LEAD NEWS: Paycheck Protection Program Application Opens Tomorrow

  • The Paycheck Protection Program Application Portal is now live. Eligible small businesses and nonprofits can begin applying for these loans beginning tomorrow, April 3.
  • For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
  • The application for borrowers can be found HERE starting April 3.
  • PPP FAQs for Small Business, prepared by the US Senate Committee on Small Business (here)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Resources
Here are some additional resources:

Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Waivers

In response to Executive Order 51 , heads of executive agencies were granted the authority to waive state requirement or regulations. In response, the Department of Health has issued temporary waivers of select environmental health regulations to allow the limited VDH staff to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and minimize the possible disruption for impacted industries. Today, VDH released a list of waivers that pertain to restaurants, hotels, and campgrounds. You can view the waivers here .
Support Hospitality and Restaurant Employees & Businesses
Wondering what the best way to support local employees and businesses might be? There are a lot of ways you can support our industry. Here are some links to help:

Make a donation to VRLTA's Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund

  • The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, through its 501c3 foundation (Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association Educational Foundation/VRLTAEF) has formed a new industry relief fund to aid workers displaced by the recent restaurant and hospitality industry shutdowns and also aid affected businesses. Individuals and businesses can learn more and make a donation here: https://www.vrlta.org/donations/donate.asp?id=19606.

Purchase Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Merchandise

Support an organization raising funds in your area

Training Opportunities

Now through April 30, the National Restaurant Association is offering both the ServSuccess Restaurant Professional and Restaurant Supervisor learning suites FREE of charge. These learning suites, created with industry experts, were designed to reinforce your skills and knowledge and will help ensure you’re ready for what’s next in your career. They also cover everything you need to know to sit for the professional certification exam, should you choose to take it.
Restaurant Professional Learning Suite
5 Modules | approx. 4 hours

For individuals just starting their restaurant career and working in roles like bartenders, cashier, cook, host or server.  Topics include:
  • Front-of-the-House Service & Communication
  • Front-of-the-House Basic Operations
  • Back-of-the-House Pre-Production
  • Back-of-the-House Production
  • Basic Business Operations
Restaurant Supervisor Learning Suite
5 Modules | approx. 5 hours

For individuals who are responsible for supervising, directing, coordinating and training employees. They might also have the job title assistant manager, kitchen lead, shift leader or supervisor. Topics include:
  • Managing Daily Operations
  • Leadership & Communication
  • Safety & Regulations
  • Cost Control Fundamentals
  • Controlling Costs
Please reach out to jim@vrlta.org with any questions. 
Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week Ends Sunday
Support your local restaurants by participating in Takeout Week until Sunday. VRLTA and Virginia Tourism Corporation have teamed up to create and promote Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week. We've seen a lot of love this week - look for the hashtag #VirginiaEatsLocal!

Don't forget to continue to support your local restaurants in the coming weeks. Every Tuesday is Takeout Tuesday! For lists of open restaurants across the state, visit this blog post from VTC.
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.