Help the health industry get personal protective equipment

Washington state has put a call out to all businesses that might have personal protective equipment to sell to hospitals to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

If you have gloves, N95 masks, hand sanitizer refills or bottles, coveralls, cleaning solution spray or other items you would like to sell to the state, click here.

Applications opened April 3 for Paycheck Protection Program

The federal CARES Act includes a program to provide small businesses with funds for loans to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The loan can be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Applications open April 3; for details and to apply, click here.

Free training and educational courses for hotel employees

The American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute is offering free online supervisory and managerial training programs to hotel employees. Click here for more

King, Spokane and Thurston counties extend property tax deadlines

To provide relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, King, Spokane and Thurston counties have extended property tax deadlines for residential and commercial properties. However, there are certain exclusions in each county, so please check the links below. Here’s a summary:

King County individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, can delay those payments until June 1. To learn more, click here.

Spokane County tax deadlines for residential and commercial properties are deferred to June 15. For more info, click here.

Thurston County tax deadlines are extended to June 1 for both commercial and residential properties. For more details, click here.

Public Health — Seattle & King County allows food permit fee extensions and more

To help food business owners and their employees during the coronavirus pandemic, Public Health — Seattle & King County will defer food establishment permit renewal fees, which were due on March 31. Public Health has extended the due date for renewal fees to May 31, providing prorated fees for new establishments and refunds for canceled temporary food service events. For details, read more here.

Hands-free hospitality: How no-contact delivery can be a part of your business model

The importance of finding new ways to serve your customers during the coronavirus is greater than ever. Our latest article provides some key information on how no-contact delivery can be a tool for you. Read here.

Available as a visual guide as well

How to create a safe and sanitary workspace (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released guidelines on how to keep your employees safe through this time of social distancing. Make employee health a planned priority. Click here to read more

Free online ServSafe courses available through April 30

Courses are available to download from the National Restaurant Association ServSafe program, including online training and assessment and ServSafe Takeout and Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions, a training video featuring:

  • An overview of coronavirus and details about its transmission
  • Review of five-step handwashing process
  • Respiratory hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus
  • Keeping guests safe through heightened cleaning and sanitizing
  • Guidelines for single-use gloves
  • Packaging considerations for takeout and/or curbside pickup
  • Guest contact precautions during takeout

Additional Training Available

Food Allergies
Restaurant Certifications
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Sexual Harassment Prevention

Industry Roundup

Beloved Seattle chef turns Salare restaurant into relief center for restaurant workers (Seattle P-I)

For Spokane-area restaurants, COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges, uncertainty (The Spokesman-Review)

15,000 U.S. hotels offer rooms for emergency service (Skift)

Red Robin doubles off-premise sales amid pandemic (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Hoteliers on how operations are shifting across the globe (Hotel News Now)