Resources for Businesses and Community Organizations

Page last updated June 2, 2021 at 12:14 p.m.   

We are committed to supporting employers in Whatcom County during this unprecedented challenge of COVID-19. You can find information below that should help answer questions you might have. If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us:

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Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Reopening Guidance

Beginning May 18, every county will remain in or move to Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery plan. Individual counties may opt to remain in an earlier phase. For now, Whatcom County remains in Phase 3. 

On June 30, Washington State will fully reopen and there will be no more restrictions on social gatherings. Restrictions could lift sooner if 70% of Washingtonians over the age of 16 initiate vaccination before June 30. If at any point - before or after June 30 - the statewide ICU occupancy exceeds 90%, restrictions may be reinstated.

More information about Healthy Washington, Business Guidance, and What is Open.

The re-opening plan for Washington State outlines when and how businesses from different sectors may resume operations.

  • The workplace safety and coronavirus prevention recommendations and requirements established by WA DOH, OSHA, and L&I are still in effect. 
  • Whatcom County's Safer Stronger Together Campaign website has resources for businesses:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Businesses

We have Fully Vaccinated Mask Guidance for businesses and organizations in three languages: English, Spanish/español, Russian/Русский

We have also developed a guide, COVID Vaccine Employer Resources (PDF), that offers expert advice to help employers support their employees and communicate effectively about COVID-19 vaccination.

We are updating our COVID-19 Vaccine page regularly with information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Whatcom County. 

What to Do If a Worker Has COVID-19 or Is a Close Contact

If you have a worker who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they will need to stay home and not go to work. As an employer, you must also contact our Business Response Team (BRT) so that we can assist you. Contact us:

We will work with you to keep your business open while ensuring the health and safety of your employees. 

Employer Tool Kit: What to Do When COVID-19 Comes to Work

Our toolkit has guidance and resources to help your business or organization respond quickly and effectively when a worker has confirmed COVID-19 or has been a close contact.

A guide for employers to support and communicate effectively with employees about COVID-19 vaccination.

safer stronger together logo

The "Safer. Stronger. Together." campaign was created to support businesses as we work together to ensure a healthy and welcoming environment for all. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to keep our community healthy while we build consumer confidence and reopen our economy.  

For business sector guidance see Tips & Tools. Posters and signage can be downloaded, or you can request the printed materials for free!