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COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Government Agencies

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4 phases of reopening

We submitted our Phase 2 application. Secretary of Health John Wiesman will now review the application. If he has questions or concerns, we'll work quickly to address them. We are still in Phase 1 until the application is approved.

Return to work safely. 

Free personal protective equipment for Pierce County businesses 

Pierce County will provide free personal protective equipment (PPE) to county businesses. This includes disposable, non-surgical masks and no-touch infrared forehead thermometers.   

Businesses should complete a PPE request form at www.piercecountywa.gov/BusinessPPE. Pierce County will distribute the PPE from June 1-3, while supplies last. 

Is your business preparing to re-open? 

Use the tools and tips below to help open you business safely. See more information about reopening guidance

We want to ensure Pierce County businesses reopen while maintaining the health and safety of employees and the public. Use this template to create a safety plan for your business or organization. 

If you still have questions call (855) 722-5378. We are here Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., except holidays. 

Keep your employees and customers healthy.

 Post healthy reminders for your employees.

How to prepare for COVID-19 in your business

Businesses should plan how to decrease the spread COVID-19 during the pandemic. We recommended the following strategies.

Urge employees, particularly sick ones, to stay home.

  • Employees with a fever or who show symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home.
  • Don't require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness.
  • Encourage all employees to protect themselves: 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

Download our Triage for Medical Need infographic, available in multiple languages:

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Implement social distancing.

  • All employees should telework as much as possible.
  • Apply social distancing methods:
    • Offer flexible work hours. 
    • Stagger work schedules.
    • Avoid contact like handshakes or high-fives. Maintain 6 feet of separation.
    • Remove large work-related gatherings like conferences or staff meetings.
    • Meet via phone or electronically, rather than in-person.

Ensure your sick leave policies are up to date.

  • Understand Washington's paid sick leave law. 
  • Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for themselves or a sick family member.
  • Review policies to ensure your sick leave policies and practices are consistent with public health guidance.
  • Establish a process to communicate information to employees and business partners.

Prepare for increased absences.

  • Monitor and respond to absenteeism at the workplace. Implement plans to continue essential business functions in the event you experience high levels of absent employees.
  • Cross-train staff to perform essential functions so your business or government agency can operate even if key staff members are absent.
  • Prepare to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed).
  • Consider canceling non-essential business travel to other countries per CDC's travel guidance.

Notify employees of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, notify employees of their potential exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Make sure you maintain confidentiality, as required by the Americans with Disability Act.

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FAQs

  • What type of cleaning and disinfecting products should I use?
  • I don’t want to follow Governor Inslee’s proclamations. What happens if I don't follow the rules?
  • How can employers protect workers?
  • I work with infectious or medical waste. Should I take additional precautions?
  • How do I social distance at my business or government agency (non-medical facility)?
  • I had COVID-19, when can I return to work?
  • I think my business is essential. How can my business be added to the state list of essential businesses?
  • I work in solid waste. Should I take additional precautions?
  • I work in wastewater. Should I take additional precautions?
  • If field crews come in contact with a person who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should we be reporting these cases?
  • Should I take additional precautions with COVID-19 waste?
  • What businesses are affected by Governor Inslee’s statewide closure of all on-site food or beverage services?
  • What if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?
  • What if I can't pay my food establishment permit renewal or invoice on time?
  • What is the Governor’s plan to restart construction projects?