COVID-19 Update: Economic Relief Funding

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

This week is National Police Week, and I hope you will join me in observing a moment of silence to honor the 146 police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year. Let us also remember that even in the midst of a pandemic, our law enforcement officers continue to diligently work on the frontlines. Though we cannot gather to memorialize our fallen officers due to COVID-19, our country is unified in spirit today as we remember their sacrifice.

As for our usual COVID-19 update--you should also be aware that over in D.C., Congress is discussing another coronavirus aid package. While the chances of this particular legislation becoming law are slim, many elements of it may be included in a compromise bill that could be enacted sometime in the next three to six weeks.

In the meantime, the King County Council just approved $7 million for economic relief, consisting of $3.5 million in grants for small businesses in unincorporated King County, $2 million in economic development funds allocated directly to cities, and $1.5 million to fund technical assistance to small business, such as marketing and grant application assistance. If you need help applying for a grant, contact your local Chamber of Commerce.

I encourage you to read my newsletter below for more updates related to the COVID-19 response. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. You can reach me at

Stay safe,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair 
Metropolitan King County Council

Latest Statewide Updates

On Monday, Gov. Inslee issued guidance for Phase 2 of the re-opening of our economy. This notably included guidance for the partial reopening of restaurants, which would be allowed to resume dine-in service at 50% capacity. In King County, the earliest we could expect to move to Phase 2 is June 1. For further reading, see this Seattle Times article on the re-opening.

In addition, Gov. Inslee provided an update on a contact tracing plan that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 as more businesses re-open. For more information, see the Governor’s press release