Weekly Update — [Breaking news] New hospitality business restrictions + Action plan to handle anti-maskers

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[Breaking news] WA state tightens hospitality business restrictions

Today Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions for the hospitality industry with the goal of curtailing the spread of coronavirus in Washington state. These restrictions take effect July 30, 2020, unless otherwise noted. Click here to see how your operations may be changing.

CEO response: “Never lose faith”

Association President and CEO Anthony Anton responds to the impact on the industry. Read them here.

[CEO Podcast] Let’s talk about the new restrictions

Association President and CEO Anthony Anton will hop on Zoom at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 for his monthly chat with members – and to talk about the latest legal challenges, state of the industry and virus spread. Register here.

Action plan to handle anti-maskers

Our friends over at Fisher-Phillips, attorneys at law, have prepared this handy resource article to help operators navigate the thorny legal waters of mask compliance. Make sure you’re in the know by clicking here.

Register for meetings in your area

The Washington Hospitality Association is hosting a series of virtual town halls, bringing together hospitality members and local lawmakers to speak to the issues impacting our state and industry. Association President and CEO Anthony Anton will present a state of the industry speech and we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest changes from state government as well as providing opportunity to let your questions be heard by your local elected officials. These events are scheduled to be one hour long and will all begin at 10 a.m.

Southeastern Washington (July 30) Click here to register
Northwestern Washington (Aug. 6) Click here to register
Snohomish County (Aug. 13) Click here to register

King County extends food permits fee due dates

Recognizing the financial strain the pandemic has on food businesses, Public Health — Seattle & King County is offering the third extension since March on permit fee due dates without penalty of late fees. For the new dates, click here.

Download and print these pool closure flyers for your hotel

Restrictions on pool usage differs from Phase 2 to Phase 3. We’ve prepared flyers to help our lodging members communicate the status of their pool facilities to their guests. Download at the links below.

Phase 2
Phase 3

How to navigate mask enforcement + new restrictions for hospitality industry

Join expert restaurant consultant Rick Braa and property law authority Sandip Soli for a webinar on navigating the legal challenges of enforcing the statewide mask mandate in your business and new restrictions on hospitality in an uncertain economy. This do-not-miss event is at 10 a.m. on July 29. Register here.

Industry Roundup

New safety tool at SEA Airport scans restaurant employee hands to ensure cleanliness (KIRO 7)

Insight on economy hotels’ rise above higher segments (Hotel News Now)

Chicago to tighten bar, restaurant rules after coronavirus spike (Restaurant-Hospitality)

How comfort food brands can chart a course for post-pandemic growth (Smart Brief)