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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...
To ensure we are reaching diners and restaurant supporters every week, we have created a Winter Marketing Timeline. This calendar of marketing promotions is active now encouraging diners to explore all our local restaurants have to offer for the holiday season, whether they are dining out, dining out at home, or looking for holiday meals and treats to order for family and friends. It continues through January, into February with Valentine’s Day, and through the month of March.    As we talk to media outlets, share on social media, and promote all that you are doing, we can...
PARTICIPATION DETAILS DEADLINE: Friday, February 19, 2021 SIGN UP HERE!   CHERRY PICKS PROGRAM:  The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with RAMW, is proud to showcase the District’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene to attendees of the Festival to be held March 20 - April 11, 2021. Restaurants are encouraged to enroll in the program to highlight an item for their menu. Please note: the use of cherries as an ingredient is not necessary to participate in this promotion.   Cherry Pick: You may highlight a new springtime menu item or a...
  Everyone needs something to look forward to as we head into 2021 and dining out is a delicious way to welcome in a new year and support local restaurants!    ENTER TO WIN A LOCAL LUXURY GETAWAY!  It's a great time to explore the many dining options we have in our region and enter to win a getaway to the luxurious Salamander Resort and Spa to stay, dine, and enjoy the spa, courtesy of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).   To Enter:  Dine out, takeout, or get delivery from any three (3) of the...
Dear Friends of RAMW, This year is not like any other year, and this industry is not any other industry. The restaurant and hospitality industry across the Metropolitan Washington region consistently stands tall as one of the strongest industries in our area, one of the top employers, and a training ground for so many to build careers and thrive. It is a tight knit community of friends and colleagues who support one another, and who continue to push forward through the most challenging year they’ve ever encountered.  As RAMW and our 501c.3 Education Foundation (Educated Eats)...
Get your free COVID-19 precautions videos including ServSafe Delivery, ServSafe Takeout, ServSafe Reopening Guidance and ServSafe Conflict De-escalation.
Through the ServSafe Dining Commitment, operators pledge to follow four best practices that are effective means for reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Nearly 10,000 restaurants have made the commitment in which they pledge to: Adhere to the updated COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance and/or corporate brand guidelines, which are based on CDC, FDA, EPA and OSHA guidelines. Adhere to the laws and guidelines set by their state and local municipalities. Commit to a minimum of one person per location with a current ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification....
In 2020, the first $137,700 of wages or self-employed income are subject to a 12.4% Social Security tax. The Social Security tax gets split by the employer and employee on wage earnings while the self-employed earner is liable for the full 12.4% Social Security tax. All wages and self-employed earnings are subject to a 2.9% Medicare tax; the 2.9% Medicare tax is also split between the employer and employee on wage earnings. Those who earn wages and self-employed income above $250,000 (if married, $200,000 if single) are also subject to an additional 0.9% payroll tax. Biden’s proposed...
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced that the District has joined Get Covered 2021, a national initiative to get uninsured Americans covered and promote information about quality affordable health plans and premium reductions. DC residents are encouraged to sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at DCHealthLink.com. Open enrollment for District residents runs through January 31, 2021. For coverage to be effective January 1, 2021, residents must enroll by December 15, 2020. “The pandemic has placed a...
This Guide is a compilation of Thanksgiving menus and offerings that DC restaurants proactively shared with RAMW. All offerings listed in our guide are available to-go in some in some capacity, whether that be preordered catering, takeout, delivery, or scheduled pickup.   This list does not capture all restaurant offerings in DC, but it features 50+ restaurants who shared their offerings directly with us for our platforms. In addition to browsing through the options below, we encourage consumers to check in with their local restaurants to see what they are offering. ...
RAMW is working with DC Health Link to provide free seat and floor decals to remind customers to maintain 6 feet between themselves and others. These decals are intended to be an aid in business operations to keep patrons safe and healthy, while complying with the Mayor’s orders for social distancing. Each business can request up to six (6) floor decals, ten (10) seat decals, and eight (8) facemasks by emailing us at coverage@ramw.org.   DC Health Link has taken several steps to reduce financial barriers making it easier to...
This Guide is a compilation of Thanksgiving menus and offerings that DC-area restaurants proactively shared with RAMW. All offerings listed in our guide are available to-go in some in some capacity, whether that be preordered catering, takeout, delivery, or scheduled pickup.   This list does not capture all restaurant offerings in DC, but it features 50+ restaurants who shared their offerings directly with us for our platforms. In addition to browsing through the options below, we encourage consumers to check in with their local restaurants to see what they are offering....
Cocktail Enthusiasts, Local and International Experts, Acclaimed Chefs, and Entertainers Host Virtual Happy Hours and Cocktail How-Tos Washington, DC (November 10, 2020)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) kicks off its celebration of cocktail culture and restaurants as DC Cocktail Week returns – with a twist – November 16-22, 2020, at more than 75 restaurants across the Metropolitan Washington region. Diners can enjoy thoughtfully and deliciously paired cocktails and small plates from restaurants next week as chefs and mixologists collaborate to present...
On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11:00am, DC Health Link is sponsoring a virtual enrollment kickoff that will bring together leading healthcare advocates, local leaders, celebrities and entertainers. Learn tips for healthy living, and most importantly, how to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. The kickoff will feature:       - Healthy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs;     - Sounds of local DJs and artists;     - Multicultural dance and music performances;     - Exercise instruction with Zumba, Yoga experts;     -...
The Washington Post is excited to offer a partnership in a “Restaurant Gift Card Giveaway”   To participate, all you need to provide is your restaurant name, hi res logo, restaurant point of contact (name, email, direct phone number) to Alexandra.Weber@washpost.com.  Deadline to participate is Monday, November 2, 2020. Details: The Washington Post will be giving away (5) $100 restaurant gift cards in an exclusive subscriber enter for a chance to win promotion Launch date November 9 and to run for 5 consecutive weeks Your Commitment to participate is...
Over the past several months, OpenTable has worked to create content that can help restaurateurs navigate this challenging period. They are sharing their data, performing regular consumer research, and working directly with industry partners to gather insights and advice. OpenTable has compiled some of their most beneficial pieces, including their latest diner survey data, their industry webinar series, zero-budget marketing tips, and more, in one place for easy access.      Diner insights: How people feel about eating out again In OpenTable’s new...

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