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New Restaurant Restrictions: we’re taking action

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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. Here is what we are doing:

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

Democratic lawmakers ask Inslee to lift ban on indoor dining (Everett Herald)

  • Legislative request for support
  • Letter to the governor from legislators
  • Today we are launching our grassroots website that which our members, nonmembers, employees and customers can engage and tell their stories. 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? Click here.

We have a long list of priorities at the state level, and we hope to share news about these items soon.