The Washington Association of Landscape Professionals is monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 concerns on public safety.

The Governor and the State of Washington has issued Proclamation 20-25 regarding “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”.

WALP has created this page to keep you informed and updated as we move forward.

COVID-19 Washington State Proclamation 20-25 and Updates

Washington State Resources

Federal COVID-19 Resources

National Association of Landscape Professionals Resources

Other Association Resources

Resources for Businesses

NEW COVID-19 Resources for Your Business

NEW – Key Tax Provisions in COVID-19 Relief Package

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers – Guidance Impacted by November 15 Statewide Restrictions

Tax Relief 

  • IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing Date: The tax-filing deadline will remain July 15, but the IRS will waive penalties and interest on tax payments for 90 days. Click here for more.
  • Excise Tax Filing Assistance:  The Washington State Department of Revenue will work with businesses that cannot file or pay their excise taxes on time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Affected businesses may qualify for filing extensions or penalty waivers. Click here for more.
  • The Washington State Department of Revenue: A helpful guide that outlines frequently asked questions about how to file and pay online, audits, and more. Click here for more.
  • B&O Tax: The Washington State Department of Revenue is allowing businesses to request a one-time, 24-month penalty waiver if you have not owed a late penalty in the last 24 months. Also, businesses can request a 30-day extension of B&O taxes without payment or 30+ days with deposit. For more information, call (360) 705-6705.

Financial Relief

  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Insurance
    • If employers have bought the right endorsements, insurance policies may cover cancelled events or businesses losses. Contact the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-562-6900 or go to for more information.

Managing Employees

  • SharedWork Program: SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. This is a little known but powerful program to help workers stay employed while drawing needed benefits. Learn more »
  • The US Department of Labor (DOL): More information will be coming out with further guidance for granting small business exemptions from the Response Act that require employer-paid sick and medical leave. NAHB will be voicing our ideas for this guidance with the agency and will keep you in the loop as DOL develops and publicizes its criteria. Learn more »
  • Workers’ Compensation: For questions about Workers’ Compensation and Coronavirus (COVID-19), click here.

WA State Department of Agriculture

Washington State Department of Agriculture: The situation around COVID-19 in Washington State continues to develop.  A website capturing statewide efforts has been created and is a good resources for general COVID-19 information. Click here for more. 

Foreign Worker Processing Updates

AmericanHort is advocating for our industry. They have created a special page to keep you up to date as developments occur.  Click here.

Resources for Employees

  • Washington State Unemployment: If you or an employee is affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. The agency has adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses. Learn more »
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave: If you are sick with COVID-19, as with any other illness, a healthcare provider must certify that you are unable to work in order to qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Quarantine (and school closures) are not qualifying events under this program. It is recommended that you use employer-provided paid sick leave if available.  Learn more.
  • Employment Security Department (ESD): Download an easy to read flyer for COVD-19 Scenario & Benefits Chart.  Download flyer »

Graphic Resources

Please use the below flyers to distribute as you see fit in your community and business.