State launches web form to clarify “essential” businesses under COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation

by WSCPA | Mar 27, 2020

A simple online form and comprehensive resources are available at to answer questions from businesses and individuals about their essential/non-essential status.

On March 25 Washington state launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation went into effect at midnight Wednesday, March 25th, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks. State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web portal is the central location for the most current information and resources for businesses and individuals:

Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation defines essential and non-essential businesses and workers related to the COVID-19 emergency response. People are encouraged to review the proclamation language carefully on what is open and what is closed for the next two weeks.

“This is a difficult time for all of us, and we recognize the hardship on many businesses and families,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “As Governor Inslee said Monday night, we want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and to do that, we have to hit this hard. We are taking steps to relieve and mitigate the economic impacts of this action to the greatest extent possible.”

Brown underscored that this is for now a two-week closure, and state officials will be evaluating the situation as we move through the expected increase in numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19.

Inquiries from businesses about their essential/non-essential status are being reviewed as quickly as possible. For fastest response, businesses are urged to use the portal.

In response to widely-circulated rumors, state officials also want to be clear that no one needs to be registered on any list, and no one needs a letter or pass of any kind to continue moving about, conducting essential business and activities. Visit the portal's Spread the facts page.

The COVID-19 portal at will have the most current and accurate information.


Related Resources: 

WSCPA Coronavirus Resource Center

Covid- 19 Business Challenges Resource Group - Join this group on Connect (WSCPA's new private community)

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