Gov. Jay Inslee announces five new regions can move to Phase 2

Gov. Jay Inslee announced that five new regions can move into Phase 2 on Sunday, Feb. 14. Click here to see if your region is one of them.

[WIN] Coronavirus relief bill passes; Gov. to sign next 

House Bill 1368 includes $240 million in grants to small businesses through the Department of Commerce’s Working Washington grant program. The Senate voted to approve the bill yesterday and it will be delivered to the governor shortly for his signature. Click here to find out more.

B&O tax relief for hospitality: We need your testimony!

House Bill 1299 provides a 37% reduction in B&O taxes for hospitality businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and bowling alleys. HB 1299 will be heard in committee on Feb. 16. We need your help to show support for this policy, by signing in to note your position for the record or by providing written testimony.

You can offer your written testimony here or sign in as pro here.


Check out our snow toolkit

Make sure you know how to handle all the challenges ice and snow can bring to your operation with our handy snow toolkit.

Sign up today for our private Facebook group for exclusive content 

We’re launching a new group on Facebook this week, one that only members can see. To celebrate this members-only space, we’ll host a webinar with Michelin-rated restaurateur Josh Kobel. He’ll speak on “Pandemic pivots: what’s worked, what has not and what’s next.” It is at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 in our private Facebook group. Click here to join the group.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health offers free coronavirus home-testing kits for hospitality  

Tacoma-Pierce County Health is offering free home-testing kits for hospitality businesses. The county has flyers to post in businesses to educate staff and a limited supply of take-home test kits. For details and to download the flyer, click here.

RESTAURANT Act bill moves forward

A new version of the RESTAURANTS Act that will help hundreds of thousands of restaurants is moving forward in Washington DC, and the National Restaurant Association is asking for your help to push it over the edge. For details, click here.

2021 labor posters are still available to order

2021 Labor Posters are still available for order. A free poster is available with every membership, but additional posters can be ordered for just $5. It is required by both state and federal law to post these labor posters in every business — save time and trouble by getting all of the required 2021 labor posters in one place, delivered straight to you. You can place an order by clicking here.

Meet the need for mental health services with virtual care

Virtual mental health care is critical to overcome the barriers of in-office visits and address the impact on mental health. A 2020 Teladoc Health study of 2,505 employees found that nearly half of U.S. respondents said their mental health has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Read more here.

The association offers Teladoc services through our Healthcare Solutions program. Members can add this product to their plan for $2.33 or $7.00 per month per employee. Click here to learn more.


[Webinar] Ask Rick Braa your financial questions 

Hospitality consultant Rick Braa of AMP Services will discuss the financial ins and outs of the industry and answer your questions at 10 a.m. Feb. 24. Click here to register. Brought to you by IBA.

[Webinar] Prevent slip-and-fall injuries

Slip-and-fall incidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and time loss within the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average hospital cost for a slip-and-fall injury is more than $30,000. In this webinar from ERNwest and the National Floor Safety Institute, you’ll learn about:

  • Using high traction flooring
  • Selecting the right cleaning products
  • Floor matting
  • Hazard warnings
  • Using appropriate footwear

This is a great benefit for our Retro and Claims Management Program participants. Join us at 10 a.m. on Feb. 16. Register here.

Industry Roundup

City advises restaurants to clear street seating in anticipation of winter storm (Eater)

‘Piecemealing couch pennies’: Government and nonprofits scramble to keep hotels for homeless open with federal funding unclear (The Seattle Times)

Woody’s Tacos to cater to nightlife at new downtown Vancouver location (The Columbian)

The latest hotel perk for overseas travelers: Covid testing (Wall Street Journal)

Spokane-area restaurants, others take innovative approaches to produce romantic meals for Valentine’s Day customers (The Spokesman-Review)