Weekly update: Washington is close to reopening

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Gov. Inslee: Washington is “close to reopening”.

Gov. Jay Inslee said at his press conference on Wednesday that Washington is “close to reopening.” Current mask requirements for unvaccinated people in public places are likely to remain in effect after the state fully reopens. However, other restrictions like 6-foot social distancing will not be required.  Read more here.

Tell Congress to pass the RRF Replenishment Act  

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was exhausted almost as soon as it was launched, leaving hundreds of thousands of restaurants without the help they need to recover from pandemic-related losses. This bill will only move forward if there is strong bipartisan support. Our industry needs this bill and the Washington congressional delegation needs to hear from you. Add your voice by emailing your representatives here.

Apply for PPP loan forgiveness 

[Webinar] The fundamentals of PPP forgiveness: If you are unsure where to begin requesting loan forgiveness, attend this webinar at 2 p.m. June 24.  Learn the fundamentals of PPP loan forgiveness from representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Get your questions answered and take a look at sample forms. Do you have a question you would like to ask in advance? Send it to podcast@wahospitality.org. Register here: wha.fyi/3x1KJ5M

Help pass the Save Hotel Jobs Act

The Save Hotel Jobs Act was introduced in Congress to provide a critical lifeline to the industry. The American Hotel & Lodging Association needs your help to call on lawmakers to pass this urgently needed relief. Read more here.

Smoked fish recall  

Distributors and retailers in Washington have been notified of a recall after the producer failed to meet health standards during a routine FDA inspection. Learn more here.

Inslee sends letter requesting reopening of Canadian border

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter urging an immediate full or partial reopening of the Washington-Canadian border to provide relief for individuals and communities impacted by the prolonged closure. Read more here.

Don’t be a target: Keep your PCI DSS compliance validated

Criminals have discovered that many small businesses haven’t implemented or maintained the basic security practices required by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). All businesses are required to validate their compliance annually. Failure to do so can result in monthly fines. Read more here.

Need to know video series: Get L&I inspection ready 

New and current staff need to know how to keep your business in inspection-ready condition. Our WorkSafe team has prepared a series of training videos to help you get there:

When you attend a training by June 18, 11:59 p.m. PDT, you’ll be entered to win one of three $500 gift cards.

Reopening? Get your 2021 labor posters 

Get one free poster with every membership and get additional posters for just $5 each. State and federal laws require posting these signs where your team can see them. Click here.

Available ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and member pricing is $150 per registrant. Price includes review, exam, book and answer sheet.


  • July 8 at Opper Melang (Ballard), registration closes June 25
  • July 22 Bargreen Ellingson (Industrial District), registration closes July 8
  • Aug. 12 Bargreen Ellingson (Industrial District), registration closes July 29

Register here: wha.fyi/ssm-weekly

We are working hard to secure locations in different regions around the state. Class capacity is currently limited because of coronavirus phase restrictions.

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