Highlights (please click the links below for grant application and information)
Modified Phase 1 allows for greater business activity. Below are some of the main highlights of Modified Phase 1. To find full details please click the "More Details" link or visit the Yakima Valley Open and Safe website.
-Indoor seating is allowed at 25% capacity for restaurants, wineries, breweries and taverns More Details English / Spanish
-Retail businesses can increase to 30% capacity More Details English / Spanish
-Outdoor social gatherings can be held for up to 5 individuals More Details English / Spanish Coming Soon
-Personal services can have up to 25% capacity (does not include1-to-1 protected spaces) More Details English / Spanish
As the State implements Phase 1 and prepares for Phase 2 of the economic re-opening, below are links to specific guidelines/requirements for designated business categories.
Here is a link to the Governor’s plan with each phase and corresponding requirements.
Yakima County Development Association COVID-19 Tool Kit
Coronavirus Tool Kit on DAY website
List of restaurants and businesses operating in Downtown Yakima
Association of Washington Businesses COVID-19 Tool Kit
Webinars on Paycheck Protection Program and Re-opening Measures from Yakima County Development Association
Here is a Link to guidelines for the workplace provided by the Yakima Health District. As many businesses plan to re-open pending the Governor’s announcement, or if you are already operating, these practices will help ensure a healthy workplace.
Paycheck Protection Program — Additional Funding
Congress has just passed another round of funding. Contact the bank with whom you have an established relationship. They will guide you through the process. Do not delay. The funding runs out quickly and there can be snags. This is for payroll, utilities, and rent.
Federal CARES Act
This include the Payroll Protection Program, expanded Emergency Small Business Administration Loans, Emergency Paid Leave, Unemployment Benefits and other economic assistance. Highlighted explanation link below.
Link: Federal CARES Act
Long term loans for a variety of needs to get you through the crisis. Rates: business = 3.75%; non-profits = 2.75%. All businesses in All counties are eligible. You can set up a one-on-one consultation session through Yakima County Development Association by filling out this form:
English online Form
Spanish: online Form
You can also call the SBA Customer Service at (800) 659-2955
SharedWork: This program allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and hourly-paid employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. While on the SharedWork program, employees are not required to make an active search for work. You must apply to participate in the program. The application and instructions can be found here.
Emergency Paid Leave
The federal government has just passed legislation to provide added relief to employers and employees including the Family Medical Leave Act and Expansion Act. Details are found here.
Department of Commerce has further information on SBA Loans and small business resources.
Department of Revenue has information on a variety of assistance, including tax extensions and worker assistance.
National Main Street has a Business Tool Kit page for national programs and assistance.
Yakima Valley Open and Safe has more information and re-opening guidelines.
If you need further assistance or have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-571-1328. If we don’t know the answer, we will try to find it!
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Yakima, WA 98901