Hospitality CEO: Now is the time to act

In a letter to Washington Hospitality Association members, our CEO Anthony Anton addresses the coronavirus and its impact on hospitality in Washington state. Click here to see the actions to take to protect your business.

Governor bans large events in Snohomish, Pierce and King counties

In a proclamation issued Wednesday morning, Gov. Jay Inslee imposed restrictions on large gatherings of over 250 persons in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and that a State of Emergency continues to exist in all counties of Washington state. The restriction on gatherings pertains to:

Gatherings of 250 people or more for social, spiritual and recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.

Read the full proclamation here and get more information on the governor’s website by clicking here.

Breaking news: The Olympian reports Thurston County will now be banning large events over 250 persons. Additionally, gatherings with fewer than 250 attendees are prohibited unless certain criteria are met (see post below).

King and Snohomish counties ban events with fewer than 250 people

Additionally on March 11, Seattle and King county announced a ban on events with fewer than 250 people attending, unless the following steps have been ensured by the event’s organizers:

Older and vulnerable individuals have been encouraged not to attend
Recommendations for social distancing and limiting close contact are met
Employees or volunteers leading an event are screened for symptoms each day
Proper hand washing, sanitation and cleaning are readily available
Environmental cleaning guidelines are followed (e.g., clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily or more frequently)

Snohomish County issued a health officer’s order with similar restrictions in place.

King county release additional guidelines for restaurants

Public Health – Seattle & King County has announced new recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus in addition to earlier guidance. Retail service may continue throughout King County; and it is recommended that the following public health guidance is observed in these settings.

Click here to read.

Seattle mayor launches coronavirus support package for small business

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has announced a package of relief measures for small businesses impacted by coronavirus. The initial support package, comprised of five components, includes:

  • Deferral of Business and Occupation (B&O) taxes.
  • Expansion of the Small Business Stabilization Fund.
  • Assistance for Small Business Administration loans.
  • Utility relief for residential and commercial customers and
    a small business recovery task force.

Read the details here

New Department of Health guidelines available for food workers and establishments

The Washington State Department of Health has issued specific guidance for food workers and establishments. Read here

Positive traction as leg session 2020 closes

Today is the last day of the legislative session and this session is expected to end on time. Our team is already celebrating WINS for our industry. For example, our bill that increases pull-tab limits passed last week and is on the governor’s desk awaiting signature. Click here

Washington ProStart Invitational canceled

The 2020 ProStart Invitational planned for March 14 has been postponed indefinitely because of public safety concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

Stay tuned to the Education Foundation Facebook page, as the association continues to be your primary source of information for hospitality news in Washington state.

Talk to a doctor by phone or video 24/7

Telemedicine allows you or your employees to safely screen for coronavirus remotely, by phone or video. Physicians will give further instructions on whether a doctor’s visit is needed. Read more here.

Check your health care coverage to see if telemedicine is available in your plan. If it’s not, we offer coverage that can be added to your current plan. Learn more.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: April 20 at US Foods Everett
Registration Deadline: April 6

Seattle: May 12 at Bargreen Ellingson (SODO)
Registration Deadline: April 28

Spokane: May 14 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: April 30

Kent: May 18 at Harbor Foodservice
Registration Deadline: May 4

Tacoma: May 21 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: May 7

Fife: June 3 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: May 20

Register your employees

Additional Training Available

First Aid
MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Restaurant Certifications
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Sexual Harassment Prevention


Travel industry could lose $24 billion from coronavirus impact (CNBC)

Starbucks to expand catastrophe pay (USA Today)

7-Eleven tests fried chicken restaurant concept (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Hotel workspaces evolving with tech, flexibility focus (Hotel News Now)

Dining out in the age of coronavirus (Washington Post)

Historic ocean liner may get second life as a hotel (Bloomberg)