Retail Re-opening Resources
For other COVID response resources for retailers and/or employers, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Guide.
CURRENT SAFE START STATUS (LAST UPDATED JUNE 30, 2020)
When the entire retail sector is prepared to meet this challenge by giving consumers the assurance that reopening our economy is gradual and well-thought out, customers will come back with confidence.
Retail opening updates:
- Governor Inslee announces statewide facial covering mandate to take effect on Friday, June 26. Read full memo.
- The Governor has also issued a separate proclamation specific to Yakima county due to the very high rates of infection in that region.
- Resources for employers to balance implementing Labor and Industries’ new emergency COVID guidance and disabilities accommodation requirements.
- Federal resources – the “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws”
- State resources consolidated: Health and/or disability accommodation
- Safe Start Washington: Phased Reopening County-by-County – as of June 8, face coverings are required for all employees with exceptions. For additional guidance, you may consult Labor and Industries’ COVID-19 Common Questions regarding Worker Face Covering and Mask Requirements.
- Issued June 5 – The Governor has released a template for Phase 3 Businesses
- Governor Inslee has released a memo and a set of guidelines for the pet grooming industry.
- The Governor has opened Phase 1 – Curbside retail effective May 8. See Phase 1 requirements.
- Effective May 13 Governor Inslee also released requirements for Phase 2 operations.
- See Phase 2 requirements.
Effective May 26, 2020, previously authorized retail must implement all requirements under Phase 2 In Store Retail.
Re-opening Education Series (upcoming and/or recordings):
Paid leave options have expanded due to COVID. Employers will do well to not only understand the requirements. This presentation offers a side-by-side comparison of the state and federal expanded COVID leaves based on rules and legislation passed.
For retailers who are about to enter Phase II (Limited In-Store) opening, you will learn tips and best practices from retail and safety experts, including marketing after COVID and practical operating experience during COVID. You will gain insights into making the Retail COVID Safety Operational Plan real to build employee and customer confidence.
Retail Doctor explains how to reopen your store
Watch the video here.
Retail consultant Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, is sharing a short video to help retailers reopen from the coronavirus pandemic with the right attitude and strategy.
Phibbs’ premise is straightforward: he said COVID-19 was a “seismic shock” to the trust customers used to have with retailers. Store owners must win back their customers’ trust to survive the pandemic, he explains in his video.
In short, Phibbs advises:
- Retrain your employees to project hope, not fear or discomfort, with shoppers.
- The key to recovery will be sales approached creatively, not passively. Employees must hone interpersonal skills that can increase sales, not passivity that passes up opportunities to help shoppers make discoveries they did not plan before they came into the store.
- Don’t be intimidated that online sales threaten your store’s chances for recovery. Phibbs says owners, managers and employees must make their store the hub of their brands, not the ugly stepchild of an online competitor.