Weekly Update — Restaurant Revival national campaign launches; Customize your own free mask compliance poster

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Restaurant Revival national campaign launches

The National Restaurant Association has launched a national broadcast and digital campaign to invite diners back to restaurants. The goal is to drive dine-in traffic and urge diners to learn more about steps restaurants are taking to keep them safe.

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Want to enjoy restaurants indoors in the fall and rescue the economy? Wear masks now

Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton penned a column for the Seattle Times that speaks to the importance of compliance with the state’s mask mandates in order for restrictions placed on restaurants to be lifted. You can read it by clicking here.

Mobile wallets will soon dominate payments

Nearly 63% of all consumers surveyed in Visa’s Back to Business report would switch to a new store that installed no-contact payment options, such as mobile wallets. Learn to convert to mobile here.

Give your employees peace of mind with unlimited virtual medical visits

The association has partnered with Teladoc Health to give your employees and their families safe access to care. Unlimited virtual visits for both mental health and medical conditions is $7/mo per employee – no insurance required. Learn more and enroll here.

Employment Security Department starts processing eligible $300 payments Sept. 21

The Employment Security Department will start processing $300 payments as part of the federal Lost Wages Assistance program. The program provides an additional $300 a week in federal aid for a limited period of time to eligible persons who’ve lost work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and are receiving unemployment. For details, click here.

Vendor and supplier online Buyer’s Guide now live

Our new and improved Buyer’s Guide lets you search for supplies and products by keyword, just like a Google search. You can also search by coronavirus needs or industry. All listings are allied members who are aligned with the hospitality industry. Check it out here.

New hotel-specific online training course for cleaning & safety

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has launched a new and enhanced online training course specifically designed for cleaning and safety during the pandemic. It’s part of the AHLA Safe Stay programs and the new course includes a model on de-escalation training for employees. To learn more, click here.

Tacoma-Pierce County grants for small business open Sept. 9

Grant applications for small businesses open on Sept. 9 through the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board. Federal CARES Act dollars fund this new program. The grant application process is only open for a short time. To see the details, click here.

Register for our next Pierce County Town Hall

For our next town hall, we’ll host Pierce County members in a virtual event. Have an interactive conversation with Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton. Dive into the state of our industry. Learn the path forward during the pandemic. Join us at 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Register here.

Print and customize your own mask compliance posters — for free

The Stay Safe WA campaign has customizable posters available for your business to communicate mask compliance to customers. Click here to learn how it works.

Food Code updates: Your feedback is needed

The Washington State Department of Health has released its latest draft of the Food Code and it wants your feedback before implementation. Review the draft changes and submit your comments by Sept. 29. Click here.

Webinars

Help drive business — register for our Eat for WA, Drink for WA, Stay for WA, Play for WA webinar

The Washington Hospitality Association and Washington State Wine Commission teams up to discuss the Drink for WA; Eat for WA; Stay for WA; Play for WA campaign. This campaign seeks to inspire local support for small business even with pandemic restrictions. Our webinar airs at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16. Click the button below and register today.

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Training

ServSafe Manager Online is here to stay

Washington can’t have in-person ServSafe Manager classes, but your employees can still get certified online. Employees can take the course and exam with an online proctor, all from the safety of their own homes, at their own pace. Register here.

Two Minute Video — 10 p.m. alcohol cut-off clarification; survey reveals top desires from hotel travelers; register for our next town hall

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Industry Roundup

Guests shift to in-room entertainment during COVID-19 (Lodging Magazine)

Wendy’s brings back the pretzel bun (Restaurant Business)

Atwater’s Best BBQ and Soul Food in St. Petersburg, Fla., serves as an outlet for the community to feed those in need (Restaurant Hospitality)

Restaurants sharing spaces to save their businesses, employees (The Denver Channel)