COVID-19 Business Resources

City of North Bend recognizes the hardships our local businesses are facing during the COVID-19 crisis and want to offer assistance as needed. It is critical to document business and nonprofit impacts as the situation is unfolding, both for insurance purposes and for potential future relief efforts by state and federal agencies. 

PPE Resources for Your Business 

  • The City of North Bend received an inventory of cloth face coverings, thanks to our King County Council Representative, Kathy Lambert. These masks are available free to you and your employees, while supplies last. Interested? Email EOC Coordinator, Erin Mitchell.
  •  ’PPE Connect’: AWB Rebound & Connect is an organization concentrating on getting Washington employers prepared to safely reopen, under new protocols and safety measures. They are providing a free online service right now that can connect businesses to much-needed PPE. Click here to learn more.

Deadline Approaching in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The deadline to apply for the PPP is Tuesday, June 30. The PPP allows for small businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and others to access a forgivable loan. Click here for more information. More than $128 billion in PPP funding is still available, with more than 4,500 participating PPP lenders nationwide at this time.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive PPP loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.

COVID-19 Rapid Relief Program 

Please stay tuned for an announcement of grantees of the North Bend Rapid Relief grant! The City of North Bend received over 50 applications from local small businesses and nonprofit organizations, and is working hard to get this program ready for the next step, which will be to announce grantees, followed by connecting with each grantee to administer grant contracts and funds.

Read our press release, to learn more about the NB Small Business & Community Organization Rapid Relief Program.

Safe Start Plan

Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate social distancing measures and worker safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another.

What activities are allowed under a modified Phase 1 application: Businesses and activities now permitted in King County.  

Washington’s Safe Start Phased Approach to reopening. 

Effective June 8, cloth facial coverings at minimum required at the workplace.

Effective Monday, June 8, workers statewide donned cloth facial coverings as they walked into work. As economic activity continues to accelerate, face coverings will be a critical measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at workplaces.

The requirement allows for a few exceptions. Those working alone in an office, vehicle, or jobsite are not required to wear a face covering. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who communicate with someone who relies on nonverbal language cues, are likewise exempt.

A worker with a medical condition or disability may also be exempt from the requirement. The employee must provide their employer with a medical professional’s accommodation statement that facial coverings or masks should not be worn due to their condition.

Employers are required to provide workers with the appropriate type of face covering, mask, or respirator depending on the level of risk for their specific type of work. Employees can also bring their own face covering if their work is in the low risk category. To clarify the requirements, the Department of Labor & Industries has published a manual for the proper selection and use of face coverings and respirators: "Which Mask for Which Task". The department also released an FAQ Page to respond to common questions about the mask requirement.

Frequently Asked Question

What does it mean to be "working alone"?

One of the exceptions to required facial coverings at the workplace is working alone. Someone is considered to be working alone when they are isolated from interaction with other people and have little to no expectation of in-person interruption. How often a worker is able to work alone may vary throughout the day.

Examples of working alone include:

  • A lone worker inside the enclosed cab of a crane or other heavy equipment, vehicle or harvester.
  • A person by themselves inside an office with four walls and a door.
  • A lone worker inside of a cubicle with 4 walls (one with an opening for an entryway) that are high enough to block the breathing zone of anyone walking by, and whose work activity will not require anyone to come inside of the cubicle.
  • A worker by themselves outside in an agricultural field, the woods or other open area with no anticipated contact with others.
See other FAQ about the facial covering rule here.

UPDATED: Working Washington Small Business Grant Program Gets Additional $5 Million Infusion – On Thursday, April 23rd, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from the state’s $200 million emergency response fund approved by the Legislature in March, and this new $5 million comes from the Governor’s Working Washington economic development strategic reserve fund.

Additional Resources 

COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers
Information from the Governor’s office.
Protect Yourself Financially from the Coronavirus
Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Job Interrupted —A To-Do List for Tough Times
Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Financial Peace of Mind in the Age of Coronavirus
Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Avoiding Coronavirus Scams
Information from the Federal Trade Commission.
Washington Hospitality Association
Coronavairus Resources
StartUp Washington - Washington State Department of Commerce
Resources to help small businesses grow
SCORE Greater Seattle
Small business consulting 

Local Business Information

List of local businesses offering services during COVID-19
Business Survey - Fillable
In accordance with this order, Governor Inslee has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” Washington state today launched  an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation.

City of North Bend Utility Customers
City of North Bend will not disconnect customers during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative and is waiving late fees and penalties on past due utility accounts. The City is also temporarily paying the transaction fees charged to pay online via the City’s website. You can access your account by clicking on the Pay Utilities icon or click here.