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Resources for Kirkland Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The most update-to-date information on the City's response to COVID-19 is available here.

The City of Kirkland has taken several actions to help local businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, including:

  • Establishing an "Evenings on Park Lane" Application for Sidewalk Cafés: Temporary Park Lane Street Use Permit Application Form (PDF-149k)
  • Designating temporary pick-up/take-out parking stalls: Temporary Pick-up/Take-out Parking Stalls Application (PDF-132k).
  • Coming soon: Application for Kirkland restaurants to expand outdoor seating into adjoining on-street parking stalls: Temporary "Parklet" Street Use Permit Application Form. 
  • Enacting a moratorium on commercial evictions for small businesses and nonprofits.
  • Launching the (re)STARTUP425 Business Response Teamlinks to external site to provide free, one-on-one assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in navigating relief funding opportunities.
  • Spearheading the Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund, a grant fund program created by a collaboration between the City, Google, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and Banner Bank.
  • Allowing for the temporary deferral and suspension of utility charges.
  • Easing Sign Code regulations that restrict the use of temporary signs to help essential businesses communicate with their customers.
  • Suspending time limitations for downtown parking and implemented free parking at City-owned lots to help with curb-side pickup of carry out food. *NOTE: Parking is being enforced in Marina Park. 
  • Implementing a Human Services Stabilization Initiative to support our human services providers.
  • Producing and mailing a COVID-19 resource packet to all licensed Kirkland businesses.

We will continue to update this webpage with additional information and resources available to Kirkland businesses and nonprofits. 

King County to Allow Limited Openings of Businesses

We are currently in Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan. As such, restaurants and retailers are allowed to serve customers in their establishments, in addition to other modified openings for a wide range of businesses and activities. Public Health – Seattle & King County will monitor transmission trends, medical capacity and other key indicators to help inform further reopening decisions.

Businesses are required to follow the state Department of Health’s specific guidance but must adjust their occupancy to the levels identified here. The State defines an establishment’s capacity as the fire code. The intent is to limit business operations to a level that allows for social distancing. Additionally, businesses in retail, professional services, and real estate must take steps to reduce indoor operations to thirty minutes. This is not meant to be timed to the second – no one is expected to have a stopwatch – but customers should be informed why it is important to limit close interactions.

This is part of the State's "Safe Start" approachlinks to external site to re-opening. For more information on the details of Phase 2 of King County’s re-opening, please visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County website.links to external site

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Grants & Loans

ADVISING

(re)STARTUP425’s Business Response Teamlinks to external site can provide free technical advising to assist in accessing financial options (like grants and SBA loans), becoming loan-ready, and retaining employees. They’ve partnered with Business Impact NW, a community-development financial institution and nonprofit, to bring Eastside businesses one-on-one advising from local experts in small business resilience.


GRANTS

The Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund was created by Google, the City of Kirkland, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and Banner Bank’s Kirkland branch to provide immediate grants to qualifying small businesses and small nonprofits in Kirkland impacted by COVID-19. Although the first round of applications for the Relief Fund is now closed, there may be an additional round of grants. For more information, including application details and information on contributing to the fund, please visit the Chamber’s websitelinks to external site.


Seattle Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fundlinks to external site, which will initially assist nonprofit organizations that work with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its consequences. Please note that this fund will not initially assist nonprofits that have lost revenue, though this may be considered in the future.

Facebook has established a Small Business Grants Programlinks to external site to assist businesses in addressing the impacts of COVID-19. These grants will include both cash grants and ad credits.

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Leases, Utilities, and Taxes

LEASES

The City Council created a moratorium on small business and nonprofit organization evictions in Kirkland due to nonpayment of rent or the expiration of leases during the COVID-19 proclamation of emergency or 60 days after the directive (dated March 31, 2020), whichever happens sooner. The moratorium can be extended beyond 60 days with ratification of the City Council. On June 16, the Council passed Resolution R-5432, which extends the moratorium 60 days from June 10, 2020, or until the end of the emergency proclamation, whichever happens sooner. 


Communities Rise have published a Lease Amendment Toolkitlinks to external site to assist small businesses and nonprofits in negotiating their commercial leases. 


UTILITIES

  • The City of Kirkland is suspending all late fees, tag fees, and water shut offs until 30 days after rescission of Governor’s Executive Order. Although utility charges are not being discounted or waived, deferral of your utility bill allows you to delay payment of current charges.
  • Puget Sound Energylinks to external site is not disconnecting utility service for non-payment at this time. Additionally, it is temporarily waiving late fees for non-payment. It will work with customers on options like payment plans and bill extensions.
  • Comcast Xfinity is not disconnecting internet service or assessing late fees at this time. Eligible customers can get more information and contact Comcastlinks to external site.
  • CenturyLink is not disconnecting internet service or assessing late fees at this time. Eligible customers can get more information and contact CenturyLinklinks to external site.
  • T-Mobile is not disconnecting small business customers due to inability to pay at this time. Additionally, it is temporarily waiving any late fees that small business customers incur due to the COVID-19 situation. Eligible customers can find more information from T-Mobilelinks to external site.

TAXES

  • State Department of Revenue is offering filing extensions and penalty waivers for state-level B&O taxes. Eligible businesses can get more information and applylinks to external site.
  • The federal Internal Revenue Service has announced an extension of the April 15 tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, regardless of the amount owed. The IRS can provide additional informationlinks to external site.

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Resources for Employers and Workers

Communities Rise has launched a virtual COVID-19 Legal Clinic to assist small businesses and nonprofits in Washington state with COVID-19-related business legal issues. They have set up a new streamlined online platformlinks to external site to match clients and volunteer attorneys with minimal processing time.

Washington State Employment Security Department: COVID-19 Assistancelinks to external site

Guidance and Resources for COVID-19 Topics Related to Labor & Industries (L&I)links to external site

Help for businesses wanting to keep employee health coverage: The State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has let all health insurers know they have flexibility in defining who is eligible for coverage under the employer-sponsored health plan. If an employer would like to try to keep their employees covered or have other questions, they should reach out directly to their health insurer. Visit the Coronavirus and Health Insurance webpagelinks to external site for more information.

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Federal, state, and other financial programs

CARES ACT INFORMATION

WASHINGTON STATE

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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This information is being provided to you by the City of Kirkland for informational purposes only.  The City makes no specific representations or endorsements with respect to these programs and services.