EVERETT, Wash., March 20, 2020 – Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers today announced actions to support businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. This new program complements federal and state actions announced over the past week.
“It is never too early to start our economic recovery efforts,” said Executive Somers. “We know that people are hurting and are worried about paying for basic necessities. The sooner we can bring support to our businesses and workforce, the more quickly we’ll recover when this is over.”
“Our businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring. “Anything we can do to keep employees working and businesses functioning will help the private sector quickly rebound from our current challenges.”
This response will help stabilize our local economy and provide much-needed mechanisms for supporting businesses and our workforce. The goal is to support struggling businesses and their employees, particularly those who may find it hard to provide basic needs. Recognizing the evolving circumstances of the pandemic, this flexible mechanism can be expanded and adapted as circumstances require.
Because coordination is necessary around short and long-term efforts, there is a critical need for innovative solutions to address our current challenges and those we can’t yet anticipate. Snohomish County is exploring every possible creative alternative to support the impacted business community and their employees during this challenging time.
Frequently Asked Questions for you to share with local businesses. It answers questions and provides links to detailed information on social distancing, screening employees, financial assistance for business owners and employees, and more.
Examples of how our partners have developed creative ways to help local businesses