DAILY VRLTA UPDATE 4/15/20
LEAD NEWS: Governor Extends Executive Order 53 to May 8

Today the Governor announced that he was extending the duration of Executive Order 53 from the previous expiration of April 23 rd to May 8 th .

He did not make any changes to the duration of his Stay at Home requirement in Executive Order 55 , which is in effect until June 10 th .  
Update on Relief Program from Virginia

We have a minor correction to yesterday’s update on the Governor’s proposed amendments to the legislation dealing with Games of Skill. As passed by the General Assembly HB881 and SB971 both would have banned games of skill in Virginia; however, the Governor has significantly amended both bills to delay the ban until July 1, 2021 and impose $1200 fee per skill game, per month on the machines distributor (not the restaurant) . Of the levy, 84% of tax would be used to help create a COVID-19 relief fund. The ABC would also take over regulation of the machines during the period between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021. It also will cap the number of machines at the level that exists as of July 1, 2020.

This economic relief program requests were made by VRLTA, so we have been gaining traction from the administration in regards to our requests. 
Health and Mental Health Resources

During this unprecedented time, it is critical to take care of yourself, your family, your employees, and your community. This means having the health and mental health support that you need.

If you (or others close to you) have had a change in your employment situation because of COVID-19, you may be able to enroll in the federal government's healthcare marketplace. Find additional information here , with specifics on what may apply in a variety of situations.

If you or others close to you need health, mental health or substance abuse support, here are some resources available:


Here are some articles you may find useful:

Have you received PPP or EIDL funding?

VRLTA is working to understand if members and others in the hospitality and tourism industries are receiving help . If you applied for either the PPP or EIDL funding, and have received an answer or funds, please send an email to Robert Melvin , VRLTA's Government Affairs Director, sharing the details. Thank you!
Support the VRLTA Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund

VRLTA's industry relief fund will aid workers displaced by the recent restaurant and hospitality industry shutdowns and also help affected businesses. 
 
The Virginia Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund will be providing direct cash support to workers that have been laid off due to the recent COVID19-related business downturn in Virginia and affected businesses. The VRLTAEF will be funding the new trust with donations from individual donors and grants from local private foundations and corporate partners. Donations may be disbursed to organizations around the state which can connect the support to individuals, or, in some cases, made directly to affected individuals/businesses.
 
All donations to the Fund are fully tax-deductible, subject to applicable laws and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. If you would like to direct your donation to a particular area, please reach out to  jim@vrlta.org  for assistance.

Donations can be made through VRLTA's websit e at   https://www.vrlta.org/donations/donate.asp?id=19606  .
Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Merchandise Supports the VRLTA Relief Fund - Make a purchase to show your support today!

VRLTA has also partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to create a Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirt, and other merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Fund. 

Continue to visit https://www.virginiaisforrestaurantlovers.com for more information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on the tourism and hospitality industries. We are working to add additional resources, links, and news articles as they become available.