As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, businesses and organizations should stay up-to-date on the latest health, wellness and operational recommendations to help ease employee and customer concerns while preventing the spread of the virus. We will continue to pull the latest information from King County Public Health, the City of Bellevue and other agencies.
King County Public Health
As the leading agency in our region, King County Public Health will continue to provide health guidance and instruction for businesses and employers. Stay up-to-date with the latest information.
King County Public Health Recommendations:
- Guidance for retail businesses and service operators to protect from the spread of COVID-19
Public Health announced new recommendations to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in addition to earlier guidance. Retail service may continue throughout King County; and it is recommended that the following public health guidance is observed in these settings.
- Guidance for workplaces and businesses
Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Employers should:
- Maximize telecommuting options for as many employees as possible.
- Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
- Consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Health Officer Jeff Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directed public health actions effective Monday, March 16.
- All events with more than 50 people are prohibited until further notice
- All events with fewer than 50 people are discouraged and prohibited unless organizers observe COVID-19 prevention measure.
- All bars, dance clubs, fitness and health clubs, movie theaters, nightclubs, and other social and recreational establishments until at least March 31.
- All restaurants and food service establishments cannot provide dining room service. They may remain open for drive-through, takeout and delivery.
- All other retail – including banks, grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies – should and may remain open, provided they observe COVID-19 prevention measures. Under the order, events include: community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.
We will do our best to ensure this information is updated, however the coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and we cannot guarantee continued accuracy. Please follow the WA State Department of Health and King County Public Health for the latest information and recommendations.