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

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday provided an update on vaccination progress across Washington state. New numbers shared by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs were recently added to state vaccination tracking data. These new numbers...

Inslee asks for border reopening. Could a vaccine tourism boom follow?
Inslee asks for border reopening. Could a vaccine tourism boom follow?

Governor Jay Inslee asked  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to reopen the Washington border between Canada and the U.S.   Inslee urged federal officials to consider an immediate full or partial reopening of...

[Toolkit] Vaccination and mask policies for Hospitality Businesses
[Toolkit] Vaccination and mask policies for Hospitality Businesses

On May 21, Gov. Jay Inslee’s office updated its guidance on masks and vaccines in response to new recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has also updated its requirements and the...

Governor updates guidance for spectator events
Governor updates guidance for spectator events

On May 26, Gov. Jay Inslee updated the guidance for spectator events. The changes include: Occupancy for outdoor venues is now at 50%, still no more than 9,000 people Removed the requirement for vaccinated-only sections to have a separate entrance or exit from...

Possible delay in changes to eviction moratorium
Possible delay in changes to eviction moratorium

In March, 2020, the governor issued an emergency proclamation to protect tenants from being evicted during the pandemic. Hotel guests were originally defined as tenants under the proclamation, but this legislative session, we fought to change the definition, so...

[Toolkit] Restaurant Revitalization Fund
[Toolkit] Restaurant Revitalization Fund

(UPDATE) The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is now closed to new applications. The $28.6 billion program was established to provide emergency relief to restaurants, bars and similar businesses hard-hit by coronavirus shutdowns. Because our industry has incurred...

[Toolkit] Back to work
[Toolkit] Back to work

Now that we’re just about fully open, you need employees to come back to work. The workforce shortage is poised to be the next big challenge for the hospitality industry. This toolkit is designed to give you ideas on enticing employees back into hospitality. We’ll...