Tri-Cities Open & Safe Business Resources
Phase 1 Business Guidelines
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.
As of September 11, 2020
- Construction as permitted in Phase 2 guidance. (new construction projects can occur)
- Manufacturing as permitted in Phase 2 guidance. (non-essential manufacturing)
- Domestic Services as outlined in Phase 2 guidance.
- Professional Services as outlined in Phase 2 guidance, but occupancy limited to 25% of building occupancy, with the exception of one to one service in an enclosed room, and indoor services limited to 30 minutes per customer.
- Professional Photography as outlined in Phase 2 guidance.
- Social Gatherings are only allowed outdoors with 5 or fewer people outside the household per week. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained.
- Restaurants, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries as outlined in Phase 2 guidance but guest occupancy indoors is limited to 25% of maximum building occupancy as determined by the fire code. Outdoor seating is permitted at 50% capacity.
- In-Store Retail as outlined in Phase 2 guidance. (Guest occupancy is limited to 30% of maximum building occupancy or lower as determined by the fire code.)
- Outdoor Group Fitness Classes. Classes are only allowed outdoors with five (not including the instructor) or fewer people. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained among participants.
- Staffed Water Recreation Facilities: authorized operations include appointment-only lap swimming, one-on-one lessons, and small group classes (groups of 5 or less) at general use swimming pools only (e.g., athletic club pools and municipal pools). General use spas, general use wading pools, general use spray pools, limited use pools are not included in this authorization at this time.
- Drive-in Movies and Airshows as outlined in Phase 2 guidance for drive in theatres.
- Personal Services as outlined in Phase 2 guidance, but occupancy limited to 25% of building occupancy, with the exception of one to one service in an enclosed room.
- Pet Groomers as outlined in Phase 2 guidance, but occupancy limited to 25% of building occupancy.
- Religious Services as outlined in Phase 2 religious guidance indoor services at a place of worship limited to 25% of room capacity or up to 50 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households.
- Curbside Library Services as outlined in Phase 2 guidance.
- Team Gymnastics, including training for USA Gymnastics, as outlined all Phase 2 guidance.
- Outdoor Card Rooms as outlined in Phase 2 guidance but the outdoor card room designated area of each facility is limited to 50 individuals, (excluding organization staff), if proper physical distancing can be achieved.
- Indoor Sports & Fitness: Indoor sports and fitness facilities must provide 300 feet of distance between visitors. For large facilities, occupancy is limited to 25%. Certain indoor sports practice and training is allowed, but limited to no more than 5 athletes plus 1 trainer, and spectators are not allowed.
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:
- All businesses must sign the Tri-Cities Open and Safe Business Pledge, committing to follow all COVID-19 guidance.
- 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)
- Post the COVID-19 Safety Plan at the front of the business
- Require face coverings for employees and customers
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase 2 Business Guidelines
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.
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.
Phase 4 Business Guidelines
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.
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.