COVID-19 April 6 Update

SODO Businesses and Our Community

While we will continue to share information with updates, resources and news about COVID-19 in our region, we also want to continue sharing some of the awesome things SODO Businesses are doing to support our community and some positive news in our neighborhood. It comes as no surprise to use to see how SODO can step up and help those in need. Continue sharing with us what your business is doing, we LOVE to see it!

Thank you and please do not hesitate to reach out!


Mayor Durkan Announces New #SupportSeattleSmallBiz Map to Help Residents Find Small Businesses Providing Takeout or Delivery in their Neighborhoods

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the City of Seattle’s new #SupportSeattleSmallBiz map, which helps residents find small businesses providing takeout or delivery in their neighborhood. The map allows users to search for open small businesses in their neighborhood and navigate directly to a business’ website or third-party delivery service page.
The map is part of the City’s #SupportSeattleSmallBiz campaign, which asks residents to post pictures and videos from their favorite Seattle restaurants, bars, cafes, and breweries that are doing delivery, to-go, and drive-through with #SupportSeattleSmallBiz and #WeGotThisSeattle, and tag @SeattleEconomy. City staff are working to add these locations to the map as quickly as possible.

Temporary Parking Changes: Free street parking & lifting time limit restrictions

The City is going to temporarily suspend enforcement of paid and time-limited street parking. Mayor Durkan announced this program today to support residents sheltering at home and essential workers who need parking.

Beginning April 4:  
-No payment will be required on streets with paid parking. 
-Time limits will not be enforced outside of Restricted Parking Zones (RPZs). 
-Many other parking regulations will still be enforced, including no parking zones, peak period parking restrictions for transit and travel lanes, disabled permit parking spaces, and commercial and passenger load zones. 

These changes are anticipated to remain in effect until May 4. 
-After the stay-at-home orders are lifted, downtown businesses will again need parking turnover to provide reliable access for customers and visitors. 
-At that time, we will reinstate parking fees at a reduced rate of $0.50 per hour in all paid parking areas, the minimum we are able to charge. 
-After three weeks at the $0.50/hour rate, we will then begin to adjust rates based on demand as customers return to business districts and need reliable access at the curb. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Port of Seattle partners with the WA Small Business Development Centers and others on a series of free webinars

The Port has collaborated with its regional partners to make the following webinars available to help small businesses understand and access the resources being distributed as part of the Federal CARES Act. Webinars are free and available to all local small businesses. Registration information for all webinars can be found at the Port’s website.

Tuesday, April 7
Topic: SMART Webinar: Breaking Down the CARES Act
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 9
Topic: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and CARES Act Update Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 10
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 13
Topic: Business Survival Strategies Webinar
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Register Here

SODO in the Community

Pacific Fabrics
All of Pacific Fabrics remaining elastic and any/ all approved / regulated materials they have on hand is being donated to local manufacturers who are making and donating masks to frontline workers/ medical providers.

Also, they decided to use their resources and efforts to make masks and give them away to organizations and volunteers reaching out in the underserved communities and to families who have no access to masks. 

Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research is converting the third floor of their SODO building into an FDA approved factory to make surgical and N-95 masks.

Outdoor Research will also start manufacturing thousands of fabric face masks daily which are not FDA approved but do provide some protection.

Letterpress Distilling
Like many other local distilleries, Letterpress Distilling is producing hand sanitizer that is finally FDA-sanctioned. Their stuff is going to front-line workers in healthcare and civic safety, as well as postal workers, food supply chain, home healthcare, public radio reporters in the field, and many more people in need.