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Operating a restaurant involves a lot of moving parts – most controlled by you, but many controlled by laws, regulations, licenses and permits. Alcoholic beverages, food safety, labor practices and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (the healthcare mandate) are significant – and then there is everything else.

Get to know the regulatory agencies that govern such things as sidewalk cafes, signage, noise, fire safety and more. And, get to know about the efforts being made by RAMW on your behalf to improve the regulatory environment.


New Face Mask Orders in DC & MD for Restaurants 4/15

April 15, 2020
We have some important updates to share with you as new Orders were issued today in DC and MD impacting restaurant operators.

More Resources for Operators and Employees 4/14

April 15, 2020
In talking with many of you, I know that so many of you are checking in regularly with your employees and managers who are not on site during this time. When your team was together each day, it was certainly easier to be there for one another, share in successes and the spirit of teamwork, and create a positive and uplifting work environment.

Relief: Fairfax and Montgomery Counties 4/15

April 15, 2020
Dear Operators, We know there is a lot of information coming from RAMW and while we hope it’s useful, we are also mindful that it can be a lot to absorb. Over the next couple of weeks, we will begin to streamline messaging to include real-time updates and action needed by you as you are considering and leveraging various relief efforts. In the meantime, we are sharing a few quick regional updates below. NoVA The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted in their meeting yesterday to approve the establishment of the Fairfax County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Microloan Fund to...

Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) Program

April 15, 2020
PURPOSE The Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to Montgomery County for-profit businesses (including sole proprietorships and independent contractors) and nonprofit organizations that have experienced significant financial loss caused directly or indirectly by a public health emergency. Local businesses may be eligible for grants of up to $75,000. PREPARE TO SUBMIT A GRANT APPLICATION See grant application instructions 1 REVIEW ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Is your business eligible for the PHEG program? Are you a for-profit or non-...

More Resources for Operators & Employees

April 14, 2020
In talking with many of you, I know that so many of you are checking in regularly with your employees and managers who are not on site during this time. When your team was together each day, it was certainly easier to be there for one another, share in successes and the spirit of teamwork, and create a positive and uplifting work environment. Our current status is a whole different beast and while so many are taking measures to ensure co-workers and industry colleagues are supported through relief measures, meals and supplies, it is critical that we all touch base with one another during this...

National Restaurant Association Offers Discount Drug Card, Telemedicine Programs to Members

April 2, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association As Covid-19 rages on, telemedicine is a viable treatment option, while access to discounted prescriptions is always a great benefit. The National Restaurant Association is offering two programs to help members and their employees stay healthy and safe. Through its new partner, Healthiest You, the Association is making a telemedicine option available to its members. The service is $7/month per employee. There are no co-pays, and all family members can use the service. The National Restaurant Association is offering members access to...

National Campaign & Regional Updates 4/13

April 13, 2020
It’s been 30 days since the region was upended and everyone had to consider what their temporary new normal needed to be going forward during this very uncertain period. And while we are not clear on exactly what is ahead, we will continue to support you with all of your present needs and prepare this industry for what may need to be and should be considered going into the next several weeks. From what we are hearing, small businesses are just now starting to receive updates and funding based on the loans they applied for depending on their lenders, and on which type of loans they...

Free Signs for Your Essential Business

April 12, 2020
Gelberg Signs would like to support Essential businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They are providing the selected signs shown here for free for any Essential business. To order please call, 202-882-7733 or 240-372-7148.

Restaurant Advocacy Campaign & Regional Updates

April 10, 2020
I hope you got outside to see some sunshine this week and that you are practicing self-care and stress management when you can during this time. As an Essential industry, you are rising above every day and it is noticeable how hard you as operators are working to ensure safety for your employees, vendors, and takeout and delivery patrons by going above and beyond to establish strict protocol and safety standards.

Governor Hogan Institutes Budget and Hiring Freeze Across State Government, Takes Action to Bolster Unemployment Claims Process

April 10, 2020
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state is instituting a budget and hiring freeze amid estimates that Maryland is facing a projected $2.8 billion shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also announced that he has directed the Maryland Department of Labor to take steps to bolster the state’s unemployment insurance process to handle an unprecedented surge in claims. “The spread of this deadly virus is wreaking havoc on our national and state economies, on small businesses, and the people of our state,” said Governor Hogan. “In...

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