TRI-CITIES, WA - "Tri-Cities Open & Safe" is a region-wide initiative to help local businesses safely reopen their doors. Business owners in the community now have access to a free website equipped with tools and resources to navigate the reopening process in every industry.

Michael Novakovich, President and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities, has teamed up with the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce to launch this one-source for small businesses. In the video above, he explains the goal of Tri-Cities Open & Safe and what resources are currently available for businesses.

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The website contains:

  • COVID-19 Safety Plan Template
  • Business Signage Toolkit
  • Industry Specific Guidelines
  • General Guidance for Individuals and Requirements for Employers
  • COVID-19 Exposure Scenarios & Actions
  • Dos and Don'ts for Employers

Tri-Cities Open & Safe provides industry-specific guidelines for each phase of Washington's reopening plan. For example, the website contains Phase 1 Business Guidelines for construction companies, spiritual services, outdoor recreation, and more. Phase 2 guidance is also available, as local counties prepare to move forward in the reopening process.

Business owners will soon have the option to sign a pledge on the site, indicating their commitment to public health and safety. The Tri-Cities Open & Safe Business Pledge is described as, "Tri-Cities' local business commitment to creating a clean, safe, and healthy environment for residents and visitors as we begin to reopen our businesses and organizations following COVID-19 restrictions."

To access these resources, visit:

Novakovich says more information and marketing materials for Tri-Cities Open & Safe will be released in the days and weeks to come.

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