Resources for Businesses and Community Organizations

Page last updated April 20, 2021 at 4:26 p.m.   

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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Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Reopening Guidance

On March 11, 2021, the Governor announced that Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. On April 9, the Governor updated the the metric requirements, and the first evaluation for the new metrics took place on April 12. Whatcom County met the required metrics and will remain in Phase 3.

More information about Healthy Washington, Business Guidance, and What is Open.

The new reopening plan for Washington State outlines when and how businesses from different sectors may resume operations.

  • The workplace safety and coronavirus prevention recommendations and requirements established by WA DOH, OSHA, and L&I are still in effect. 
  • Whatcom County's Safer Stronger Together Campaign website has resources for businesses:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Businesses

We have developed a guide, COVID Vaccine Employer Resources (PDF). This guide offers expert advice to help employers support their employees and communicate effectively about COVID-19 vaccination.

We are updating our COVID-19 Vaccine page regularly with information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Whatcom County. 

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.

A guide for employers to support and communicate effectively with employees about COVID-19 vaccination.

safer stronger together logo

The "Safer. Stronger. Together." campaign was created to support businesses as we work together to ensure a healthy and welcoming environment for all. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to keep our community healthy while we build consumer confidence and reopen our economy.  

For business sector guidance see Tips & Tools. Posters and signage can be downloaded, or you can request the printed materials for free!