King County’s COVID-19 vaccine verification policy in effect for small restaurants, bars on Monday

Restaurants and bars with seating for fewer than 12 customers will be required to verify vaccination status.

KING COUNTY, Wash. — King County’s COVID-19 vaccine verification policy will apply to all restaurants and bars starting Monday.

The mandate, which previously covered large outdoor public events and indoor establishments, will apply to restaurants and bars with seating for fewer than 12 people. The vaccine verification mandate will be in full effect in King County.

“We have heard from businesses that vaccine verification is going well in King County,” Rachel Smith, president and CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce, said in a prepared statement. “While it may involve extra work in the short-term, this step is helping customers and staff feel safe as they get back to many of the activities we missed in earlier phases of the pandemic. We support vaccination because we know it’s the path out

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11 of the most romantic small towns and resorts for fall across the United States

Robert C. Williams

Leaf-peeping season is upon us, a time for getting outdoors and taking in the beautiful change of seasons. Across the country, this selection of charming small towns and quaint romantic resorts offer not only fantastic autumn colors, but also memorable stays, as well as other local events running from Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Kennebunkport, Maine

Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine

Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine is one of the top locations for an autumn road trip. Not only will you have access to some of the country’s most striking color changes, you can also take part in the local fall fests and celebrations, go lobster fishing and learn about the fascinating history of this shipbuilding port that is filled with antique charm.

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is one of New England’s premier small towns to recreate in, whether it be winter skiing, summer hiking or enjoying the arrival of Stowe’s vibrant autumn color changes. At

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Restaurant Trade Group Says Biden’s Build Back Better Act Will Hurt Small Businesses

Robert C. Williams

The National Restaurant Association, which in the past has lobbied against increases to the minimum wage and paid sick leave, has raised concerns about the potential impact of President Joe Biden‘s Build Back Better Act in a letter to Congress released on September 29.

The letter, which was addressed to House Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy and Senate Leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, said that parts of the bill were too expensive for small businesses.

National Restaurant Association Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy said investments in pre-K education, childcare, and public transit were “long-overdue” but worried that the cost of the bill would “burden” the “struggling restaurant industry.”

This letter referenced the association’s September 2021 survey of 4,000 restaurants across the country. The association said the results of the survey showed that they felt “a recovery from the pandemic will be prolonged well into

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Why franchises fare as badly as small restaurants amid COVID, Delta variant surge [Video]

Robert C. Williams

Restaurants walloped by COVID-19 have suffered a silent epidemic of financial woes among an unlikely segment: Franchise eateries.

The pandemic’s impact on the food industry has been well chronicled, with many having to shutter, drastically cut staffing and hours, or resort to other desperate measures just to stay afloat. However, some experts say franchises — third party operators licensed by larger brands — are just as vulnerable to closure and operational struggles, like food and labor shortages.

A staggering 20,000 franchisees nationwide closed in 2020, and employment in the sector plunged by 11.2% to 7.5 million last year, according to data from the International Franchise Association (IFA).

That represented a loss of approximately 940,000 jobs across food and leisure establishments in an industry that generated $680 billion worth of output to the U.S. economy, the IFA estimates. Still, franchise jobs are expected to jump by over 10% this year

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