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COVID-19 Relief Update for Port Partners

April 6, 2020

In an effort to keep our tenants, stakeholders, and constituents updated on all the COVID-19-related actions that the Port is undertaking, this update summarizes current relief and recovery efforts at the Port and elsewhere. 

Much of the response to this pandemic is about partnering across government agencies and jurisdictions. With that in mind, we are also including links to resources made available by local, state, and federal partners.

Recent Port Actions

  • On Wednesday, April 1st, in a special virtual meeting, the Port Commission announced a relief package for to bar evictions at our facilities and provide emergency financial relief to airport tenants. In that meeting, the Commission also directed the Port’s Executive Director to develop an additional immediate relief package for maritime and real estate tenants. Learn more about this commission action.
  • In addition, the Port’s Economic Development Division is helping connect our small business partners with resources made available through the federal CARES Act and coordinating with local Small Business Development Centers on webinars to assist our tenant businesses in accessing those resources. Read about the Port’s small business efforts.
  • The Port of Seattle advocated for federal relief to ensure that our airport and seaport facilities can continue operating and to help the workers and businesses that support the port’s passenger, cargo, and tourism missions to weather the crisis. Since enactment of the federal CARES Act on Friday, March 27th, Port staff have been working to track implementation and assist our stakeholders in the resources it made available. Read more about the Port’s perspective on the CARES Act.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected every aspect of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) operations, including causing a significant decline in trips for taxi and flat-rate operators. On March 24th, the the Port announced it would suspend taxi and flat-rate drivers per-trip fees for 90 days. Read more about this Port action.

Port Operations to Support the COVID-19 Response

cargo planes at SEA
See how SEA maintains essential cargo operations during COVID-19
set up for field hospital
Sections of Terminal 46 have been made available to the US Army to support the Army Field Hospital at Century Link Exhibition Center.


Additional Relief Updates and Resources

The Port provides regular updates via our COVID-19 tracking page.

For those specifically interested in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) updates, we have a specific page for regular SEA status updates.

In addition, the Port recommends partners, tenants, and constituents to the following resources:

General COVID-19 Resources

Information about the novel coronavirus is updated frequently; check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:

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