COVID-19 May 13 Update

Dear SODO Businesses,

The SODO BIA continue to closely track the impacts of COVID-19. As we navigate this difficult time we will continue to share resources, news, and services that you may find helpful. We understand the concern and impacts of the COVID-19 on our SODO community and are here to help and support in any way we can.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for any issues you may come across!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at

Virtual South Precinct Advisory Council Meeting
South Precinct Advisory Council (SPAC*) 
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Registration Required

On Thursday, May 14th, we will be joined by Captain Kibbee for a Virtual South Precinct Advisory Council Meeting. During this meeting Captain Kibbee will provide a precinct and public safety update and answer questions about the recent officer-involved shooting and other community questions.

Register Here!

Criteria for reopening of food establishments: Minimizing the spread of COVID-19

King County has published the criteria for reopening food establishments to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Food establishments that closed the kitchen and/or dining area should do the following things when reopening.

Equipment and physical structure
– Make sure utilities are working (for example; electrical, plumbing, and heating, ventilation/air conditioning, and fire suppression)
– Flush water system and all plumbed food equipment for a minimum of 5 minutes
– Ice makers should be fully emptied, pipes drained, and the equipment washed, rinsed and sanitized
Assess and discard food that is no longer safe (e.g., expired or spoiled foods)
– Check that all equipment is functioning properly and maintaining proper temperatures
– Wash, rinse, and sanitize all food contact surfaces
– Continue services you may have discontinued (for example, pest control services, trash and recycling services)
– Thoroughly clean and repair all physical facilities including floors, walls, and ceilings

Employee health and safety
– Preventing the spread of COVID-19 via employee health monitoring is critical and food establishments must consider how the following will be implemented:
– Train workers on symptoms of COVID-19 illness and on required hand hygiene
– Screen employees for symptoms of COVID-19, to include presence of fever
– Ensure handwashing sinks are stocked with soap and paper towels and hand sanitizers are available
– Ensure 6 feet of distance between employees in both back and front of house
– Requiring cloth facial coverings for employees. This is not a substitute for 6 foot social distancing.
– Stagger work schedules as much as possible to reduce employee contact with each other
– Develop employee illness policies and procedures

Customer protections
– While awaiting for the Governor’s approval for customer seating, please plan and prepare in the following ways: Discontinue reusable menus if unable to thoroughly disinfect after each use — post menu options or provide disposable menus
– Clean and disinfect touchpoints hourly, including all surfaces at each table turning
– Self-service food bars and self-service fountain drinks may still be restricted
– Remove as many self-service condiment dispensers from tables or shared areas as possible
– Disinfect condiment containers after each dining group
– Ensure dining groups are seated at least 6 feet apart and remove or block extra seating
– Utilize contactless payment systems, automated ordering and mobile pay or provide handwashing or hand gel for employees handling payment
– Disinfect all touchpads after each use
– Maximize pick-up or delivery services

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Following Countywide Face Covering Health Directive, Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces that Seattle Will Provide Over 45,000 Cloth Face Coverings to Most Vulnerable Seattle Residents

People Experiencing Homelessness, Low-Income Older Adults, and Food Distribution Services Will Receive Priority Distribution
As One of Region’s Largest Employers, City of Seattle Has Face Coverings Available for Every City Employee
SEATTLE (May 11, 2020) – Following Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Local Health Directive, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that the City of Seattle will provide over 45,000 free cloth face coverings to vulnerable communities, including people experiencing homelessness, low-income older adults, and food bank staff. As one of the region’s largest employers, the City will also provide cloth face coverings for every City of Seattle employee. Effective May 18, King County residents must wear cloth face coverings in indoor public settings, on King County Metro buses, and in outdoor settings where physical distancing could be difficult, such as farmers markets. Residents must continue to practice good hygiene and continue physical distancing in addition to wearing cloth face coverings.

Read the Full Press Release Here!

SODO Steps Up Spotlights

Scotty’s Juicetree Inc.
During the COVID-19 Scotty’s Juicetree Inc, have donated 4,000 pounds of juice to Northwest Harvest, Federal Way School District, Fire Stations in Seattle and various food banks. This picture is their original logo from when they were located in Pike Place Market!

CMD Agency
SODO Business, CMD Agency has launched a platform for the Open for Business Initiative. Open for Business is a collaboration of people and organizations devoted to bringing together brand stories and experienced storytellers to help small businesses overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out more here!

SODO Businesses are Open!

During these difficult times, many SODO Businesses have adjusted how they do work. We wanted to share a few ways our businesses are adjusting while also helping support our community.

Check out our website for a comprehensive list of Open SODO Businesses!

Sign-up for COVID Alerts

You can now sign-up for COVID-specific weekly updates through AlertSeattle. Text COVID to 67283 or update your preferences by logging in to your existing account.

OED Small Business COVID-19 Weekly Webinar
As COVID-19 is a rapidly developing issue, OED will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Register here
View notes and recordings from previous webinars

City of Seattle, Greater Seattle Partners, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Announce Second Round of Business Impact Survey

The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Greater Seattle Partners, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce released the second round of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. The first round of the survey was open March 18 – 31 and saw over 5,000 total respondents—over 2,000 of which were businesses in Seattle. The first round of the survey established baseline profile data of the businesses, nonprofits and independent workers in the Seattle region, captured the initial impact COVID-19 had on businesses, nonprofits, and independent workers in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, and documented real-time concerns people had in an evolving environment. Round two of the survey will build upon the initial survey questions to measure potential changes over time, seek to further understand operational changes business have implemented since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and evaluate the impact private and public funding have had on businesses’ ability to stay afloat.

Complete the Survey Here!