As King County reopens, nonprofits and community-based organizations (CBOs) will expand their critical work serving our community, and we are grateful for it. CBOs are tightly integrated into everyday life in the County, increasing access to healthcare, acting as trusted sources of information and resources, and providing safe spaces for our unhoused neighbors. Thanks to the care and hard work of nonprofits in King County, we will successfully navigate the health and financial struggles associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and increase safety in the provision of services by the County and our community partners.
Working together, our community has slowed the spread of COVID-19. Now, King County is working to gradually and carefully reopen the local economy and other aspects of daily living. King County has entered Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan. CBOs, businesses, and other organizations can once again serve customers and community members. Most organizations will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow state guidelines designed to ensure the health and safety of staff, clients, and community. These guidelines call for social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing face coverings (cloth/disposable masks). These precautions are crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to return closer to pre-pandemic activity.
CBOs should take steps prior to restarting face-to-face operations with clients and community members to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Guidance on reopening can be found at the following links:
Safe Start King County – how to reopen and keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe.
Serving food? See our recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and guidance for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.