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ALEXANDRIA -  Governor's Order Now in Effect
We have a lot to share so please read this email in its entirety.      Thank you for being patient as we guide you through this most difficult and unexpected journey.  We are all learning as we go each day and our commitment is to get you through this period with resourceful information.  Here are updates for your Wednesday as well as resources you can use for your employees as needed. 
ServSafe is offering their Food Handler course online for free for the next 30 days begining Wednesday, March 25. Additionally, they are offering new COVID-19 Take Out & Delivery courses at no cost. 
Restaurant workers are considered essential employees that can be asked to come to work even when there are federal, state, or local, shelter-in-place Orders.  Still, more and more states and localities are restraining travel, particularly during certain hours of the day, while restaurant workers need to arrive earlier than the time restrictions to make bread, brew coffee, etc.
Effective 10:00pm Wednesday, March 25, 2020
DC Operators, The process to apply for DC Small Business Microgrants went live at 2pm today.
We hope you are all staying strong. Here are updates for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 
We have heard from several of you that some DC Unemployment Insurance applications your employees are submitting are being denied because they are selecting that they are “not actively looking for jobs”. We have talked to the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) about this and they have acknowledged there is a glitch that is being fixed.
WASHINGTON – Monday, March 23, 2020, US Small Business Administration
The Alexandria/Arlington Emergency Layoff Aversion Assistance Program will award 11 grants to local small businesses who require financial assistance in order to retain their workforce during the COVID-19 emergency.
ATTENTION DC RESIDENTS: You can now enroll in private health insurance even though open enrollment is over.
Montgomery County Executive Elrich Supports Governor’s Executive Order to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19; Pledges to Help Impacted Small Businesses and Residents
As we start off what will likely be another busy week, we want to provide you with helpful updates on the local and national level that will impact your operations, employees and customers. 
Landover, MD – Keany Produce & Gourmet has donated over $100
c/o NBC Washington All public schools in Virginia will remain closed through the academic year and all restaurants must end dine-in service, the governor announced Monday as officials try to contain the spread of coronavirus. Restaurants can continue carryout, delivery and drive-thru service.