2/11/21
The Slice gives you all the news you can use. Each issue will include any COVID-19 updates, reopening information, legislative news, and other relevant items for our readers. Please let us know if you'd like to see anything in particular or have other feedback - just email marketing@vrlta.org.
What's the Latest?
VRLTA & DoorDash Partner to Award $450,000 in Grants to Virginia Restaurants
Last week, VRLTA launched an exciting new partnership with DoorDash. The program will offer $450,000 in grants to Virginia restaurants. Applications are open now through 5 p.m. on March 1, 2021. The $3,500 grants will be made to approximately 125 restaurants. Judges from the restaurant and tourism industries will ensure grants are distributed across Virginia and prioritize businesses which have not benefited from other financial assistance. In addition, a minimum of 20% of the grants will be earmarked to minority-owned and/or women-owned businesses. See all of the details and eligibility here. Here's a flyer you can share with restaurants in your area.

The partnership will also offer benefits to VRLTA members including savings on DoorDash's Storefront, which allows restaurants to easily create a branded online store to enable pickup and delivery ordering directly from the restaurant website, commission-free. For VRLTA members with five locations or fewer, software fees are waived through March 31, 2021.VRLTA members who become new DoorDash partners will also benefit from 0% commission for the first 30 days.
Congratulations to VRLTA's Jim Wilson and Brittany Wojdyla

VRLTA is pleased to announce two promotions: Jim Wilson has been promoted to Vice President of Education and Workforce Development and Brittany Wojdyla has been promoted to Senior Director of Membership and Marketing. See the full release here.
Welcome New & Renewing VRLTA Members!

Join VRLTA in welcoming new members from January!

Restaurants:

  • Carytown Cupcakes
  • Jasper Bar RVA
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Lost Dog Café - Alexandria and North Arlington
  • Cowboy Café    
 
Lodging:

  • Tru by Hilton – Manassas    
 
Thank you also to all of our renewing members. We look forward to continuing to work with you!
 
Lodging:

  • Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse
  • Hilton Garden Inn Arlington Courthouse
  • Washington Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel
  • Hotel 24 South
 
Restaurants:
  • Lost Dog Café – Dunn Loring, McLean, and South Arlington
  • Ford’s Fish Shack - Ashburn, Chantilly, and Leesburg
Travel Industry Position on Domestic Pre-Departure Testing

A coalition of aviation, travel, and tourism organizations, including AHLA, AAHOA, and U.S. Travel, recently sent a position letter to the White House. There has been discussion about requiring pre-departure COVID testing for domestic flights; the coalition opposes this. See the letter here. Also, see a recent airline safety infographic from American Airlines here.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar!

  • February 24, 10 a.m. - Webinar Wednesday: PPP, ERC, & Employee Vaccinations. Register here.
  • February 27, 11 a.m. - Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce A Taste of Black History Virtual Brunch. More information here.
  • March 24, 1 p.m. - Webinar Wednesday: The Post Pandemic Workplace: An HR and Employment Law Prospective. Register here.

Other Webinar Resources...

  • National Restaurant Association on-demand webinars on a variety of topics can be found here.
  • AHLA also has many on-demand webinars for members. Find them here.
  • The Restaurant Law Center has free webinars on demand here.
Government Affairs
Weekly Government Affairs Call Every FRIDAY at 2 p.m.
 
Each Friday at 2 p.m., VRLTA will be hosting our weekly Government Affairs calls. Join us to hear more about VRLTA's legislative priorities, what's happening during the session, and how the Association is supporting or opposing hospitality- and tourism-related legislation.
What's Happening in Session?
 
VRLTA has had numerous wins to date in the General Assembly session, but post-crossover, there are still a number of measures that we're watching. Learn more here.
Workforce & Education
Did You Know? It's Career & Technical Education Month

An important part of VRLTA's is to support hospitality education programs across the Commonwealth. The two-year ProStart program is designed to get more high school-aged young people interested in careers in the hospitality industry, and hospitality programs at the collegiate level. ProStart is currently in 63 Virginia high schools and technical centers. Although ProStart has looked different this past year, there are still ways to get involved.

Learn more about VRLTA's Education Foundation and the ProStart Program.

Interested in helping? Reach out to Jim Wilson.
VRLTA Job Board: FREE Listings for VRLTA Members

Have you posted a job on VRLTA's job board, focused specifically on our industry? Employers can list hospitality and tourism jobs, and VRLTA members get unlimited listings for free (choose 30, 60 or 90 days - up to $100 value for each listing!). A 30-day listing for nonmembers is just $50. Job seekers can search jobs statewide and post their resume in the resume bank.

Let VRLTA help your business during this challenging time with a job board focused just on hospitality and tourism jobs. Take advantage of your membership and get free listings through the end of the year. There's no cost or risk to members - why not give it a try? Want to list a position? It's SO easy...click here to learn more.
Looking for ServSafe Training?

Our preferred partners have over 30 ServSafe classes available in the next few months. See all the options here.
More News You Can Use
Stafford County Grant Opportunity
 
The Stafford Cares Program is now open! The program directly supports restaurants and families in need who are adjusting and struggling with the economic impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic. To participate in the program, Stafford restaurants must complete an online application that opens February 8, 2021. The program will only accept up 100 complete applications. Applications will close on March 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM or upon approval of 100 applications. For more information, visit www.GoStaffordVA.com/Stafford-Cares.
Need a Laugh?

Then check out this new book by Mike Stoupa, Tourism Sales Specialist in Prince William County. It's a humorous look at Mike's quarantine experience with his 'coworkers' - his 2- and 5-year-old children! Mike is generously donating 75% of the profits from sales of the book in February and March to the VRLTA Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund. Thank you, Mike, for supporting those in our industry!

VDH Vaccine Rollout Alert Website
 
VDH has a website where individuals can get more information and sign up for alerts based on their occupation, age, medical history, etc. VRLTA is encouraging ALL INDIVIDUALS to sign up now to get updates and help VDH plan for vaccination efforts.

By signing up, you can see what group you fall into, based on your age, occupation, health concerns, etc., and you will be notified when it is your turn to receive a vaccination.

The state has released additional detailed guidance on who falls into which phase, which can be found here:
  • 1a includes healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities
  • 1b includes frontline essential workers, persons aged 75 years+, and people living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps. Some food and agriculture workers are included in this group.
  • 1c includes other essential workers, people aged 65 - 74 years, and people aged 16 - 64 years with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Food service workers are included in this group. 
  • More details on essential workers can be found here.

VRLTA is continuing to communicate with the VDH to plan for a coordinated rollout to food service workers and advocate for other workers in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Virginia Department of Health COVID Resources