• COVID-19 Business/Nonprofit Resources

    People age 12 and older are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in order to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County. Additionally, face coverings or masks must be worn at all times while indoors or outdoors where social distancing may not be maintained.

    Our (re)Startup425 business response team helps Eastside businesses:

    • Prepare materials for forgiveness of loans including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or FlexFund
    • Learn about and apply for other financial assistance.

    City Response

    To help local businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing orders, the City of Bellevue has taken a number of actions, including:

    • Created temporary curbside food pick-up zones and on-street dining spaces in certain areas of downtown Bellevue
    • Adapted our Eastside Arts Partnership and Special Projects arts programs to allow for early invoicing and payment.
    • Awarded more than $1.1 million in relief grants for Bellevue's small businesses and nonprofits.

    We continue to monitor the situation, and are continually developing additional resources and tools. Most importantly, document the impacts of COVID-19 on your business or nonprofit as the situation is unfolding. It will assist with relief efforts by local, state and federal agencies. 

    People ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter the following indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County. 

    • Restaurants and bars Does not include outdoor dining, takeout or places such as grocery stores, which aren't primarily used as indoor dining locations.
    • Gyms and exercise facilities
    • Performance arts or live music venues, movie theaters and indoor sporting events.
    • Conferences and conventions
    • Outdoor events with 500 or more people, such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County has additional information on vaccine requirements. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce offers compliance resources for businesses.

    What businesses need to know

    If your business falls into one of the categories above, you must request that patrons provide verification of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. This order is meant to keep businesses open and protect employees, customers and community members.

    The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has developed a toolkit to help businesses implement the order. This includes signage and a QR code verification app.

    What residents need to know

    You need to show proof of vaccination (or a negative test result) to enter the venues listed above, including restaurants, bars, gyms, performing arts venues and movie theaters. Please be kind and patient as businesses and employees adapt to this new guidance. Your proof could include any of the following:

    • CDC vaccination card or a photo of your CDC vaccine card
    • Documented proof of vaccination from a medical record or vaccine provider
    • Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com.
    • Print or digital documentation from a pharmacy, laboratory or testing provider of an FDA-approved PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.

    You do not need to show identification with your proof of vaccination.

    People who are unvaccinated or cannot prove their vaccination status will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours or a rapid test result from a test performed by a testing provider on the site of the event.

    There are no state restrictions on capacity for restaurants, bars, stores, businesses and theaters (except large indoor events), but, due to the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant, face coverings or masks are required in all indoor public settings and outdoors where social distancing may not be maintained, regardless of vaccination.

    Businesses must enforce this masking rule, under state Department of Labor and Industries guidance.

    Given masking and vaccine verification requirements for indoor spaces, some businesses may be interested in modifying their operations. For example, restaurants may want to offer some form of patio dining, and fitness studios may want to offer classes in Bellevue parks. 

    The city is committed to supporting businesses making these adaptations. We've developed guides for a variety of business uses of public and private spaces:

    Need more information? Call 425-452-4114 or email bizresources@bellevuewa.gov, and we will walk you through your options.

    PPP Forgiveness: The federal Paycheck Protection Program ended May 31, 2021. Businesses that received a PPP loan should immediately start planning for the forgiveness process. OneRedmond offers an on-demand webinar to walk you through the process.

    Washington FlexFund: Provides loans of up to $150,000 to small businesses and nonprofits, with interest rates as low as 3%. Learn more by reaching out to our small business advisor or by visiting Washington FlexFund.

    Business Impact NW: Provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it has compiled an outstanding set of COVID-19 resources, including free, one-on-one business coaching.

    Craft3: Provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, existing Craft3 clients can change their loan agreements (including due dates and payment amounts).

    Mercy Corps Northwest: Offering clients loan payment deferrals.

    Funding programs for the arts are changing quickly. Please sign up for our weekly COVID-19 resources newsletter and visit the Bellevue Arts Program's Instagram page for the latest information about available relief funding.

    Resources and Surveys

    Marketing Tools

    What's Open Eastside: As we work through the phases of the state's "Safe Start" plan, many businesses will be adapting their operations to serve their customers through curbside pickup, takeout and delivery, and/or reduced hours. Several Eastside cities have joined together to promote local businesses, restaurants and cafés, and nonprofits, which are open with adapted operations. Join the list to promote your business to tens of thousands of Eastside residents.

    Curbside Pickup Zones: In order to assist local restaurants and cafés, Bellevue's Transportation Department has established temporary, free Curbside Pickup Zones at several locations downtown, which will remain in place for the duration of this crisis. To request a Curbside Pickup Zone, contact Transportation

    Business Development

    Startup 425 is offering online workshops this summer on topics like starting a business, refining a business plan, managing finances and selling products online. These workshops are held in partnership with Greater Seattle SCORE, and are suitable both for current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

    REACH King County provides SizeUp, an online market research and business intelligence tool, free to local business owners and operators. The service can assist you in comparing your business to competitors, identifying demographic and psychographic information, and selecting the best places to target your marketing and promotional efforts. Reach out to REACH King County to begin using the SizeUp tool. 

    Utilities

    Bellevue's Utilities Department is not disconnecting water service for non-payment at this time. Additionally, it is temporarily waiving late fees for non-payment.

    Puget Sound Energy is not disconnecting utility service for non-payment at this time. Additionally, it is temporarily waiving late fees for non-payment. It will work with customers on options like payment plans and bill extensions.

    Taxes

    The City of Bellevue deferred Q1 and Q2 local business and occupation (B&O) tax payments for certain small businesses until October. This applied to businesses with gross receipts of less than $5 million annually. Q3 payments must be made on time. Find more information in our press release.

    The State Department of Revenue is offering filing extensions and penalty waivers for state-level B&O taxes. Eligible businesses can get more information and apply.

    Commercial Leases

    The city does not offer legal advice, but many leases have force majeure provisions, which offer limited protection in the event of unexpected circumstances. Businesses can proactively reach out to their commercial landlords if it appears they will be unable to meet their lease obligations. 

    Communities Rise has established a Commercial Lease Amendment Toolkit, designed to assist small businesses and nonprofits as they negotiate with landlords for rent relief and extensions.

    The King County Sheriff's Office has announced that until further notice, it will not enforce residential or commercial evictions. Evictions may, however, continue to be filed in the King County Superior Court.

    Legal Help

    Communities Rise is providing a virtual legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate the issues they might experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers a free, 60-minute phone or video call consultation with a lawyer which can meet each specific business' needs.

    Employment Opportunities

    WorkSource has compiled a long list of businesses in essential industries that are currently hiring, including displaced workers. Jobs include opportunities in grocery, retail, fulfillment, healthcare and janitorial.

    Unemployment and Insurance

    Temporary rules expand unemployment benefits to cover more people, including many sole proprietors, contractors, artists, and gig workers.

    Resiliency Resources

    We understand that some businesses can continue and are continuing to operate. We have resources.

    The Office of Gov. Inslee has established a detailed list of financial, export, insurance and workforce assistance which may be available for businesses and nonprofits. 

    The Washington Department of Commerce is providing small business resiliency assistance to women- and minority-owned businesses through organizations like Ventures and Tabor Business Hub.

    The Washington Small Business Development Center has developed a detailed Business Resiliency Toolkit to help businesses plan and adapt to disasters. Additionally, the center is running resiliency webinars through this crisis.

    Public Health Resources for Businesses

    Need one-on-one help?

    Our Business Response Team provides one-on-one financial advising and assistance to small businesses and nonprofits. Reach out now to request a call or advising session.