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Tri-Cities Open & Safe Business Pledge

The Tri-Cities Open and Safe Coalition has launched “Tri-Cities Open and Safe,” a COVID-19 safety program in Benton and Franklin Counites supporting local businesses as our two Counties reopen under the Safe Start Washington proclamation. The intent of the initiative is to protect public health and restore our local economy.

Tri-Cities Open & Safe Business Resources

COVID-19 Safety Plan Template: English

Business Signage Toolkit

Industry Specific Guidelines

COVID-19 Safety Plan Template: Spanish

COVID-19 Exposure Scenarios & Actions

Do's & Don't's For Employers

Phase 1 Business Guidelines

  • Construction Guidance

    (Issued April 24)

  • Additional Contruction Guidance

    (Issued April 29)

  • Spiritual Drive-in Services Guide

    (Issued May 6)

  • Phase 1 and 2 Religious and Faith-based Organizations Guidance

    (Issued May 27)

  • Landscape and Outdoor Maintenance Guidance

    (Issued May 8)

  • Outdoor Recreation

    (Issued May 14)

  • Outdoor Recreation - Golf

    (Issued May 15)

  • Outdoor Recreation Clarification

    Update #2 (Issued May 26)

  • Vehicle and Vessel Sales Guide

    (Issued May 6)

  • FAQ for vehicle and vessel sales

  • Car Wash Services Guide

    (Issued May 7)

  • Commercial Driver Licensing Guide

    (Issued May 7)

  • Curbside Retail Guidance

    (Issued May 8)

  • Pet Walking Guidance

    (Issued May 8)

  • Higher Education

    (Issued June 1)

  • Talking Book and Braille Library

    (Issued June 2)

Modified Phase 1 Business Guidelines

Benton and Franklin Counties were approved to move to modified Phase 1 effective July 3, 2020. Washington State Secretary of Health John Weisman’s approval of the counties’ applications allows limited and modified openings for some businesses, recreation, and personal activities in Benton and Franklin Counties. Please see Benton and Franklin Counties Road to Recovery Plan for details.

  • Construction as permitted in Phase 2 guidance. (new construction projects can occur)
  • Manufacturing as permitted in Phase 2 guidance. (non-essential manufacturing)
  • Restaurants for outdoor seating only at 50% of existing outdoor capacity.
  • In-store retail at 15% indoor capacity with indoor activities limited to 30 min.
  • Personal services at 25% indoor capacity
  • Dog groomers at 25% indoor capacity
  • No gatherings with people outside of the household except for small behavioral health support groups of <5 people

Businesses that are allowed to reopen are required to follow the state Department of Health’s specific guidance but must adjust their occupancy to the levels identified below. Before opening, businesses MUST do the following:

  1. All businesses must sign the Tri-Cities Open and Safe Business Pledge, committing to follow all COVID-19 guidance.
  2. Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan -  Spanish COVID-19 Safety Plan and submit it by email or in person to county in which the business is licensed. (Instructions below)
  3. Post the COVID-19 Safety Plan at the front of the business
  4. Require face coverings for employees and customers
  5. Post signs stating that face coverings are required. English Mask Required Sign Spanish Mask Required Sign

Plans must be submitted to the county in which the business is licensed.

  • Benton County
    please email to covidplan@co.benton.wa.us or drop in large yellow postal box in the drive lane at the side of Benton-Franklin Health District.

Franklin County
will use Franklin County Treasurer drop box located in courthouse parking lot next to security building labeled COVID 19 business plans. Or email to covid-19businesssafetyplans@co.franklin.wa.us

Benton and Franklin Counties are currently in Modified Phase 1
The following guidance is to assist to businesses to prepare for future Phases

Phase 2 Business Guidelines

  • Dine-in Restaurant and Tavern Industry Guidance

    (Issued June 11)

  • COVID-19 Food Establishment Phase 2 Operations

    (Issued June 1)

  • COVID-19 Food Establishment Phase 2 Reopening Checklist

    (Issued June 1)

  • COVID-19 Food Establishment Reopening Physical Facilities

    (Issued May 23)

  • Professional Services Requirements

    (Issued May 13)
    A professional service provider is defined as an office-based occupation that typically serves a client base. This includes but is not limited to: accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, information technologists, insurance agents, tax preparers, and other professional service occupations.

  • Sporting Activities Phase 2 and 3 Guidelines

    (Issued June 5)

  • Construction

    (Issued May 15)

  • Professional Photography

    (Issued May 15)

  • Fitness and Training Reopening Requirements

    (Issued May 19)

  • Spokane Diocese Principles for Opening

    (Issued May 27)

  • Drive-In Theater Guidance

    (Issued June 2)

  • Domestic Services Industry Guidance

    (Issued June 9)
    ​The guidance acknowledges that domestic workers, including nannies, house cleaners, cooks and household managers are less able to access sick leave or unemployment benefits. Employers are encouraged to be aware of the limitations their workers may have in accessing worker protections.

  • Additional Guidance on Voluntary Contact Information

    (Issued May 15)

  • Limited In-Store Retail Operations

    (Issued May 12)

  • Additional Guidance for Manufacturing Facility Operations

    (Issued May 12)

  • Personal Service Requirements

    (Issued May 13)
    Personal services' includes cosmetologists, hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tattoo artists, cosmetology schools, and esthetics school.

  • Outdoor Recreation, Phase 1 and Phase 2 Guidance

    (Issued May 14)

  • Outdoor Recreation - Golf

    (Issued May 15)

  • Outdoor Recreation Clarification Update #2

    (Issued May 15)

  • Pet Grooming Industry

    (Issued May 18)

  • Real Estate Requirements

    (Issued May 19)

  • Phase 1 and 2 Religious and Faith-based Organization Guidance

    (Issued May 27)

  • Higher Education

    (Issued June 1)

  • Library Services Guidance

    (Issued June 2)

  • Card Room Guidance

    (Issued June 11)

Phase 3 Business Guidelines

  • Phase 3 Safe Start Plan Template

    (Issued June 5)

  • Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities Phase 2 and 3 COVID-19 Requirements

    (Issued June 5)

Phase 4 Business Guidelines

COMING SOON

Tri-Cities Open & Safe Pledge

Tri-Cities local business commitment to creating a clean, safe, and healthy environment for employees, customers, residents and visitors as we begin to reopen our businesses and organizations following COVID-19 restrictions.

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What is it?

The Tri-Cities Open and Safe Coalition has launched “Tri-Cities Open and Safe,” a COVID-19 safety program in Benton and Franklin Counites supporting local businesses as our two Counties reopen under the Safe Start Washington proclamation. The intent of the initiative is to protect public health and restore our local economy.

Why Should Businesses Participate?

Before opening, one of the requirements of all businesses located in Benton and Franklin Counties, that are allowed to reopen under the modified Phase 1, is to sign the Tri-Cities Open and Safe Business Pledge, committing to follow all COVID-19 guidance.

What happens when a business signs up?

Businesses will be listed on TCOpenAndSafe.com. Businesses also gain access to valuable resources and additional marketing tools to help spread the word about their pledge and commitment to public health.

How Do I Sign Up?

Simply complete the commitment form found below. The Tri-Cities Open and Safe Coalition will follow up with instructions on how to move forward.

  • My Business Pledges To:
    • Follow guidelines set forth by the public health district.
    • Enhance employee protocols including increased regular education, hand washing, sanitation efforts, and social distancing.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently, per CDC, State and Local Health Officials.
    • Require the use of face coverings by staff and customers.
    • Reduce occupancy in common spaces to ensure compliance with CDC and State, and local social distancing guidelines.
    • Encourage customer use of face coverings, social distance and hand washing (as available).

    LINKS TO HEALTH AND SAFETY DIRECTIVES ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR RESOURCE PAGE

    IMPORTANT: By checking the box below, you agree to follow the Tri-Cities Open and Safe Pledge. You are also acknowledging you understand that this pledge does not provide permission to operate beyond any government mandates.

    *Both Parties understand and acknowledge that the Tri-Cities Open and Safe Pledge merely constitutes a statement of the signers voluntary intention and therefore does not constitute a binding agreement upon any party.