7/31/20
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 .
Government Affairs
Governor’s Update - Executive Order 86
 
As we mentioned earlier this week, Governor Northam announced an executive order that takes effect TODAY to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Hampton Roads. The new restrictions will apply only to Hampton Roads, and don’t impact other portions of the state. The jurisdictions that will be impacted Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County, and York County. EO 86 includes the following restrictions...

  • No alcohol sold for consumption on site after 10 p.m.;
  • Indoor dining limited to 50% capacity;
  • Gatherings of more than 50 people prohibited; and
  • Restaurants must close by midnight.

We have weighed in with the Governor’s office and requested a change be made to allow drive-thru, delivery, and carry-out service permissible after 12 p.m. View Executive Order 86 here .
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry COVID-19 Regulations Update
 
VRLTA has been following and weighing in on the proposed VDOLI regulations. Recently, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar with Courtney Malveaux. Courtney serves on the Safety and Health Codes Board that adopted the regulations. He shared his insight and thoughts regarding the new regulations. You can view the webinar here .
Virginia General Assembly Special Session Begins August 18
 
Governor Northam has called for the General Assembly to convene for a special session on August 18; the session may last for at least two weeks. The focus is on the impact of COVID-19 on the budget and criminal justice reform. We will continue to share details as they become available.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar...

  • Shenandoah Valley Chapter Virtual Chapter Meeting - August 4, at 9 a.m. - Register here
  • Richmond Chapter Virtual Chapter Meeting - August 6, at 10 a.m. - Register here
  • VRLTA Government Affairs Call - August 7, at 2 p.m. - Dial in information: 202.602.1295, conference ID 789-103-256#
  • VRLTA Webinar: The Three Ps of a Successful To-Go Alcohol Program - August 11, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.- See below for more information - registration opens next week!
  • Ordinary Awards - September 29 - Current plans include an in-person luncheon and awards ceremony. Tickets on sale soon!
  • VA1 Tourism Summit - November 16 - Join us for a one-day, currently in-person event, in Richmond, at the Omni. Registration opens next week!
Don't Delay on Recognizing Someone Extraordinary - the Ordinary Awards Nominations Close Soon!

The Ordinary Awards may look different this year (currently, the plan is to host an in-person luncheon instead of a dinner and reception, and we'll be taking all of the necessary safety precautions), but we don't want to miss out on recognizing the amazing people and businesses that make up the hospitality and tourism industries.

Please take a few minutes to NOMINATE an outstanding person or organization. This year, we have 20 categories, including - NEW! - Hospitality Hero categories for individuals and organizations.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, again at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump. Tickets will be on sale soon. If you're interested in being a sponsor, reach out to your Membership Director, Kristen Karrfalt or Brittany Blythe .
VA1 Tourism Summit - November 16 in Richmond!

The 2020 VA1 Tourism Summit is still on, although in a modified format. We'll gather for a one-day event in Richmond, but it will be jam-packed with amazing speakers and content focused on

  • travel in the time of COVID-19;
  • "back to business" strategies;
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • and more relevant and timely topics.

The event will follow all guidelines for safety and distancing, and adhere to current federal, state, and locally-mandated protocols. We continue to monitor the situation and will adjust plans as necessary. Learn more at www.va1tourismsummit.org . Registration opens NEXT WEEK!
Education & Training
Coming 8/11 - VRLTA Webinar: The Three Ps of a Successful To-Go Alcohol Program

Join us on August 11, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. for a webinar designed to help you find ways to maximize your to-go alcohol sales and add to your bottom line. Watch for more information and registration instructions early next week.
ServSafe: Classes Available NOW!

Many of VRLTA's preferred ServSafe training partners are again offering in-person classes. Click here to see the entire upcoming schedule . Partners' classes are filling quickly, so register today!
AHLA Safe Stay Course for Hotel Staff

To further expand the hotel industry's Safe Stay initiative, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is offering  COVID-19 Precautions for Hotels , an online course developed in partnership with the  American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute  (AHLEI) and created to help hotels train their staffs on the enhanced safety and cleanliness guidelines.
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.
Support Members & VRLTA
Alewerks in Williamsburg Supporting VRLTA Relief Fund
 
Alewerks Brewing Company has released a new, limited-edition brew called Absolute Uncertainty, and proceeds will benefit VRLTA's Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund. Learn more about it here !

One place teaming up with Alewerks to sell the beer is the Lost Dog Cafe McLean - eat there and drink an Absolute Uncertainty, and you'll be helping out the Lost Dog Rescue Foundation AND VRLTA's Relief Fund!

Thank you, Alewerks, for supporting VRLTA's work in supporting restaurant and hospitality employees and businesses.
More News You Can Use
UnitedHealthcare Now Offering Teladoc Health

Teladoc Health is a program from UnitedHealthcare that offers virtual visits with doctors and mental health specialists. The program is available to ALL VRLTA members . Enroll your business and pay just $7 per employee per month for unlimited visits with no copay for employees and their families.
Be a Part of Chopped!

Chopped, the Food Network's cooking competition show, is casting for upcoming episodes and looking for chefs and other amazing cooks who live within a six hour drive from Knoxville - this includes everyone west of Richmond! More information here .