New statewide mask mandate for large outdoor events

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new statewide mask mandate for everyone five years of age and older regardless of vaccination status for outdoor events of 500 or more people. This new statewide policy goes into effect on Monday, Sept. 13 and is similar to requirements that were put in place in King and Pierce counties this week. Click here to read more.

Vaccine verification requirements developing in King County

King County is exploring a possible vaccine verification requirement for hospitality businesses and other public-facing establishments and venues. The policy would be like those enacted in other major cities like New York City and San Francisco. County officials are also working with a variety of groups including the business community on a system to streamline the verification process

Read more about the vaccine verification developments in King County.

National Food Safety Month: Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting

All month, The Washington Hospitality Association and the National Restaurant Association will be sharing resources and tips for National Food Safety Month. Read up on Cleaning & Sanitizing Best Practices or download resources like posters and webinar replays to take an in-depth look.

Liquor & Cannabis Board wants to hear from you

Alcohol to-go rules

The LCB will be interviewing liquor licensees about the potential costs of compliance with proposed rules on the state’s new alcohol to-go law (HB 1480). If you’re willing to share your feedback, send an email to with the information listed here.

Impacts of remote work on licensees

Like many organizations, the majority of LCB staff have been working from home during the pandemic. The LCB is planning to offer work-from-home options to employees on a long-term basis. The agency wants feedback on your experiences working with the LCB during the pandemic.

Click here to submit responses to this brief LCB remote work survey.

Grow your business and more

This recent webinar with input from multiple state agencies has helpful information for growing businesses of every kind. Learn from L&I about financing your growth, licensing requirements from the Washington State Department of Revenue and more. For more crucial information for small businesses click here.

New mask and vaccine signs available

Having a clear and transparent policy regarding masks and vaccines can be an effective tool in de-escalating potentially difficult conversations with guests. The Washington Hospitality Association’s communications team created several downloadable PDFs you can print and put on display. New options were added this week, so click here to download your signs from our Coronavirus Resource Hub today.

[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.

10-minute coronavirus restaurant impact survey

The National Restaurant Association is collecting information on the economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The data collected will be used to inform ongoing advocacy activities for critical RRF replenishment funds. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Please submit a completed survey by September 15.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey.

[Virtual training] Cracking the code on lower back pain

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics states one in five on-the-job injuries involves the lower back. Dr. Kevin Rindal will present innovative strategies for preventing lower back injuries before they occur while concurrently building a more resilient workforce. The webinar is at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28. Register here.

[Virtual training] 10-feet tall and bulletproof

Jack Jackson, president of Zion Safety Consulting and senior consultant with Safestart, will lead attendees through the transition all employees need to make: from thinking that nothing can hurt us to learning from our mistakes. Jack previously led a former employer to a 10-year period without a lost-time accident and will engage us in critical thinking about safety cultures in the workplace. The webinar is at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16. Register here.

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