COVID-19 Weekly Update: March 31, 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 fourth of a series of weekly messages outlining impacts and resources available. Find the the March 11th here, March 17th here, and March 24th here.

What's Happening

On Monday, March 23rd, Governor Jay Inslee announced a two week "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order which enforces the following measures:

  • Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  • Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
  • Close all businesses except essential businesses. (See the a full list of essential businesses here. To clarify status, or to petition to be added to this list, please email: business@mil.wa.gov.)

Read more about the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" announcement on the governor's Medium page.

Financial Resources

  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Note, the deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.
  • *New* This slide deck can guide you through the disaster loan program and includes step-by-step instructions on completing the application.

  • *New* As closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19 impact the King County cultural sector, 4Culure Cultural Relief Fund will distribute $1 million over the coming months. The first round of funding will be distributed beginning April 1 through May 15. Apply at any time within that time frame

  • *New* Google recently announced that they are providing $340 million in Google Ads credits available to all SMBs with active accounts over the past year. Credit notifications will appear in their Google Ads accounts and can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across Google advertising platforms.


Work and Business Resources

  • The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development is committed to responding to and supporting our small businesses to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. As this is a rapidly developing issue, OED will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join OED every Wednesday, from 11:00am- 12:00pm. A recording and notes from each webinar will be posted to OED's Bottom Line blog.

  • The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is making some temporary modifications to allow businesses to act quickly, including returns of alcohol products (applies to alcohol distributors and alcohol licensees), curbside service and delivery (applies to alcohol licensees with “to-go” privileges), and delivery (applies to alcohol licensees with “delivery” privileges). See the LCB release for more information.

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square has compiled a list of resources and tutorials on “How to Create an Online Store” and “How to Partner with Third-Party Delivery Companies”. Find the full list here.

  • Mayor Jenny A. Durkan recently announced that the Seattle Department of Transportation is converting on-street parking spaces near restaurants to temporary loading zones to facilitate curbside meal pickup. Restaurants can request a loading zone near their establishment by emailing 684-Road@seattle.gov or calling (206) 684-ROAD.

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

  • *New* As part of a #SupportSeattleSmallBiz campaign, The Office of the Mayor has released a new map for locating city businesses that offer takeout and delivery. If you are a business owner who wants to be added to this map, contact the City of Seattle at supportsmallbiz@seattle.gov.


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


Public Safety and Vacant Properties

  • While our community is navigating this difficult time, the Seattle Police Department would like to provide some quick suggestions for securing businesses that now have reduced hours, or who have been forced to temporarily close. Click here for more information.

  • The City of Seattle has regulations and standards for maintaining vacant properties. These standards focus on keeping buildings closed to unauthorized entry and maintaining the structure and yard areas to prevent the accumulation of waste and deterioration of the building. Click here for more information.

  • The Seattle City Attorney’s Office and Seattle Police Department, in conjunction with the Racial Disparity Project, developed new protocols to address trespass issues facing the community called the Trespass Program. The Trespass Program is an agreement among individual property owners, businesses, and Seattle Police Department to regulate conditions of entry on their property. Owners must post signs notifying the public about three conditions of entry and cooperate in the prosecution of those charged with violating those conditions. Property owners and business owners can sign up for the Trespass Program by emailing WPrecinctTrespassProgram@seattle.gov.


Neighborhood Advocacy

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square has created a crowdsourced list of restaurants and retailers offering social distance friendly services. Please share this list widely! Note, this is a working list and will be updated frequently.
  • *New* The Alliance for Pioneer Square will soon launch a marketplace hosted on the Pioneersquare.org web page where business will submit up to 5 products for sale and list delivery/takeout/special operating hours. We will reach out to businesses in the coming days with more information on how to register for the marketplace.

Partner Efforts

  • The Mayor's Office is partnering with Goodwill Industries, Labor union partners, Public Health--Seattle & King County, and the Washington State Department of Health to coordinate the collection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. A survey site has been set up to solicit donations--supplies needed at this time include new and unused N95, P100 and surgical masks, gloves, disposable gowns, eyewear, and more. 

  • The City of Seattle, Greater Seattle Partners, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday they are distributing an Economic Impact Survey to further capture the effects of COVID-19 on businesses and non-profits in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

Neighborhood Spotlights
Fruitsuper/Foundry Vineyards

The teams at Fruitsuper and Foundry Vineyards were set to host a group show curated by Georgetown gallery owner Dawna Holloway (of studio e gallery) entitled Fragrant Lemon. While Fragrant Lemon will open as soon as Fruitsuper/Foundry Vineyards are able to open, the businesses decided to bring a little joy and spot of brightness to the neighborhood while bringing the art show from inside to share with the outside. And to simply celebrate art, staying positive, and making the most of this situation. The Alliance for Pioneer Square does not encourage businesses to board up windows. However, if your business is boarded up and are seeking art to adorn boarded up windows, please reach out to sara@pioneersquare.org

H. Bailey Curated Resale/Sew Generously Bespoke/Lolo's Hair Design
The folks behind the Good Arts Arcade windows have created a window display to emit a coming soon vibe and reassurance that those businesses, including H. Bailey Curated Resale, Sew Generously Bespoke, and Lolo's Hair Design, are still at work refining their businesses. Additional assistance putting the window display came from Scott Burnett, Jane Richlovsky, Steve Coulter, and Autumn Trillium.

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.
Sincerely,

The Alliance Team

ALLIANCE FOR PIONEER SQUARE