Weekly Update — Tell your county officials: Phase 2 by June 1; Return to work webinar with legal expert; Hazard pay for delivery drivers

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[Action alert] Tell your county officials you want Phase 2 by June 1

Monday is June 1 and your restaurants in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties may not be able to move into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan allowing in-house dining at 50 percent occupancy. We need you to contact your local county elected officials and let them know restaurants are ready to serve.

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[Webinar] Top 10 ready-to-work questions for restaurants

Join the Washington Hospitality Association for another informative webinar, this time addressing the top 10 questions we’ve heard from members regarding restaurant reopening. Helping answer your questions will be Catharine Morisset, attorney at law with Fisher Phillips LLC. Click here to register.

Is your team concerned about unemployment fraud?

The Employment Security Department reported a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to fraud, with real Washington state residents’ names used in the act. We’ve put together this resource to help guide your employees if they are concerned that they have been impacted. Click here to read more.

Seattle City Council considers hazard pay for delivery/rideshare drivers

On Monday the Seattle City Council considers a bill to require hazard pay for delivery drivers working during the current pandemic. Delivery and rideshare companies would be required to pay $5 to the driver for each drop off in Seattle. To read more, click here.

City of Spokane restaurant and retail survey

The city of Spokane is seeking your input on strategies to expand outdoor seating as the region gradually re-opens restaurants, taverns and retail. Click here to take the survey.

Spokane City Council expands outdoor dining options

The Spokane City Council on May 21 voted to approve a plan to help restaurants expand their capacities. Restaurants and other businesses can set up dining operations on the sidewalk or in parking areas on the street. The ordinance the city passed waives the public comment periods as well as waives the fees associated with the permits through the end of September.

To learn more, click here.

[Free training] ServSafe reopening guidance on coronavirus precautions

The 13-minute video aligns with guidance provided by the National Restaurant Association, ServSafe and subject matter experts.

Video topics include:

  • Coronavirus symptoms and preventing its spread
  • Recognizing actions to reduce risk to employees and guests
  • Guidelines for face coverings, hand washing and food handling
  • Guidelines for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting
  • Physical and operational changes to maintain social distancing

Content is available in English and Spanish. Take the training here.

ServSafe Manager course available online

In-person classes may be canceled, but your employees can still take the ServSafe Manager course online. Employees have 90 days from the date of purchase to complete the course and take the exam with a proctor. Purchase the course on the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation website here.

Industry Roundup

Los Angeles and New York City cap third-party delivery fees (Restaurant Hospitality)


Launches of limited-time offerings and new menu items accelerate (Restaurant Business)


Burger King’s latest ad targets its workers, not customers (Adweek)


Starbucks wants more drive-thrus and fewer mall locations (Restaurant Business)

Categories: Coronavirus, News Room