There is an ever-changing environment relative to COVID-19 and the Chamber is working with all of our Community and Governmental agencies to provide you with the best information possible. We have been sending regular updates out to our member businesses and fielding their inquiries and concerns and will do the same for anyone reaching out to us.
CARES Act/Coronavirus Relief Funds
Read more about the December 2020 COVID Relief bill here:
Grant Criteria - Business Disruption – Culture & Events
The City/County received funding from the CARES Act/Coronavirus Relief Funds and have jointly allocated $60,000 to fund grants to organizations that had revenue losses related to canceled events in Jefferson County. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and Safe Start plan limited the size and type of events, causing business disruptions for many of the county and city’s non-profit organizations, resulting in lost revenue related to their 2020 events.
To qualify for a grant, the following criteria must be met:
- Organization’s principal location is in Jefferson County
- Organization was in business prior to March 1, 2020.
- Organization’s event was scheduled to be held in Jefferson County between March 1, 2020, and October 1, 2020, and was either canceled or substantially reduced in scope.
- Organization has a valid tax-exempt determination letter from the IRS and has no political affiliations or engages in any political activities.
- Organization has a tax identification number or UBI.
- Organization must certify the following:
- Funding will be used for financial hardship due to COVID-19 incurred after March 1, 2020.
- The revenue decline is not filling a shortfall in government revenues (I.e. taxes, licenses, state, county, federal, and/or city fees).
- Funding related to the revenue shortfalls was not funded by any other funder, whether private, state, or federal.
- Requestor would not be requesting assistance if the organization had not been impacted by COVID-19.
If the organization’s event meets the above criteria, please complete the Cares Act Coronavirus Relief Funds Grant Application below by November 13, 2020.
Weekly Public Health Officer Updates
Each Monday, at 9:45 a.m., Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County, will be giving regular public updates about COVID-19 during the County Commissioner’s weekly meetings. (If Dr. Locke has a conflict, Public Health will provide the briefing on his behalf). The COVID-19 Updates are livestreamed for viewing on the internet, and also are recorded for on-line viewing on demand anytime thereafter.
The weekly COVID-19 Update is an opportunity for all local governments, members of the public, and businesses to tune at 9:45 a.m. to get accurate public health information on COVID-19 from our Public Health Officer.
- To see live or recorded videos of the County Commissioners’ meeting including Dr. Locke’s 9:45 a.m. update, go to www.co.jefferson.wa.us and click on “Videos of Meetings” on the lower left side of the screen.
Outdoor Recreation Updates
Olympic National Park
Access to certain areas of the park is now available. Visit their Alerts & Conditions page for current status.
Olympic National Forest
Most trails & day use sites are open. Dispersed backcountry is allowed. Some developed campgrounds remain closed. Visit their Covid-19 Update page for current status.
Washington State Parks
State parks within Jefferson County are currently open for day use and camping. Visit their Covid-19 Update page for current status.
Public Wifi Locations