[Hold that application] Paycheck Protection Program out of money

Today the U.S. Small Business Administration said it is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding. Business owners may want to now consider a loan through the new Main Street Lending Program.

Main Street Lending Program announced

The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve announced April 9 the launch of the Main Street Lending Program, which will make available up to $600 billion in financing available to assist employers of all sizes manage cash flow stresses as they deliver critical services during the crisis, according to the National Restaurant Association.

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Seattle Jobs Tax update and petition

The Seattle City Council will hear the legislation for the proposed jobs tax on April 22. The new 2020 tax on jobs is 10 times larger than the head tax that failed in 2018. Please sign the online petition here.

Seattle City Council passes commercial rent control

The Seattle City Council passed legislation to freeze storefront rent increases for some small businesses and nonprofits and allow some small businesses and nonprofits the ability to negotiate a payment plan for rents with their commercial landlords. The legislation creates a moratorium on commercial property rent increases for small businesses and nonprofits while the city’s civil emergency is in effect. To read the details, click here.

Utility bill deferrals for Spokane’s small businesses

The city of Spokane announced on April 14 utility bill deferrals for those businesses that have closed temporarily or have experienced reductions in revenue from the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order. Read more here.

Coronavirus health insurance webinar April 22

Join the Washington Hospitality Association at 10 a.m., April 22 to get your health insurance questions answered. Learn all about coverage options during the coronavirus pandemic, medical coverage relief changes and how to navigate the system.


[Restaurants] How have you been impacted? Your story is needed.

Please help the National Restaurant Association and your Washington Hospitality Association quantify and illustrate the economic impact the coronavirus is having on the restaurant industry. This brief survey was designed to collect important data to inform ongoing advocacy activities regarding additional relief packages. Click here.

Resource for health insurance during coronavirus layoffs

Employees across the state have lost their health insurance coverage because of job losses. If any members of your team need health coverage, you can read more about the Washington Healthplanfinder here.

[Webinar Replay] Check out our business insurance webinar

Last week Washington Hospitality Association hosted a webinar featuring Patrick McHugh and Jim Chesemore of Parker, Smith and Feek, one of the largest insurance brokerages in the nation. If you missed it, click here for the replay.


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

Free training and education for lodging employees

The American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute is offering access to free training and educational courses to help hotel employees continue their education and stay connected to the job during the coronavirus crisis. Click here.

Additional Training Available

Food Allergies
Restaurant Certifications
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Sexual Harassment Prevention


Support hospitality sector, cornerstone of community life (Seattle Times)

The PPP is out of money. Here’s plan B. (Inc.)

Tri-City hotels lay off hundreds and even shut doors to weather coronavirus closures (Tri-City Herald)

Hoteliers shift priorities after coronavirus (Hotel News Now)

Restaurant pantries proliferate (Restaurant Business)