Chamber members step up during the coronavirus outbreak

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 03/20/2020

We're thankful to our members and all they're doing to support our community and each other during the coronavirus outbreak

Seattle Metro Chamber members represent 2,600 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 750,000. Across every industry, our members are addressing the myriad ways the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has affected our community and our economy. How Chamber members are stepping up to support our community during this difficult time

We're monitoring this rapidly evolving situation closely and we'll be updating this list as things change. If you have news to add to this list, please tag us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram so we can see what you're doing or contact Corinne Lumens at

Conducting Research and Advancing Testing 

Supporting Small Businesses 

Supporting Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Delivery

Slowing the Spread and Supporting Employees  

  • REI retail stores closing until March 27 and all employees from their stores will be paid during this temporary closure - March 15
  • Starbucks switches to a "to-go" model in the U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks, temporarily closes stores in high social-gathering locations and in areas with high levels of community spread. It also adds $10 million to its Caring Unites Partners fund to support employee needs beyond pay and temporarily expands its back-up childcare program. - March 15 
  • Starbucks offers access to catastrophe pay and benefits that support partners' physical and mental health: Navigating through COVID-19 - March 11

Supporting Vulnerable Employees   

Providing Reliable Data 

Addressing Food Insecurity 

Connecting You to Arts and Culture

Utility Relief and Expanded Services