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DC Health Link in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs is hosting a series of town hall conversation about access to health insurance during the pandemic. The series, “Get the Facts. Get Covered: Health Insurance Enrollment During COVID 19” focuses on the value and benefits of having health insurance especially during the pandemic and providing consumers with the information and tools needed to access health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, health plan options including Medicaid, steps to enrollment, eligibility requirements, standard...
Sharing this AAPI Resources Guide that our friends at Common Threads put together. Visit the Common Threads AAPI page for a full list of resources Report a hate crime Stop AAPI Hate Celebrating AAPI Culture 12 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture (U.S. Department of Education) Asian Reflections on the American Landscape (U.S. Department of the Interior) Bystander Intervention...
In response to the devastating economic and health impacts of COVID-19, the American Rescue Plan reduces premiums for health insurance through DC Health Link, provides health insurance for as little as $2/month to people who lost their jobs, and pays for 100% of COBRA for laid-off workers. It is a fundamental shift in how we view private health insurance affordability for all income earners and the biggest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since 2010. District residents covered through DC Health Link will save approximately $36 million in premiums for individual and family health...
Food Rescue US - DC: An Option for Restaurants That Wish to Donate Surplus Food The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge disruptor to the restaurant industry but despite that, Food Rescue US, DC’s volunteer-driven web-based food runner program, has continued to provide a service to restaurants that wish to donate their surplus food. With spring on the horizon and vaccination rates increasing, it seems brighter days are ahead, yet there will always be food waste and now there is an easy solution: Food Rescue US. Participating restaurants can choose to donate according to their need and...
National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) has joined forces with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) to announce a $100,000 relief program called, “Love Local” to address the upending impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurants and retail. This critical localized initiative is designed to provide funding and promotion to help National Landing restaurants and small businesses in need of immediate support.   The “Love Local” program will distribute financial support to all eligible open, brick & mortar small business or...
Funds Will Support Open and Eligible National Landing Restaurants and Small Businesses   (Arlington, VA) – March 15, 2021 – National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) has joined forces with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) to announce a $100,000 relief program called, “Love Local” to address the upending impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This critical localized initiative is designed to provide funding and promotion to help National Landing restaurants and small businesses in need of immediate support.   “...
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a resource shared by our Industry Partner, CPA Eats. On Wednesday, March 10th, the House will likely approve the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, sending it to President Biden’s desk for signature by the end of this week. You can find a link to the full PDF of the bill's text at the bottom of this email. As this $2 Trillion, 628 page spending bill goes into effect, you are likely to be inundated with emails about its various provisions, so, now that we have the final text, allow me to jump ahead of the email traffic and highlight some of the...
Join RAMW & DC Health Link for an informational webinar on the current options available to small businesses that have undergone operational changes and challenges impacting the ability to offer or maintain employer-sponsored health coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic including information about:   Zero percent down No policy terminations Automatic 12-month repay period Information will also be shared for individuals who may be losing or have lost health insurance coverage during the pandemic. Purvee Kempf, General Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor, with the DC...
The "Workplace Safety During the COVID19 Pandemic Temporary Amendment Act of 2021” passed its second reading. This legislation passed as emergency legislation and thus is effective upon it being signed by the Mayor. RAMW was very concerned about the passage of this legislation and the burdens it places on operators as they attempt to survive the pandemic. However, through many conversations with Councilmember Silverman and other members of the Council, RAMW was able to have some changes made in the final version passed to make the legislation more palatable for our industry. The...
DC's restaurants are working hard to provide safe spaces for indoors and out, unique experiences, and delicious dining options for you to dine in, to go, or delivered right to you!    Explore Your Dining Options! Check out these links below & #DineYourWayDC:   OpenTable DC To Go-Go  Eater's Guide to Dining in D.C. | Eater DC  38 Standout Dining Destinations Around D.C. | Eater DC D.C. is Stacked With New Burger Options. Start With These Three. | Washington City Paper Food News | Washington City Paper Going Out Guide | The Washington...
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio, Department of Small and Local Development (DSLBD) Director Kristi C. Whitfield, Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture Director Shawn Townsend, and local Business Improvement District partners announced a second round of citywide personal protective equipment (PPE) care packages to businesses. District officials announced the new PPE care packages while celebrating the opening of the first East of the River streatery at Busboys and Poets Anacostia. “...
Servicemen and women invited back to the nation’s capital for future leisure travel. Washington, DC -- Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the Hospitality Alliance, comprised of Destination DC, Events DC, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C., today announced that members of the military will be eligible for special deals and discounts in DC through the “DC Salutes You” program. In a show of appreciation for their service to Washington, DC, the hospitality industry invites military, law enforcement, veterans and first...
Benson J. Fischer, Love Real Estate founder, has had an extensive background in real estate and food service. He has owned and operated 51 restaurants and orchestrated hundreds of restaurant leases, sales, and workout-reorganization transactions. He has also bought and sold restaurants and manufacturing/distribution businesses in Bankruptcy. Benson’s brings 40 years of exceptional negotiating skills, combined with his extensive food service and real estate background is an asset to any restaurant owner impacted by the Pandemic. Benson’s entrepreneurial spirit has led him to...
Governor Northam approved permanent version of COVID-19 workplace safety rules. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new standard which is attached to this memorandum. On Wednesday, January 27th, Governor Northam announced that he has approved a permanent version of its COVID-19 workplace safety rules, which mandates employers implement pandemic precautions such as social distancing and masks. The permanent standards will remain in place at least until the end of the pandemic, at which point the Commonwealth’s Safety and Health Codes Board can reconvene to...
Throwing Bean for Beads. Mardi Gras Benefit Feeding the DMV Restaurant Community in Need on February 16th, 2021. It has been a very tough time for all of us in the restaurant industry and what helps keep us going is that we are in this together and thinking of ways to help each other. We are sharing an event we are in support of and would like to see if you wish to participate. Event co-chairs for the annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza event in DC, chefs David Guas (native New Orleanian) and Spike Mendelsohn, along with Micheline Mendelsohn, Gina Chersevani, and Bruce Pike are putting...
DC Health Link Assisters are working with small businesses to support their DC resident employees who are losing or have lost their health insurance to help them enroll in a DC Health Link individual health plan, or apply for Medicaid, so they remain covered during this public health crisis. RAMW can assist you in providing information to your staff by proactively engaging with DC Health Link to reach out to your staff members to discuss their coverage options. DC Health Link has options for employers and individuals who are looking for affordable coverage. If you are...
(Washington, DC­­) – Uninsured District of Columbia residents have more time to enroll in health coverage for 2021. From now through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can enroll using DC Health Link’s Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for COVID-19. All DC Health Link plans cover diagnosis, treatment, testing, and vaccination for COVID-19 for free   Last year, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) adopted a COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for District residents who need health insurance through the end of the District’s public health...
(Washington, DC­­) – Uninsured District of Columbia residents have more time to enroll in health coverage for 2021. From now through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents can enroll using DC Health Link’s Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for COVID-19. All DC Health Link plans cover diagnosis, treatment, testing, and vaccination for COVID-19 for free   Last year, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) adopted a COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for District residents who need health insurance through the end of the District’s public health...
Groundbreaking collaboration provides detailed copyright information for more than 20 million songs, including reconciled ownership shares, offering greater transparency for the industry NEW YORK – (December 21, 2020) – ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, today announced the launch of SONGVIEW, a comprehensive data platform that provides music users with an authoritative view of copyright ownership and administration shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. SONGVIEW technology allows ASCAP and...
Road Closures and Parking Restrictions as of January 13, 2021 at 10am. These are subject to change. Real-time updates will be shared on the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) Twitter account @DCPoliceDept Road Closures for Inauguration “MPD reports the following road closures are in effect until further notice due to preparation for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. • Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue, SW, and Second Street, SE. • Constitution Avenue between First Street, NW, and Second Street, NE. • East Capitol Street between First...
Hook Hall Helps Coming to NoVA Thursday, January 14th 2021 Starting January 14th, Hook Hall will expand its Industry Family Meal and Supply Kit distribution to include a Northern Virginia location. Family meals from a rotating list of restaurants and supply kits may be picked up beginning Thursday, January 14th – and every Thursday thereafter – from 3-5 pm at The Freshman in Crystal City (2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202). This location is public transit accessible. To pre-register: Hospitality Workers can pre-register at www.hookhallhelps.com to...
On Tuesday, December 15th in DC, the Council held their final Legislative Meeting of this session. The Council unanimously passed Bill 23-965, the “Displaced Workers Right to Reinstatement and Retention Amendment Act of 2020”. We, along with Andrew Kline, have been advocating on the industry’s behalf for weeks, as this was a quick moving piece of legislation, and many of you weighed in and took immediate action to reach out to the Council to share your story and express concerns with the legislation. We know as an industry that you already prioritize your staff and go to...
SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has recently released additional PPP guidance: SBA Guidance on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran and Women-Owned Business Concerns  (Released 1/6/2021) Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program as Amended by Economic Aid Act (Released 1/6/2021) Interim Final Rule on Second Draw Loans (Released 1/6/2021) For more information and updates, visit SBA.gov/PPP or Treasury.gov/CARES
Good news on the Federal Relief front! A silver lining in this challenging week is that Congress has reached a bipartisan deal that will likely pass the House and Senate today. This is a bright spot as we head into the Holidays and are faced with many operational hindrances. The final text is finally out. Below is a quick analysis of what's included thanks to Matt Hetrick at the Harmony Group.    PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) Who Qualifies: If your business has experienced a quarter this year with a sales drop of 25%+ vs last year, you will likely...
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced the District has joined “Get Covered 2021”, a national movement to promote COVID-19 safety and health insurance enrollment. Get Covered 2021 is driving toward a national “Get Covered America Day” on Thursday, December 10, 2020 and will continue through the open enrollment period and into the new year. The goal on December 10th is to drive enrollment across the nation, through united voices in the press and on social media. In support of the initiative and the important message it conveys, Mayor...

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