply with the Governor’s order and to remain closed during this time. We will not be taking proactive enforcement actions against businesses at this time but may contact some businesses on a case by case basis to gain compliance.
Please do not contact the city or the police department regarding these businesses. If a citizen wishes to report what they perceive to be a business operating against the terms of this order, they can send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a business and want to get an interpretation from the state on whether or not your business is essential, you can submit your inquiry here.
Resources for Local Businesses
- The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce has a resource page for local small businesses.
- Pierce County provides COVID-19 Business Updates & Information including the Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program.
- Small Business Association Guidance
- The Washington Tourism Alliance is offering assistance to businesses to provide online gift cards.
CARES Act Stimulus Package
- A summary of the stimulus package is available here.
- A section-by-section summary of the stimulus package is available here.
- A question and answer document on the stimulus package is available here.
- A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act is available here.
- A summary of the small business provisions included in the CARES Act is available here.
- A section-by-section summary of the small business provisions in the CARES Act is available here.
Additional information on how to apply for CARES Act grants and loans will be available at SBA.gov as soon as it is available.