Many businesses are struggling to survive due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, and with explosive growth in daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and new restrictions, businesses are suffering even more going into the cold and rainy months. The Chamber's #WeGotThisWA webinar series is here to help our region's businesses navigate the pandemic. Expanding outdoors?
To help businesses expand into safe and socially distanced outdoor operations as the pandemic continues, the City of Seattle has extended their temporary Street Use permits through October 2021. This means Seattle Department of Transportation will continue to issue free sidewalk café and curb space permits, plus free street closure permits. The Seattle Fire Department will also issue free tent and heating permits. Representatives from SDOT and SFD discussed what you need to know during our November 19 #WeGotThisWA webinar, which you can listen to here
.Filing for Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness?
In addition, we dove into the specifics of PPP Loan forgiveness at our November 20 #WeGotThisWA webinar with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Washington Small Business Development Center. They shared examples of the forgiveness application forms, borrower documentation requirements, and answers to frequently asked questions about the process. You can listen to the whole webinar here
We will continue to advocate on your behalf. As the economic consequences from the pandemic continue, we are pressing for more aid at every level of government, especially during this stage when businesses have to restrict activities. Our advocacy includes urging Governor Inslee to make more funding available to businesses, and we are encouraged by the $50 million commitment he made in his November 20 remarks. We are also urging our public officials to recognize the fragile state of our economy as they consider policy proposals that affect business costs.
We also stand with state, regional, and local leaders in urging Congress to take action now on a broad federal relief package that includes assistance for small businesses as well as for state and local governments. Businesses and their workers are going into this third wave without many of the programs that Congress authorized earlier this year – programs that helped many businesses weather the earlier restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.