BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine mandate issued in Jefferson and Clallam counties

On Sept. 2, officials in Jefferson and Clallam counties announced a new vaccine mandate for anyone entering bars and restaurants. These orders go into effect on Saturday, Sept. 4.

This is a developing story. We will share additional details with association members as we learn more.

King Co. issues outdoor mask mandate for gatherings of 500+

Masks will be required for everyone five years of age and older regardless of vaccination status for outdoor events of 500 or more people in King County starting on Sept. 7. Public health officials continue to strongly recommend all people wear masks in all outdoor settings.

From the King County news release:
“Every day, large numbers of hospitals are reaching out to the Washington Medical Coordination Center,” said Dr. Steve Mitchell, director of Emergency Services at Harborview Medical Center.  “In the past few days, nearly 60% of the calls have been COVID-related. Capacity and staffing issues in hospitals are widespread and consistent across the state. The most significant impacts in western Washington are in south King, Thurston and Pierce counties.”

Click here to read more.

All the relief. All in one place.

You’ve probably heard that relief programs like the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are no longer accepting applicants. But as the latest wave of the pandemic threatens the hospitality industry again, the calls for a new round of funding are growing louder.

This regularly updated page has the latest on the programs to help your business recover. We’ll let you know the current efforts to replenish the RRF and give you guidance on tax credits like ERTC.

Add this page to your web browser’s favorites bar and stay current on the acronyms you love to hear like the WOTC, EIDL and more!

Are you considering a vaccination policy for your business?

The rapid spread of the delta variant and an increase in hospitalization rates have motivated several business operators to adopt vaccine policies for employees, guests or both. The resources linked below will help you make a decision that’s best for your business.

New mask & vaccine signs available

Hot off the press! New downloadable mask and vaccine signs are available for you to display in your business. Having a clear and transparent policy regarding masks and vaccines can be an effective tool in de-escalating potentially difficult conversations with guests.

Expansion of EIDL Program Would Bring More Relief to Restaurants

While we continue to push for Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), we’ve been working to identify other avenues for relief to pandemic-related revenue loss. Our partners at the National Restaurant Association have engaged the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to expand its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which was created to help small businesses struggling to cover business operations.

If the program expands, more restaurants would qualify for loans; amounts for loans would be higher; and the funds could be used to offset previous commercial/private debt.

For more information on how you can benefit from the EIDL program, check out this webinar led by the National Restaurant Association earlier this summer and a group letter urging SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman to adopt changes to the EIDL program.  

[Webinar] What you need to know about the single-use plastic bag ban

Shannon Jones, material management coordinator for Western Washington at the Department of Ecology, will discuss the single-use plastic bag ban with Samantha Louderback, state government affairs senior manager at the Washington Hospitality Association. Bring your questions at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Register here.

[Webinar] The Need-to-Knows of PCI DSS Compliance

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards were created to protect your business and customers but achieving and maintaining those standards can be time-consuming and complex. Attend our webinar at 10 a.m. on Sept. 30 to learn more about PCI DSS and strategies to stay in compliance. Register here.

Long-term care: Private policies open for enrollment until Sept. 30

Healthcare Solution has partnered with AllState to bring your employees an employer-sponsored private long-term care policy. Enrolling in this policy would replace the WA Cares Fund payroll tax. Include this in your employee benefits package to provide employees with more flexibility and access to funds. Email for more information.

Group purchasing savings return more than the average membership investment

Our group purchasing solution returns your membership investment 1.3 times over. This means that when you sign up and use this service, the money you receive back in your bank account is equal to more than the average cost of membership. The best part? It’s free to use. Sign up here and start saving.

[Replay] CEO Podcast: What the delta variant means for hospitality

This month, Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton discussed the delta variant, what it means for hospitality, vaccines and the state of the industry. Watch it here.

Fall back into training with these promotions

ServSafe Manager: Get 15% off your total when you register employees for in-person classes or schedule a private class. Use the promotion code Fallback15.

ServSafe Alcohol: Get 20% off your online registrations with the promotion code WAPromo20. Promotions are valid through Nov. 30.

Available in-person ServSafe Manager classes:

Seattle, Bargreen Ellingson (Industrial District) 

  • Oct. 5, registration deadline is Sept. 21. 
  • Nov. 2, registration deadline is Oct. 19. 

Tacoma, Bargreen Ellingson 

  • Oct. 11, registration deadline is Sept. 27. 
  • Nov. 16, registration deadline is Oct. 19.

Register for ServSafe Manager classes here. Register for MAST training here.

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