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Poll shows 75% of the public supports reopening restaurants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2021 Contact: Niki Reading niki@readingcomms.com 541-980-1498 Poll shows 75% of the public supports reopening restaurants New national data shows 50 percent indoor capacity is safest

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Weekly Update — Reopening bill is our top priority; Lodging tax no longer proposed for city/counties

Reopening bill is our top priority Senate Bill 5114 and House Bill 1321 would immediately move the entire state to Phase 2, allowing businesses to resume at 25% capacity, and

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Weekly Update — [Updated rules] WA restaurants, hotel gyms, bowling + Association seeks unemployment insurance relief

Association seeks unemployment insurance relief  The Washington Hospitality Association’s State Government Affairs Team is working on a proposal to lower unemployment insurance rates before the first payment is due at the

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Need your voice: Support immediate Phase 2 reopening bill

This is your opportunity to sign in to support and provide written or verbal testimony on an exciting bill that would reopen indoor dining. About the bill Senate Bill 5114

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Association seeks unemployment insurance relief

The Washington Hospitality Association’s State Government Affairs Team is working on a proposal that could lower unemployment insurance rates before the first payment is due at the end of April

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Weekly Update — They’re here! PPP application guidelines released

Second draw & reactivation of PPP loans: Application guidelines The Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the second draw of PPP loans in

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Congress unveils $900 billion relief bill

[Updated Dec. 22, 2020] On Dec. 21, Congress unveiled a $900 billion relief bill to provide short-term economic relief to the country in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The

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Weekly Update — Governor announces $100M plan for business support, unemployment insurance rate relief and more

Governor announces $100 million plan for business support, unemployment insurance rate relief Today Gov. Jay Inslee released his budget proposal for the coming biennium that urged legislators in January to

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Weekly Update — Add your voice to the call for federal relief

[ACTION ALERT] Tell your state officials your shutdown story  During this crisis, you have probably wanted to tell your elected officials what it is like to try to keep your

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Weekly Update — Third-party delivery fee cap; Unemployment insurance; new tenting guidance

Governor proclamation: Third-party delivery capped at 15 percent Gov. Jay Inslee on Nov. 19 announced a new cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms, such as Uber

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Weekly Update — Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund applications open

Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund grant applications now open The City of Seattle has announced the next wave of grant funding for the Small Business Stabilization Fund. Fueled by an

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Weekly Update — Spokane County hospitality relief fund

[WIN] Spokane County creates $10.8 million hospitality relief program Spokane County has approved federal CARES Act monies to establish a coronavirus relief grant program for hospitality businesses. Your local government

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Weekly Update — Seattle extends free street permits

Seattle extends street permits and offers free 90-day tent permits Seattle’s free sidewalk café and street closure permits will be extended through Oct. 2021, according to the Mayor’s office. Also,

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Weekly Update — Board of health adopts the new food code

Board of Health adopts the food code After more than two years of discussions, input and revisions from your Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs team, the Washington Board of Health

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Weekly Update — 2021 minimum wage increases

2021 minimum wage rate increases The statewide minimum wage increases to $13.69 per hour beginning Jan.1, 2021, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Workers who are