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 August 1, 2020
- 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.
- Taverns/restaurants/wineries/breweries will follow guidance for phase 2 with the exception of NO indoor dining
- In-store retail at 25% indoor capacity with indoor activities limited to 30 min.
- Modified guidelines for swimming pools
- Drive-in movies without concession stands; only members of the same household in a car
- Personal services at 25% indoor capacity
- Dog groomers at 25% indoor capacity
- Outdoor religious services with tents/canopies
- No inside 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:
- 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.