[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 business afloat. The Washington Hospitality Association has a tool to help your through this process. Please share the link with your team members, customers and suppliers. Click here to respond and share.

The site will ask you a few basic questions and help you complete an email that will go directly to your elected officials. The 2021 legislative session is approaching, and we need our lawmakers to know what you have been going through and what you need.

[Federal Action Alert] Join the call for federal restaurant relief 

There are only a few days left – use this action alert to email your congressperson and join the fight for federal relief. The National Restaurant Association is calling for everyone to join in a coordinated email campaign to impress the urgency of federal relief on Congress before it breaks for the rest of the year.

Regional meetings coming to you next week—last chance to register  

Join Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton and State Government Affairs Director Julia Gorton in a discussion of the upcoming legislative session and our 2021 legislative priorities.

After the discussion, join your local elected officials and listen to a State of the Industry update followed by a conversation about the impacts of the coronavirus on your business.

Click here to select your region and register. State lawmakers are scheduled to attend each of these meetings–this is your opportunity to let them hear from you.


  • Spokane, 10 a.m., Dec. 15
  • Seattle, 10 a.m., Dec. 16
  • South/East King County, 2 p.m., Dec. 17

[Win] Courts rule in favor of policyholders for business income loss claims

Recent court battles in Washington state and around the country have been victorious for businesses that have suffered loss from the coronavirus pandemic or its related lockdowns. This article has all the details — click here to read more.

Single-use plastic bags—what you need to know 

During the 2020 legislative session, the legislature passed a statewide ban that prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags starting Jan. 1, 2021. This may be delayed, but for the moment, the Jan. 1 date still stands. Read more here.

No increase in average price of Washington workers’ comp insurance

For the first time in two decades, Washington workers’ compensation rates have dropped or stayed steady for four years in a row. The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced that there will be no increase for the average premium rate in 2021. Read more here.

Boost revenue with e-gift cards

Adoption of e-gift cards has accelerated because of the pandemic. E-gift card use is expected to grow 18.1% each year, reaching almost $102 billion in revenue by 2024. A well-established program can help boost sales and attract new customers. Read more here.

Did you know you can get in-person visits with a telemedicine health plan?

With Virtual Plus, you start your medical journey with a virtual visit. Then you can get a referral for an in-person visit and lower your copay by over 50% in the process. Starting virtual can make your in-person visit more efficient, saving you time and money. Contact Holly Hahn for more information.

Association business insurance program adjusts premiums for pandemic

The association’s business insurance program is working with carriers to do a sales adjustment to member’s policies due to closures or lack of sales. If you aren’t using our program, we will perform a policy audit and provide feedback on how you can get the most out of your policy. Learn more about our program here.

Provide flexibility with telemedicine 

Telemedicine health care plans are often less expensive, more cost effective and flexible. The association offers three different telemedicine options through our Healthcare Solutions program. Shop telemedicine here.


Show diners your commitment to their safety 

The ServSafe Dining Commitment shows your customers you’re dedicated to their safety. Committing means you have met a strict set of requirements that support food safety and adhere to coronavirus guidelines. Once approved, participants can request a decal to place on their windows or doors. Check out the commitment here.

As the ServSafe Food Handler is not accepted in Washington, the association has worked with ServSafe to ensure our state food handler’s certification is enough to satisfy the requirement. When filling out the form, fill out the first food handler space with this code: FH Washington certificate 985012020 and leave the remaining nine spaces blank.

For assistance, contact Kelsi Mayther at kelsim@wahospitality.org.

ServSafe Manager Online is here to stay

Washington can’t have in-person ServSafe Manager classes, but your employees can still get certified online. Employees can take the course and exam with an online proctor, all from the safety of their own homes, at their own pace. Register here.

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