New Guidance: Buffets and salad bars now allowed; bar seating and live music is not
Gov. Jay Inslee’s office on July 7 issued new clarifying guidance for restaurants and taverns, allowing self-serve salad bars and buffets to resume service in Phase 2 as long as they meet certain requirements. Live music and bar seating is not allowed in Phases 2 and 3. Read more here.

Did you know? Paycheck Protection Program funding still available
On July 4 the president signed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program lending deadline – changing the deadline from June 30 to Aug. 8. Click here to see if you are eligible and apply.

[How to] Encourage customers to mask up
The state of Washington now requires businesses to deny service to customers who refuse to wear a mask. How do you effectively help guests comply to keep everyone safe? Click here for official guidance.

[Posters] Print out these mask safety posters for your front door
Download and print these posters to communicate to your customers the best ways to keep each other safe. Click here.

Reminder: Check your restaurant operations to ensure compliance
The Seattle Restaurant Alliance team received an update from Public Health — Seattle & King County regarding Phase 2 compliance by restaurants. The agency representative reported its team has completed spot checks and provided educational material to restaurant operators – especially around specific directives. Click here to see the requirements the health department is looking for.

You’re invited: Decide which state legislative candidates to endorse
On July 21, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) will decide on which state legislative candidates to endorse and support, and you’re invited to attend. Click the button below to register. If you have feedback about any of the state legislative candidates, email Julia Gorton (juliag@wahospitalitydotorg). If you have any questions about the GAC Candidate Endorsement Meeting, contact Katie Doyle (katied@wahospitalitydotorg). Register here.

Webinar replay: Listen to our first podcast, featuring President and CEO Anthony Anton
This is our very first podcast, featuring member questions and answers with President and CEO Anthony Anton. Anton discusses all the changes and challenges that have been facing our industry. Watch here.

Pierce County: Join our first Town Hall July 23
Join us at 10 a.m. July 23 for our first virtual town hall for Pierce County. This first town hall will be an avenue for operators to communicate with local legislators and to share ideas on how you are operating under the current restrictions. Not in Pierce County? We’ll have more town halls in the coming weeks in your area. Register here.

Register for our group purchasing webinar July 22
Register today for our upcoming webinar about group purchasing programs and how they can affect your bottom line. We’ll be joined by Joseph Schlesman and David Vargus of the Dining Alliance, a group purchasing organization with an emphasis on helping independent businesses succeed. This webinar is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 22. Register here.

Get your employees ServSafe Manager certified online
ServSafe Manager exams can now be taken online with an online proctor. We have an amazing deal for members to get the entire package, course, exam and proctor, for $134. This is a $45 savings and will only be available through July 31. Register.