Public health is working every day with our representatives, commissioners, and the business community to set the path for our economy to re-open safely, and as quickly as possible.
Since guidance for re-opening is continuously being updated, visit the links on this page often for current guidance on how to safely return to normal economic activity.
To keep us moving toward an open economy, we must maintain the basic health and safety precautions that have helped slow the spread of the virus: frequent cleaning and handwashing, social distancing, wearing facial coverings, and avoiding crowded places. Be sure to educate your employees about the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread, encourage workers to stay home and get tested if they feel sick, and encourage customers to wear face coverings.
Facial Covering Requirements
By Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03, no business may operate, allow a customer to enter a business, or conduct in-person business with a customer in any public setting unless the customer is wearing a face covering (exceptions outlined in the link above).
Reporting COVID-19 cases in your business
Employers who operate in healthcare and social service settings (e.g., senior living communities, homeless shelters, child care programs) should report cases to Public Health while maintaining the confidentiality of anyone who is sick.
Other employers (non-healthcare or social services employers) are encouraged to report cases to Public Health if they believe the virus is spreading through their workforce.
ResourcesReopening the economy is important. We can do it safely and effectively if businesses, public health, community members, and government work together.
- COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers from the Governor
- Okanogan County Economic Alliance COVID-19 Resources
- Business Guidance and resources for employers and business owners from the Washington State Coronavirus Response webpage.
- Business Signage Toolkit from Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Washington State Department of Health Resources and Recommendations
- L&I has released an Agricultural COVID-19 Requirements tool kit to help agricultural employers comply with the employee education requirements.
For the most current COVID-19 Guidance for schools, visit the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the North Central Educational Services District Workplace guidelines.