Resources for Businesses and Community Organizations

Page updated January 13, 2021 at 12:57 p.m.   

Starting January 11, 2021, Washington State will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. For more on the approach, read how it works here. Learn the details about the Roadmap to Recovery plan here

Healthy Washington replaces the phased reopening guidance which was established under the 4 phases of the "Safe Start" plan. Workplace safety and coronavirus prevention recommendations and requirements established by WA DOH, OSHA, and L&I are still in effect. 

We are committed to supporting employers in Whatcom County during this unprecedented challenge of COVID-19. You can find information below that should help answer questions you might have. If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us:

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Businesses

We are updating our COVID-19 Vaccine page regularly with information about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Whatcom County. You can also sign up for email updates. Select Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses to subscribe to email updates with the latest local information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine planning in Washington State with this Phase 1 infographic and guidance summary for Phase 1 vaccine allocation prioritization. 

What to Do If a Worker Has COVID-19 or Is a Close Contact

If you have a worker who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they will need to stay home and not go to work. As an employer, you must also contact our Business Response Team (BRT) so that we can assist you. Contact us:

We will work with you to keep your business open while ensuring the health and safety of your employees. 

Employer Tool Kit: What to Do When COVID-19 Comes to Work

Our toolkit has guidance and resources to help your business or organization respond quickly and effectively when a worker has confirmed COVID-19 or has been a close contact.

safer stronger together logo

The "Safer. Stronger. Together." campaign was created to support businesses and organizations with unified recognizable signage to be used throughout the county, to communicate with your customers about your commitment to their safety.  

Posters and signage can be downloaded, or you can request the printed materials for free!

Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Reopening Guidance

Starting January 11, 2021 Washington State will follow a regional approach to reopening businesses with every region beginning in Phase 1. For more on the approach, read how it works here. Learn the details about the Roadmap to Recovery plan here

  • The new reopening plan for Washington State outlines when and how businesses from different sectors may resume operations. 
  • The workplace recommendations and requirements set up during Safe Start (e.g. using face coverings, ensuring physical distancing) are still in effect. 
  • Whatcom County's Safer Stronger Together Campaign website has resources for businesses: