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Need Assistance?

Whether you are a GSBA member business or not, we are here for you. If you have questions about eligibility for the state's assistance grants, how to fill out an application, or other forms of assistance please contact us at biztech@thegsba.org.

Masking on Transportation
Apr 18 - masks are no longer required on airplanes and other mass transit after a court struck down the mandate. Airlines, airports, and transportation agencies are currently revising their guidance, with SeaTac Airport, Alaska Airlines, Everett Transit, the Seattle Center Monorail, Sound Transit, and county authorities (Benton-Franklin, Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom) all have masking as optional. Rideshare companies have also announced that mask wearing will be optional for riders.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Feb 26 - National masking guidance is now based on COVID-19 community level.

Washington State
Mar 12 - end of statewide mask mandate for schools and businesses 

King County
Mar 12 - end of county-specific indoor mask mandate

The end of mask mandates does not include healthcare/medical facilities, dental facilities, pharmacies, long-term care settings, public transit, taxis, rideshares, or correctional facilities. Private businesses may still choose to implement their own mask and vaccination verification requirements. People may choose to mask at any time.

(as of 1/18/22)
: All People 5+ Eligible / Required for some
Requirements for masking and vaccines are changing rapidly and vary across jurisdictions. Check with the Washington State Department of Health and your local city/county jurisdictions for latest information.

At-Home COVID Tests: 4 free tests are available for all U.S. households through the USPS.

Relief for Businesses & Nonprofits

Support and direct assistance for your workplace - includes small businesses, nonprofits, performers, freelancers, gig workers, and more
WA Department of Commerce
Low-interest loans up to $150,000 for WA small businesses and nonprofits.

WA Department of Commerce
Multiple funding opportunities for early learning providers (nonprofits, public entities, tribes and for-profit businesses included). Next round open March 3, 2022.

City of Seattle
Borrow up to $150,000 with 4% interest to use on business expenses such as payroll, rent and utilities

Ladies Who Launch
$10,000 cash grants and 6 months of mentorship, education, community, and amplification. Application closes March 27.

Thurston County
Small business startup grant: open March 1 - May 1, 2022. Will award grants from m$75,000-100,000. Other Thurston County small business recovery grants (up to $10,000, $20,000, $30,000) are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

SBA COVID Relief Options

  • PPP
  • EIDL
  • Shuttered Venues
  • Restaurant Revitalization
  • SBA Debt Relief

Beware of fraud!
IRS guidelines (federal)
ESD: unemployment fraud (WA)

Reopening & Recovery

County, City, and Neighborhood-Specific Resources

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Important Info for Employers

Business.wa.gov - one-stop shop for WA small businesses around COVID-19

Resources for Employees

Access to public benefits, protections against discrimination, specific supports, and more

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