Dear Partner, On Sunday March 22, Governor Inslee issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The order takes effect immediately and will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks.
This proclamation will:
- Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity
- Ban all public and private gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes
- Close all businesses except essential businesses
The order states that Washingtonians can still participate in outdoor activities like bike rides, hikes, and working in their yard, as long as they maintain proper social distancing or at least six feet from each other. Essential businesses will remain open including grocery stores and pharmacies. Many tourism-related businesses were also deemed essential including hotels, rental car companies and many transportation organizations, as well as restaurant take-out and curbside services.
By this evening, March 25, all non-essential businesses must close. Teleworking from home is still allowed. Businesses can visit the Washington State Business Re-Entry Registration website to clarify or certify status, or to petition their non-essential status. They would still need to implement social distancing rules of at least six feet. Read more about the Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation.
The impact of the coronavirus is starting to become clearer
and the results for our industry are grim. The closure of restaurants,
attractions and entertainment venues mean that small business owners all over
our state are going to have to do what they can to weather the storm. In the
meantime, the WTA will do everything we can to our businesses survive this upheaval
and then thrive when the time comes to reignite our industry.
As you know, the travel and tourism industry has been hit
disproportionately hard in this crisis. It’s important to document the losses
so we’re able to present a full picture to legislators and members of congress
when they begin to allocate resources. Please take 5 minutes to fill out the
Survey – All answers will remain confidential.
US Travel Survey which includes
an easy communication to your members of congress
Washington State is starting to mobilize to help small
business owners get through this trying time. Please click here for Employment Security
Department resources including:
for resources from the Association of Washington Businesses, including information
about a business impact webinar on March 23rd.
for resources from Governor Inslee which includes disaster loan information and
employer and worker assistance.
In the coming days, please look for a new project from the WTA
to help Washingtonians show their love for their favorite tourism-related businesses.
If we work together our industry will get through this
crisis and come out of it stronger than ever before.
The Washington Tourism Alliance continues to monitor the impacts of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and is actively communicating and coordinating with Washington State Department of Commerce, Port of Seattle, Visit Seattle and other partners. We will continue to work with Washington’s tourism industry during this challenging time, and will work with Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce to support community mitigation efforts in our state and bolster business recovery efforts for tourism businesses. Below are some resources and ways that you can assist the industry response.
Consumer Travel Advisory
Feel free to refer visitors to a Covid-19 travel advisory we’ve posted on WTA’s consumer travel web site. This advisory is updated daily.
Travel Industry Messages
Travel industry organizations urge fact-based decision–making
U.S. Travel Association Covid-19 Tool Kit and Messages
Resources for Washington State Businesses
General COVID-19 Information
How You Can HelpWTA is monitoring and reporting Covid-19 impact to the tourism industry. Please let the WTA know if the following happens in your community:
- Closure of tourism-related businesses
- Cancellation of events
- Other major disruptions of business
Please email email@example.com with this information or any questions