New guest vaccine requirement announced in King County

Officials from King County announced today they are moving forward with a vaccine requirement for guests entering restaurants, bars, gyms and large sporting/entertainment venues. Guests that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours may be allowed entry if they do not have proof of vaccination.

It will not require but strongly recommends employers to adopt a mandatory vaccine policy for their employees.

This new vaccine requirement goes into effect on Oct. 25. Click here to read more.

Two weeks left to lock in a private long-term-care policy

If you want to provide your employees with a long-term care private policy, it must be locked in by Oct. 1. This is the only opt-in period. Unlike other healthcare options, you will not have another opportunity to give employees a private policy unless they move out of state or are no longer employed in Washington state.

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EIDL updates benefit hospitality

Additional EIDL changes were announced on Sept. 9 that are favorable for hospitality businesses. The changes include:

  • Raising the loan cap to $2 million per loan and raising the aggregate loan cap to $10 million
  • Simplifying the affiliation rules
  • Allowing 24 months of deferred payment
  • Allowing use of funds to pay down prior commercial debt

For more information about the current status of the EIDL program, as well as regularly updated information about other relief programs, visit our relief toolkit here.

Biden pushes employer vaccine requirement

Late last week, the Biden administration announced a new vaccine requirement focused on a large portion of the country’s workforce. Details are still scarce at the point, though early reporting suggests the proposed rule will apply to employers with 100 or more employees. Fines of up to $14,000 per violation could be levied for non-compliance.

There are far more questions than answers at this point. The association’s government affairs team will monitor these new developments and share additional details as we learn more.

National Food Safety Month: Dishwashing

All month, the Washington Hospitality Association and the National Restaurant Association will be sharing resources and tips for National Food Safety Month. Week three’s focus is on washing and sanitizing dishes. You can learn more and download resources like informational posters here.

[Replay] What you need to know about the single-use plastic bag ban

Shannon Jones of Washington state’s Department of Ecology spoke with members yesterday in a webinar about the single-use plastic bag ban that goes into effect on Oct. 1. Click here to watch the replay.

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 Guide today.

24% of sales were digital in 2021

The pandemic forced much of the industry to react quickly and put in stop-gap measures to capture digital sales. Nearly a quarter of all sales in the first half of 2021 were digital. The market is projected to grow an additional 14% from 2021 to 2026. E-commerce and digital are here to stay, so it’s time to start thinking about how to streamline and scale your processing systems. Read more here.

[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.

Group purchasing discounts: 40% off Chef Works

When you use our free group purchasing solution, you can get up to 40% off when you make purchases from Chef Works. All you need to do is sign-up and reap the benefits. There’s no catch. Sign up here and start saving.

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