Washington state has reopened! The resources and information on this page are designed to help your lodging operations recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. If you need more specific guidance, or if you have additional questions, please call your Territory Manager or email:
- Up-to-date business guidance and recommendations from the governor’s office and state agencies.
- High resolution PDF signs you can download and display in your business.
- Resources and options as you consider mask and vaccine policies that work best for your business.
- Find resources and fresh ideas to help you staff up in our tight labor market and challenging times.
- Use this toolkit to understand the requirements and opportunities as you set your vaccination and mask policies.
- The extremely hard-hit hotel industry has yet to receive direct aid, and the Save Hotel Act will provide a lifeline to hotels and hotel workers
- Hotels and motels may proceed with removing guests starting July 1.
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Effective immediately, 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old employees may perform back-of-house work in restricted liquor establishments now through September 30, 2021. Your government affairs team has been working closely with the LCB to adopt this new policy to ease employee age restrictions for restricted liquor establishments. This is a major win for hospitality operators who are struggling to fill open positions as the state looks to fully reopen next week.
The current workforce shortage is forcing many in the hospitality industry to rethink their approach to staffing. Even with Washington state fully reopened, it could take a years for hospitality businesses to hire and retain enough staff to meet demand. So how do businesses overcome these challenges? The answer to that question will look different for every employer. But nearly all employers will likely need to expand their applicant pool to attract new employees.
Updated 8/30/21: While the RRF has officially closed, multiple bills to replenish the fund by up to $60 billion are being debated in Congress right now. You can click here to tell Congress to replenish these badly needed funds.