The mandate includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with limited exemptions in office spaces not accessed by the public and small indoor settings. Those who work alone are also exempt.
Facemasks are available at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber for businesses that need them. Please contact us by phone at (509) 662-2116 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8.11 Health Insurance FAQ - Visit our blog here!
8.10 L&I ISSUED EMERGENCY RULES ON PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY REPORTING AND NOTIFICATION - Read more here!Labor and Industries’ Division of Safety and Health created new emergency rules derived from Senate Bill 5115 (ESSB 5115), also known as the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA).The law contains two primary provisions:
- Provides presumptive workers’ compensation coverage for frontline employees, except for certain healthcare employers, and the presumption of occupational disease may be rebutted by providing a preponderance of evidence.
- Requires certain reporting requirements enforceable under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act.
8.1 Plastic Bag Ban Effective Oct. 1st, 2021 - CLICK HERE
8-cent bag charge
- THE 8-CENT BAG CHARGE IS FOR ANY BAG PROVIDED TO THE CUSTOMER,REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT IS AT PICKUP OR POINT OF SALE.
- BUSINESSES COLLECT AND KEEP THIS FEE TO RECOVER SOME OF THE COST OFPROVIDING THE NEW PACKAGING, THIS FEE IS TAXABLE AND SUBJECT TO SALESTAX SINCE RETAIL STORES ARE SELLING THE BAGS.
- THIS FEE MUST BE SHOWN ON THE CUSTOMERS SALES RECEIPT.
- RETAILERS CANNOT “EAT THE COST” OF THE FEE AS THIS IS INTENDED TOPROMOTE THE USE OF REUSABLE BAGS BY THE CONSUMER.
- IF ANY BUSINESSES ARE NOT COMPLYING WITH THIS NEWLY IMPLEMENTED LAW,REPEATED AND CONTINUOUS INSTANCES CAN RESULT IN UP TO A $250 FINE.
- FILM PLASTIC BAGS TRADITIONALLY USED BY CUSTOMERS IN STORES FOR BULKITEMS MAY BE USED FOR INDIVIDUAL BAKERY GOODS, LOAVES OF BREAD, ANDOTHER PASTRIES.
Where can I purchase bag compliant bags?
- GOUSA - CONTACT TIFFANY@GOUSAQUALITY.COM
- THE US FOODS CHEFS’ STORE LOCATED AT 200 FERRY STREET
- WEBSTAURANTSTORE.COM IS AN EASY WEBSITE TO LOCATE “ECO FRIENDLYDISPOSABLES” INCLUDING BAGS AND BULK PRICING.
- 2022: REQUIRE RESTAURANTS AND FOOD SERVICE BUSINESSES TO ONLY GIVECUSTOMERS DISPOSABLE SERVICEWARE UPON REQUEST.
- 2023: REQUIRE MINIMUM RECYCLED CONTENT IN SEVERAL TYPES OF SINGLE-USEPLASTICS, STARTING WITH TRASH BAGS AND BEVERAGE BOTTLES.
- 2024: RESTRICT THE SALE OF SPECIFIC TYPES OF EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE (E.G.,STYROFOAM™) PRODUCTS, STARTING IN 2023 WITH PACKING PEANUTS. THERESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY TO FOOD SERVICE CONTAINERS AND RECREATIONALCOOLERS.
- The mandatory payroll deduction will begin January 1, 2022. Washington workers will initially pay $0.58 per every $100 of income, with no cap limiting the amount employees can pay in deductions and the amount of the deduction may increase over time. Employees who are eligible for the long-term care services can begin applying for benefits on January 1, 2025.
6.25 Paid Leave: NEW Legislation - Beginning July 25 - "You can qualify for family leave if you are caring for someone who has an expectation to rely on you for care—whether you live together or not."
4.12 Chelan / Douglas / Grant / Okanogan Counties are now in Phase 3 Effective Monday April 12th! Scroll down for all phase 3 guidelines by industry sector!
Governor's Reopening Guidelines Website
3.1 Important Reference Documents
Healthy Washington Requirements
Paycheck Protection Program – https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
The PPP forgiveness application is out now, application available: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program/ppp-loan-forgiveness
Employee Tax Retention – https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/employee-retention-credit
SBA Financial Relief Website - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options
City of East Wenatchee GRANT – (Only for businesses in City of East Wenatchee with 10 or less employees) https://www.cdrpa.org/cdbg-microenterprise-assistance
Sasha Sleiman & Blair McHaney Testify in Support of Senate Bill 5114: https://vimeo.com/503604146
What Do I Do If an Employee Tests Positive??
Here are some resources to help you navigate the process if you have someone test positive at your place of employment:
What to do if an Employee Tests Positive - One page summary from WVCC & CDHD
Checklist for Businesses with Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 - Washington State Department of Health
COVID-19 Employer Contact Tracing Guide - Challenge Seattle
Guidance for Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening for Staff and Guests - Washington State Department of Health
Safe Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Public Spaces - Washington State Department of Health
Workplace Safety - Labor & Industries
Mental Health Resources - Unsure where to go for counseling services for you or your employees? Please take a look at this resource guide for further assistance. Feel free to print this to have posted at your office.
COVID 19 update:
Beginning June 26th Facial Coverings are required in all public places. Please wear a mask / face covering. For all information, including exemptions please visit the WA State Coronavirus Webpage
“Beginning June 8, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety and health rules and guidance.” - Safe Start Washington
More information on masks can be found at:
Recovery & Reopening Tools:
- Recovery Council Business Reopening Toolkit
- WVCC Survey Briefing Document
- Governor Inslee Phased Reopening Plan
- Washington Retail Association Safety Operational Checklist
- PPP Forgiveness Information from US Chamber of Commerce
- JDSA Law Presentation on Employment Law
We recommend these resources for COVID-19 related updates:
- IRS Tool for payments to community members
- Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
- Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
- Specific to Chelan and Douglas Counties
- Chelan - Douglas Corona Virus Information
- Essential Businesses List
- Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan (SBA)
We recommend this resource for Businesses to seek help with COVID-19:
If you are interested in speaking with someone to help get assistance with your business, please apply here
Últimas noticias del COVID-19
Para una lista completa de recursos para empleadores, empleados, organizaciones comunitarias, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y organizaciones de origen religioso, por favor haga click aquí.
Este documento será actualizado tan pronto como se obtenga nueva información.
Recomendamos estos recursos para noticias actualizadas acerca del COVID-19:
- Pagos de impacto economico
- Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC en inglés)
- Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH en inglés)
- Información de salud específica a los condados de Chelan y de Douglas.
- Administración de Emergencias del Condado de Chelan
Recomendamos este recurso listado a continuación para negocios que busquen ayuda para combatir el COVID-19. Es en inglés
Si usted está interesado(a) en hablar con alguien para conseguir ayuda para su negocio, por favor postule aquí.