Weekly Update — Third-party delivery fee cap; Unemployment insurance; new tenting guidance

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Governor proclamation: Third-party delivery capped at 15 percent

Gov. Jay Inslee on Nov. 19 announced a new cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms, such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and others. Click here to read more.

New Restaurant Restrictions: we’re taking action

The Washington Hospitality Association is deeply concerned to learn the governor shut down restaurants for a month, just as we released new public health data demonstrating the safety of Washington restaurants. At every step, our industry has partnered with the governor’s office and public health, and the data showing that less than one percent of coronavirus cases can be traced to restaurants bears this out. To put at least 100,000 employees out of work just before the holidays is absolutely devastating. We continue to work with the governor’s office to find effective public policy solutions. Read more here.

ACTION ALERT: We need your story.

The Government Affairs team is collecting stories to share with the Governor, lawmakers, and agency directors. How has this closure and COVID-19 impacted you, your business, your employees and your customers? Share here.

Up-to-date unemployment insurance resources

This new round of restrictions on restaurants has left many without a job and in need of financial assistance without much of the federal funding that was available during the last shutdown. The Employment Security Department of Washington State has updated resources for this new wave of restrictions. Read more here.

New tenting and outdoor dining requirements

The Governor’s office has released new official guidelines concerning outdoor dining requirements for restaurants, taverns, wineries and distilleries, most critically providing some clarity on tenting requirements for outdoor dining areas. Click here.

[WIN] Pierce County approves $10,000 grants for Main Street businesses

Pierce County will begin administering $10,000 need-based grants to eligible ‘Main Street’ businesses in certain categories. The businesses include restaurants, taps rooms, and similar eating and drinking establishments that do not have a drive-through, and did not participate in the full-service “Restaurant Rally” support program. For details, click here.

Pierce County Restaurant Rally participants — How to get reimbursed

You’ve participated in the promotion, and heard reimbursement is now at 100%. Now it’s time to submit your paperwork for reimbursement by Nov. 24. Our short webinar has the details to get your reimbursement. Click here to watch.

Complete survey to inform lawmakers how restrictions have hurt your business

It’s critical to let your government know how their failure to act on federal relief is hurting local restaurants and employees. Please fill out this survey today from the National Restaurant Association. We need this data at the state level to help shape our messaging. The survey takes about 15 minutes and closes at end-of-day Monday, Nov. 30.

Click here.

Opportunities available for your employees

You are faced with the hard task of having to potentially lay-off staff right before the holidays. Please be aware there are still opportunities for your employees. Friends in other industries are prioritizing food service workers with jobs to keep them working and earning through these grim times. Please consider sharing the following information with your employees.

Click here for a printable flyer.

A business insurance that actually has your back

Our program saves you 20% on your premium by auditing your current policy and through quoting our selected carriers. We’ll make sure you’re not only covered during this lockdown but also ensure you aren’t throwing money out the door on coverage you don’t need. Get a quote here.

Payment processing with no cancellation fees

Our rate is the lowest in the hospitality industry and is guaranteed for the next five years. Don’t worry about contracts or cancellation fees because we don’t have those. Get a quote and join the hundreds of members who are supported by our payment processing team.

Save more with telemedicine

A typical in-person office visit costs around $125 whereas a typical telemedicine visit costs less than $50. Through our Healthcare Solutions program, we have telemedicine plans between $2.33-$7 per month per employee. You and your employees can save more. Click here to learn more.

Anthony Anton speaks on the impact of new restrictions

In an interview with “The Impact”, Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO speaks to the harm that is being caused to our industry and economy by the governor’s lockdown. Click here to watch.

State-wide, single-use bag ban slotted for Jan. 2021

During the 2020 legislative session, the legislature passed a state-wide ban that prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags starting Jan. 1, 2021. Read more here.


Show your diners a commitment to safety

The ServSafe Dining Commitment shows your customers you’re dedicated to their safety. Committing means you have met a strict set of requirements that support food safety and adhere to coronavirus guidelines. Once approved, participants can request a decal to place on their windows or doors. Check out the commitment here.

As the ServSafe Food Handler is not accepted in Washington, the association has worked with ServSafe to ensure our state food handler’s certification is enough to satisfy the requirement. When filling out the form, fill out the first food handler space with this code: FH Washington certificate 985012020 and leave the remaining nine spaces blank.

For assistance, contact Kelsi Mayther at kelsim@wahospitality.org.

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.

Industry Roundup

Inslee should expand his bubble, call special session (TNT)

Washington GOP members decry Inslee’s statewide restrictions (The Spokesman-Review)

Washington Hospitality Association urges Inslee to reconsider indoor dining ban (Seattle Times)

There will soon be dining yurts in the parking lot at Canlis (Eater)

WA Retail Association greatly disturbed at restrictions. (My Northwest)

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