The City is doing all we can to minimize the impact to our residents and businesses – and to help where we can help.
The City is suspending water shut-off for non-payment and late payment penalties are suspended during this public health emergency.
Payment plan options are available for residential and commercial customers impacted by COVID-19.
Questions? Staff are available to assist you by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (360) 754-4133, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Tax Relief for Businesses
To ease the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City is offering relief to businesses by extending the B&O tax filing and payment deadline until later this year.
1st Quarter 2020 B&O tax filing deadline is extended to July 31, 2020.
This is an option for businesses who need help getting through the current financial hardship they may be experiencing due to COVID-19. Businesses may continue to file on a quarterly basis.
Questions? Staff are available to assist you by email email@example.com or by phone at (360) 754-4136,
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Temporary Suspension of Plastic Bag Ordinance Enforcement
We want your employees and customers to feel comfortable. Accordingly, the City has temporarily suspended enforcement of the single-use plastic bag ordinance during the declared public health emergency, to meet the increasing demand for groceries and other supplies, and to protect the health of grocery workers and shoppers. This is effective through the end of April.
What's Open, What's Closed
Under the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order issued by Governor Jay Inslee on March 23 (effective for a minimum of two weeks) every Washingtonian must stay at home, unless they are:
- Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
- Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
- Going to work at an essential business.
- Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
What’s open? Essential Businesses
All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains and other things necessary for continued operations will remain open. If you believe your business is essential, or if you are providing essential services or functions - you may request designation as an essential business. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Visit the official Washington State COVID-19 website for more information.
COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative
COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative
The City is joining our regional partners to create a coordinated approach to mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19 on our community. The Regional Economic Recovery Task Force includes the City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Yelm, Experience Olympia & Beyond, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Port of Olympia, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County, Thurston Economic Development Council and local Tribal Nations.
Small businesses hit by the loss of revenue because of the COVID-19 outbreak can find a list of resources on the Thurston Economic Development Center website.
The federal Small Business Administration may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area. Congress approved up to $7 billion in low-interest disaster loans specifically to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses.
The state is working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:
- Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
- Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.
- Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.
The Washington State Department of Revenue has information about business relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Washington State Employment Security Department can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. For employers that want to keep from losing highly-trained employees, these unemployment benefits can be received through, or while covered by, Shared Work, Partial Unemployment and Standby which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs.
The Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide paid leave benefits for Washington workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Certification by a healthcare provider is required for applications for Paid Family and Medical Leave due to a serious health condition.
If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes a mass layoff or closure, Employment Security Department and its local workforce development board partners can respond with Rapid Response services and funding to help impacted workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services, including re-training, worker support services, and referrals to other social services.
For more information, contact Community Development Director Mike Matlock at (360) 754-4180.