[WIN!] Paycheck Protection Program fixes are in

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act is on its way to becoming law and now heads to the president for his signature. The act fixes many troublesome items in the PPP loans, giving hospitality businesses some relief. Click here to see how your PPP loan will be improved.

[Webinar] Got questions about ESD’s SharedWork program?

Friday’s webinar features experts from the Employment Security Department (ESD) answering questions about ESD’s SharedWork program. They’ll address issues such as how to return employees to work and how employees may continue to receive unemployment insurance benefits when coming back to work at reduced hours.

Join Rafael Colon, ESD business outreach manager, and Cheryl Brown, the SharedWork supervisor and bring questions.

Register here

Tasting room Q&A for Phase 2 with the LCB

Tasting rooms in distilleries, breweries and wineries may open in Phase 2. In a recent webinar with Justin Nordhorn, chief enforcement officer of the Liquor and Cannabis Board, we asked some questions that may help tasting rooms as they transition to our new normal. Click here.

LCB application and requirements for outdoor seating

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is accepting alteration request applications for spirits/beer/wine licenses or beer/wine restaurant licenses for outdoor seating. Read the requirements and find applications to alter your floor plan with the LCB here.

L&I safety requirements for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening

Detailed requirements for worker and workplace safety in hotels and restaurants are available from the Department of Labor and Industries. Restaurants must follow these guidelines in addition to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 official guidelines. Click here to read more.

Spokane County Assessor delays notices

The Spokane County Assessor’s Office announced on June 2 that it is delaying notices to property owners until August. These notices are usually sent this time of year, outlining the value of the property that establishes next year’s taxes. Read the press release here.

LCB webinar recap for Phase 2

Justin Nordhorn, chief enforcement officer of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board recently joined our members for a webinar to answer all your questions as we re-open our industry in many counties. We’ve put together a recap of important questions and answers. Read it here.

Industry Training

[Free training] ServSafe reopening guidance on coronavirus precautions

The 13-minute video aligns with guidance provided by the National Restaurant Association, ServSafe and subject matter experts.

Video topics include:

  • Coronavirus symptoms and preventing its spread
  • Recognizing actions to reduce risk to employees and guests
  • Guidelines for face coverings, hand washing and food handling
  • Guidelines for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting
  • Physical and operational changes to maintain social distancing

Content is available in English and Spanish. Take the training here.

ServSafe Manager course available online

In-person classes may be canceled, but your employees can still take the ServSafe Manager course online. Employees have 90 days from the date of purchase to complete the course and take the exam with a proctor. Purchase the course on the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation website here.

Industry Roundup

Restaurants register support for George Floyd protests (Restaurant Business)

McDonald’s franchisees want to make their smaller menu permanent (Restaurant Business)

Hotel CEOs see domestic starts to years-long recovery (Business Travel News)

States present different challenges as hotels reopen (Hotel News Now)

How one black restaurant leader is coping with America’s racial crisis (QSR)