Weekly Update: Fully vaccinated weddings and events + Catharine Morisset webinar

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New guidelines for fully vaccinated weddings, funerals and events

Washington state issued new guidelines for weddings, funerals and events if all the guests are vaccinated. Read all about them here.

King Co. announces mask directive

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin today issued a Health Officer Directive to keep wearing facemasks in indoor public spaces to slow the spread of coronavirus. This directive will remain in effect until 70% of all adults 16 and older are fully vaccinated. Read more here.

Look for more information coming soon for statewide guidance on masks and vaccines.

[Webinar] Recovery: Policies regarding masks, vaccines, employees and guests

Do you still have questions about masks and vaccines? Join Washington Hospitality employment law attorney Catharine Morisset at 2 p.m. May 28 as she discusses:

  • Mask and vaccine legal requirements for your employees
  • Lawful vaccine incentive programs
  • Mask policies for guests
  • Whether and how to ask guests for proof of vaccination

Brought to you by IBA. Click here to register.

Alcohol for proof of vaccination allowed

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced a temporary allowance for on-premises liquor-licensed businesses to offer one alcoholic beverage to customers in exchange for proof of vaccination. Click here to read more.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund closing: Help secure another round

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced this week that it will close the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at 2 p.m. PDT on May 24. The program will remain open until Monday because funding is still available through a set-aside for micro-businesses with under $50,000 in annual gross receipts. All eligible applicants can still apply. Larger businesses should still consider applying before the deadline to secure a place in line for a possible second round of funding. Learn more on our updated toolkit.

Help secure more funding: Please join the effort to secure more funding for hard-hit restaurants. We’ve demonstrated our industry’s overwhelming need for economic relief, and now we are petitioning policy leaders in Washington D.C. to expand the RRF. You can help by texting MORERELIEF to 52886 or add your name to the petition.

Tell lawmakers: Pass Save Hotel Jobs Act

The Save Hotel Jobs Act was introduced in Congress to provide a lifeline to hotel workers and hoteliers. Key provisions of the legislation include creating direct-payroll grants and establishing tax credits to support worker safety. The American Hotel & Lodging Association has joined forces with the hospitality union UNITE HERE to call on lawmakers to pass this urgently needed help. Read more here.

Join ESD’s virtual conference

Join the Employment Security Department on June 8 and 9 for WIN with SharedWork! Virtual Conference. When employers use the SharedWork program through Sept. 4, 2021, unemployment benefits paid won’t count against their account or cause a rise in their future taxes. Click here to apply. Find out if you qualify for SharedWork by calling 1-800-752-2500, option 3 or visiting the SharedWork website.

Kitsap County Hospitality Job Fair 

WorkSource Kitsap is hosting a hospitality-specific virtual job fair May 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Employers interested in attending must register by May 25.  More information can be found here.

2021 labor posters are still available 

State and federal law require that you post one labor poster in each business. You get one free poster with every membership and can get additional posters for just $5 each. Save time and trouble by getting all your required 2021 posters in one place, delivered straight to you. Click here.

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