Due to the rapidly evolving nature of state and federal programs, this information may change unexpectedly.
As we enter a new phase of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater Puget Sound region, we want to further address the impacts to businesses in the greater Maple Valley area. First, the actions being taken by public health authorities are necessary and important.
That said, our small businesses are feeling the pain now, and we want to do everything we can to help. We are coordinating with the Maple Valley - Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce to help employers stay informed and prepared in this rapidly-evolving situation.
Most importantly, it is critical to document business impacts as the situation is unfolding, both for insurance purposes and for potential future relief efforts by state and federal agencies.
Small Business Administration
Business Operating Guidance
Restaurant, Bars, and Entertainment Facilities
- On March 16, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Governor Inslee ordered all restaurants, bars and entertainment facilities to close temporarily, statewide.
- The Maple Valley - Black Diamond has created a Facebook group for local area restaurants, cafes, and other eateries that are offering take-out or delivery service.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies may remain open.
- Retail outlets may remain open, but with reduced occupancy, in accordance with social distancing recommendations.
- All gatherings of greater than 50 participants will be prohibited. Additionally, all gatherings with fewer than 50 participants must adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
We strongly encourage Maple Valley residents to continue to patronize local cafes and restaurants using takeout and delivery options!
Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-05. This proclamation allows the state to waive the penalties for failure to timely remit tax payments to the LCB until April 22. The waiver is made retroactive to the date of the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency on Feb. 29. Please note that this does not waive taxes due but temporarily allows for a late payment without assessing automatic, statute-directed penalties.
To be eligible for deferment, please:
- Continue to submit sales reports timely, even if you are not able to pay on time.
- Submit requests to pay late to have penalties waived, by email at the following email addresses:
All spirit fee licensees, wineries and breweries can make payment by e-check. Cannabis retailers can make e-check payments through their third party vendors. The state is also accepting checks and money orders by mail.
The resources provided below are up-to-date as of March 23. Please follow the hyperlinks for additional information, as in most cases eligible businesses and nonprofits must proactively reach out for assistance.
Grant Based Assistance
- Facebook has established a Small Business Grants Program to assist businesses in addressing the impacts of COVID-19. These grants will include both cash grants and ad credits.
- Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund: Up to $5 million will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process. Stay tuned for more details.
Short- and Long-Term Loan Options
- U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to businesses that suffer substantial economic impact as a result of COVID-19. Generally, these low-interest loans provide working capital to assist small businesses in meeting financial obligations and operating expenses. Learn more and apply.
- 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.
- Craft3 provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it is allowing existing Craft3 clients to revise their loan agreements (i.e. due date extensions, temporary payment reductions, etc.).
Resiliency, Workforce, and Mitigation
Unemployment, Sick Leave, Family/Medical Leave
- The Employment Security Department has established temporary rules that expand unemployment benefits to cover more people, including workers affected by COVID-19. Additionally, the department administers the state's paid family/medical leave program, and has established detailed guides for your situation.
- The state is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance. The order is retroactive for claims filed up to March 8.
- Washington Healthplanfinder, the state's health insurance exchange, has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are or become uninsured. Some may be eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid). Check out the Healthplanfinder's FAQ for more information.
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 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
- Planning for a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Guide for Businesses (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
- Business resources and checklist (Centers for Disease Control)
- Instructions for Employers on Mitigating an Outbreak (Washington Department of Health)
- Model employer policies and resources (Business Health Trust)