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Supporting Small Business Owners

With the announcement yesterday of a temporary—yet mandatory—shut down of restaurants, bars, entertainment, and recreational facilities some of our state's local business will be struggling. In appreciation of our neighborhood establishments, Seattle Met has provided a list of resources to help small business owners and employees.

Effective now through March 31, restaurants will be limited to takeout, delivery, and drive-through while gatherings of more than 50 people are now prohibited. Our state and federal government have made efforts to ease the burden on owners and workers by providing low interest rate loans, grants, tax extensions, utility payment deferments, and a business resiliency toolkit and guide.

Thank you to all that have, and continue to, support the many locally owned and operated businesses in our community. If you feel inclined to support but are concerned about your health, gift cards are a great way to support businesses now and treat yourself later.

On a separate note, for those with children at home during the school closures, Travel and Leisure has put together a list of museums from London to Seoul where you can go on a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home—a creative way to pass the time!

Update April 6th, 2020: The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has been extended through April allowing only essential businesses to operate. Restaurants are still allowed to operate so long as they are meeting the guidelines of the CDC and only providing takeout and curbside pickup.

Please note, real estate has been deemed an essential service and is still operating so long as agents meet the guidelines of the CDC. You can find information about the Real Estate and Mortgage Memorandum here.


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