5/20/20 Update
NEXT VRLTA Call - TOMORROW, THURSDAY, May 21, 10:00 a.m.
Join us for an update call tomorrow, 5/21, at 10:00 a.m.
The call will be ON ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 916 0209 7961
Password: 682017
LEAD NEWS: Federal Update - AHLA Releases Road Map to Recovery

The American Hotel and Lodging Association, VRLTA's partners at the national level, recently released a plan outlining actions that Congress needs to take to help lodging establishments survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Specifically, they request that additional assistance is needed in the following areas:

  • Help hotels retain a rehire employees by extending the Paycheck Protection Program, and expanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
  • Protect employees and guests through tax credits for cleaning equipment and personal protective equipment.
  • Keep hotel doors open by providing relief for hotel commercial mortgages and increasing the size and flexibility of PPP loans.
  • Incentivize Americans to travel again when it’s safe with a temporary tavel tax credit and restoring the entertainment business expense deduction.  

Click here to read AHLA’s letter to Congress.
Click here t o download the hotel industry’s Road Map to Recovery one-pager.
Local Update - ForwardRVA & VRLTA Join Forces

ForwardRVA is a coalition of the Richmond Region's business, community, and governmental leaders who are working together to create an innovative reopening and planning framework. VRLTA is a ForwardRVA partner. The website, www.forwardrva.com , will offer up-to-date information on Virginia's timing and strategy for getting back to business, reopening resources, and more. The website has good general reopening checklist here.

Also, ForwardRVA is offering a starter PPE kit to small businesses (those with less than 25 employees) - including masks, gloves, hand santizer, signage (including VRLTA's Restaurant Promise poster - see below), and safety information. It's an $80 value, and you can sign up here to get it for free!
Local Update - Prince William County
Yesterday, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted 5-3 to send a letter to Governor Northam and request that restaurants in the county be allowed to enter Phase One of the reopening process. The vote was bipartisan, and is a rebuke of Chairwoman Wheeler’s request to Governor Northam to delay reopening. The Governor must now determine how he wants to respond to this request.
Virginia Restaurant Promise - Poster to print!

VRLTA has worked with the Virginia Department of Health, localities, and restaurants to develop the Virginia Restaurant Promise, a set of commitments to employees and customers. We've put together a poster in three sizes that restaurants can print out and post.

Help spread the word!
Reopening Resources - Updated!

We continue to post resources related to reopening on our website. Visit this page for the latest reopening resources, and this page for the latest news.

PPE Resources -

  • Sysco - currently in stock: masks, gloves in a variety of sizes, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, surface sanitizers, and bleach - contact your sales rep for the latest product availability and pricing; also has a NEW reopening guide here
  • PFG - contact your sales rep for the latest product availability
  • Safeguard Promotional Products - facemasks and shields, hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns, acrylic shields (for checkout stands) - pricing here, or visit https://www.safeguardjack.com/ or contact Anne Meagher Watson at 804.355.2679 or Anne@SafeguardJack.com 
  • KO Distilling is producing Bare Knuckle Hand Sanitizer. More information can be found here.
  • The Hand Sanitizer Guys have bulk/wholesale hand sanitizer and hand sanitizing stations. Serving the NoVa and DC metro area.

Other Resources -

  • National Restaurant Association - Has free reopening guidance available here.
  • ServSafe - Has free reopening training available on demand here.
  • EMR - Now through June 30, any new service call (existing EMR restaurant customers and new restaurant customers), regardless of their previous labor and travel rate for kitchen equipment service, will receive $99/hr labor, and $99 travel. Also, the company has a maintenance list for closed kitchens here. Visit www.emrco.com/locations for more info.
  • Ecolab - Has a variety of cleaning and sanitizing products available (list for hospitality and list for foodservice); Contact Carey Friedman at carey.friedman@ecolab.com or 804.840.3943
  • BMS Direct Inc - for printing of restaurant placemats and menus, including washable menus coming soon! VRLTA members get discounted pricing. Visit this link for more information or email leif.aagaard@bmsdirectinc.com for inquiries. 
  • Push Operations - Push Operations is a labor management solution for restaurants. Push is now offering restaurants its employee health pre-screening software. The software allows contactless temperature checks for employees, customizable pre-health check questions to employees, and effortless communication to employees who’ve worked with a team member that has Covid-19. This service is complimentary for VRLTA members! More information: https://pushoperations.com/covid-19-features/ or Tommy Truong at Tommy@pushoperations.com or 778.858.6325.
  • Open Table - Their Open Door program, starting this month, offers new solutions and reduced or eliminated fees. Learn more here.
Business Support Grants/Loans

We've compiled a robust listing of opportunities - grants, loans, and other support - available to businesses in localities around the state. Visit this page to learn more, and let us know if you have additional resources to share.
Help VTC Understand the Impacts of Coronavirus on your Organization

Help VTC understand the impact on your area, attraction, or organization by filling out this survey: https://sirresearch.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8IbZLmd2ji1snwp
Support the VRLTA Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund

VRLTA's industry relief fund is aiding workers displaced by the recent restaurant and hospitality industry shutdowns and also helping affected businesses. Over $30,000 has been raised to date!

Donations can be made through VRLTA's website 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 updated information!