Port of Pasco Response to COVID-19
As of March 24, 2020: Due to a declaration by the Governor of Washington to “stay at home”, the Port has moved our Operations Level to Emergency Operations. All employees whose job functions permit telecommuting have been told to work from home. Maintenance, law enforcement, guards, key accounting staff, and upper management are considered essential employees and have been directed to report to work. Social distancing practices shall be strictly followed. We will remain in Emergency Operations until conditions and health guidance provided at the local, state, and federal level direct otherwise. Critical repairs will still be made.
The Port is working with our economic development partners across the community and the state to encourage relief efforts for businesses and employees hard hit by the virus and the actions taken to reduce its spread. Information about resources for businesses is available on many web sites. We recommend the Washington State COVID-19 portal at coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers, the Association of Washington Business website at www.awb.org and local information at www.tridec.org.
The Port's federal partner provided the following information on some of the available federal programs to assist businesses.
- EIDL Program
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Paid Sick And Family Leave Tax Credits
- Employee Retention Credit
- Employer Payroll Tax Deferral
- Port of Pasco Rent Deferral Program
We will provide periodic updates as we continue to respond to an ever-changing situation. We encourage everyone to stay safe. For more information please visit the Washington State Department of Health website, www.doh.wa.gov, for the most up-to-date information about cases of coronavirus in Washington state and the CDC, www.cdc.gov for national guidance.
Thank you for your support to safeguard the health of Port employees, tenants and citizens.