COVID-19 Weekly Update: July 14th, 2020
Pioneer Square Business Stakeholders-

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working diligently to support the Pioneer Square community through the COVID-19 virus outbreak. This is the 19th update in a a series of weekly messages outlining impacts and resources available. Find each weekly email to date on our website .

*Please see this week's new resources and opportunities highlighted in   RED *

What's Happening

  • *NEW* Earlier this month, seven of nine City of Seattle council members conveyed commitment to cutting the Seattle Police Department (SPD)'s funding by 50%. The preferred path and timeline to those cuts remain unclear. Mayor Jenny Durkan has indicated that she would veto a 50% SPD budget cut and has proposed an adjustment of 20% to the department’s budget, which would allocate several services to other parts of the city. Read more of Mayor Durkan's statement here. It is anticipated that this matter will move quickly at council.

  • *NEW* The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has reinstated paid on-street parking and hourly time limited parking enforcement. Starting yesterday, Monday, July 13, parking will be charged at $0.50/hour in all paid areas; which is the lowest rate allowed according to the Seattle Municipal Code. Find more information here.

  • Gov. Inslee recently announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. Starting today, restaurants will be required to refuse service to those who don’t wear face coverings and under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order. Read more on the announcement here.

  • The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is accepting street use permit applications, which allow restaurants, retail stores, vending trucks and carts to operate in the sidewalk or curb space in front of their business. The free SDOT flexible temporary street use permit options are for sidewalk cafes, merchandise displays, and food and other vending. These temporary permits will be available for up to six months. Find more Information here.

  • On June 27, 2020 Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 through the Safe Start” phased approach. Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, would be impossible at this time due to rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • On Friday June 19th, King County entered Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan. Limited social gatherings may be held with five or fewer people outside your household. Restaurants, retailers and other businesses can serve customers. Most businesses will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow state guidelines designed to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. These call for social distancing, regular hand washing and, with few exceptions, wearing cloth masks. Counties must remain in each stage of the  four-phased "Safe Start" process for at least three weeks, until health authorities can measure their progress towards eliminating the virus. Learn more here.

Reopening Resources

  • The City of Seattle is launching a series of Phase 2 reopening toolkits to help small businesses authorized to reopen under the Governor’s guidance to navigate public health requirements and financial considerations. The toolkits provide critical information for small business owners, including a reopening checklist, resources to access Personal Protective Equipment and financial assistance, testing information, and rent and commercial lease assistance. The City has toolkits for the following industries:Restaurants and taverns, Personal services, Professional services, In-store retail, Fitness and training, Domestic services. The toolkits are available on the City’s new reopening website.

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square has introduced a section on our website to help provide businesses guidance and resources for best practices as they prepare to reopen their doors to customers.

Financial Resources

  • *NEW* Visa has extended its partnership with IFundWomen to support Black women-owned small businesses in through a new grant program and educational resources. These grants provide an opportunity for recipients to grow their businesses and continue to offer much needed services to their communities. Applications are being accepted from June 30, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Learn more and apply here.

  • On June 15 the SBA reopened the EIDL application for new applications from qualified businesses. Businesses that have not previously applied may now apply for the loan which can be used for debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a PPP loan. Read more and apply here.

  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • OED provides technical assistance to businesses applying for SBA loans and understanding the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aids, Relief & Security). This includes helping businesses navigate the application process and documentation. For general inquiries, please email or call 206-684-8090.
  • Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here.
  • Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Note, the deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.
  • The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic development has compiled a summary of the CARES Act and a SBA FAQ.

Worker and Business Resources

  • On July 1st, The Office of Economic Development hosted an informational webinar to discuss updates from Public Health – Seattle & King County, Phase 2 business reopening requirements, support for small businesses reopening and SDOT's temporary outdoor permits. Visit here for webinar recording and presentation slides.

  • OED has created a comprehensive resource page for workers and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and is providing technical assistance to support small businesses. News and information about new policies and resources available from the City of Seattle, the State of Washington, the federal government, and philanthropic partners can be found on the OED's weekly Bottom Line blog.

  • The Office of the Mayor has created a page containing information and links for City of Seattle programs and services that may be helpful for residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Federal Government has launched a comprehensive webpage for small business owners to research their options.

Neighborhood Advocacy

  • *NEW* The Alliance for Pioneer Square will host a virtual information session on Friday, July 17th from 1:30-2:30p where we will be presenting on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Pioneer Square, and the Alliance’s response to support our neighborhood. We will be joined by Beth Purcell (of Purcell Planning and Design) and Nate Cataldo (of Schuchart) to hear about the Occidental Square Park Pavilion construction, as well as representatives from the Downtown Seattle Association to discuss programming in the park. RSVP here to attend (note, a Zoom link will be provided on Thursday, July 16th to those who RSVP). Find previous meeting slides and webinar recordings here.

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square, in collaboration with DEI Creative, has launched an online marketplace as a tool for member businesses to generate revenue through online sales during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read DEI Creative's full press release about Support Local here.To participate in the Pioneer Square Marketplace, register your business here.

Partner Efforts

  • Mayor Durkan has launched “Seattle Protects”, an online marketplace to connect local manufacturers and businesses with organizations, communities, and individuals in need of cloth face coverings. Seattle Protects seeks to help local organizations, businesses, and nonprofits struggling to find face coverings at the scale necessary to serve their workforce. Learn more here.

Neighborhood Spotlight
Simply Seattle is giving away free face masks!

Over the last couple of months, the company has had to close all 4 of it's Seattle stores and move its entire business online. To give back to it's loyal customers and help the community that has supported Simply Seattle over the last 4 months the company has shipped over 40,000 free mask orders out.

Because of the overwhelming support, Simply Seattle added an additional 50,000 masks to the site near the end of June, including a variety of fun new designs. The masks are FREE and can be ordered through the Simply Seattle website ($4.99/mask cost to cover shipping and handling).
Additional Resources

Please let us know how we might best support you. Feel free to contact any of us with comments, questions, suggestions, or concerns.

The Alliance Team