Edmonds Businesses Reopen

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The City of Edmonds wants to help Edmonds Businesses Reopen. This site provides tools and links and will be updated as we get more information to share with you. If your question is not answered on this website or if you just want to talk to someone about your business, please call our business hotline at 425-275-4823.

We are currently in Phase 2 of reopening. Read more about the reopening here.

This link provides information for both businesses and workers. As guidelines are updated, they are posted here. Because guidance evolves, we recommend checking back each week to look for updates.

More specific guidelines associated with each business type may be found on this page of the Governor's website.


Helpful Information 

Local, State and Federal Grants for Businesses

  • WISH Fund. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and the Edmonds Chamber Foundation have expanded the scope and capacity of the Foundation’s WISH Fund to award up to $1000 grants to local businesses seeking professional services that will aid in their resiliency during and beyond this unprecedented interruption. Learn more and apply here. Donate here
  • The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has links to federal grants and loans
  • The Small Business Administration’s COVID relief site has links to loans, grants, and information about debt relief.
  • The State of Washington Commerce Department has a StartUp Washington web portal with links to business tools and resources, and state, local and federal grants and loans. It is easy to navigate and comprehensive.

Business toolkit

The State put together this very helpful business toolkit that focuses on a successful reopening. It has advice on communicating with returning employees, customers and downloadable stickers and flyers to place in and around the business to make customers and employees alike feel confident about the reopening.


PPE for your business

The state has a form to request PPE so you can prepare your business to safely reopen. Here is the link. 


What customers want

We deployed a survey of customers to see what they need/want to get back to shopping and dining. We had more than 1500 responses.  We have the general responses and then segmented the responses by women and men and over and under 50.
Summary of General Survey
Supporting Summary Women under 50
Supporting Summary Women over 50
Supporting Summary Men under 50
Supporting Summary Men over 50
Percentages of People Willing to Return to Businesses

How to measure commercial occupancy

Click here for step-by-step guide. 


Which mask for which task 

Download this simple, easy-to-understand hand out to see what mask your employees and your customers need. It's from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industry.


Return to work resources

The Washington State Department of Employment Security has a useful Q and A for both workers and employers about what to expect when people return to work. It includes questions like, "What if my employee doesn't feel safe?" 


Welcome your customers back with Informative Posters/Flyers

We want Edmonds residents and visitors to feel confident about coming back to our local businesses. We worked with Edmonds Downtown Association to create these posters that list the state guidelines for each business type that we will print for you to post. We will distribute posters, or you can print yourself:

Real Estate
Professional Services
Personal Services


City site visits
Over the next several weeks, city workers will visit local businesses to provide support as we all get into compliance. Visits are not compliance enforcement. They are educational and helpful. For example, if you don’t know where to get PPE or are having trouble with a particular issue, we will bridge that gap. If you would like to request a site visit, please call: 425-771.0220


Sidewalk Use Permits
Food and beverage service on City sidewalks are expected to be part of Phase 2 Reopening for businesses. The City of Edmonds allows eating/drinking establishments to operate on the sidewalk in front of their establishments under certain conditions.  Numerous downtown businesses have used this program in the past. A Street Use permit for Bistro Sidewalk Dining (with annual renewal option) is required. Starting this year, the City will allow the sidewalk use area to be designated by special paint markers instead of physical barriers of a certain height. For more information, email the City’s Engineering Division at engineeringpermits@edmondswa.gov or start with the City’s handout E75-A Bistro Sidewalk Dining.


More helpful links

  1. Small Businesses Association Disaster Loan Assistance | Apply Online
  2. Washington State Department of Commerce COVID-19 Information for Businesses: WSDOC
  3. Employment Security Department Information for Workers & Businesses Affected by COVID-19 | ESD | Eligibility
  4. Coronavirus and DOL Services | DOL


Edmonds Business Hotline

The City of Edmonds Business Hotline provides direct, hands-on assistance and response to business owners, investors, applicants for commercial permits, et al, as they encounter difficulties they believe City Hall can help with or can provide appropriate referrals.  Call 425-275-4823. For business license information please call 425-775-2525. 

Human Services Contacts

Mindy Woods, Human Services Program Manager


Patrick Doherty, Director

Megan Luttrell, Program Coordinator
or 425-775-7724