COVID-19 Business Resources

Essential/Non-Essential Businesses:

Effective at midnight on March 25, 2020, all non-essential businesses in Washington State shall cease operations except for performing basic minimum operations. All essential businesses are encouraged to remain open and maintain operations, but must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Department of Labor or the Washington State Department of Health Guidelines. This prohibition shall remain in effect now through May 4, 2020. Click here to access the Governor’s list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, which lists Essential Businesses that will be allowed to remain open.

WA State Department of Commerce Business and Workers Weekly Newsletter:

The state Economic and Resiliency Team has launched a weekly newsletter to provide news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The newsletter provides information on unemployment insurance, the announcement of a Business Response Center to answer general business inquiries around financial help, information about the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program, and more.

Information for Businesses from Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce: 

Click here to access the Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide.

City of Port Townsend Takes Early Action to Limit COVID-19 Financial Impacts:

To read the press release from City Manager John Mauro, click here.

Vacation Rentals:

Vacation rentals are reminded to remain closed during the Stay-at-Home/Stay-Safe order. To read the press release from Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County’s Public Health Officer, click here.


The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce website contains a "COVID-19 Update" page as well as a "Business Resource" page. Click here to view their page.