COVID-19 WA Brewery Emergency Resources

We are providing regular update emails to our brewery members. If you would like to receive these updates  contact us here.

 

Phase 2 Reopening Guide for Breweries 

WA Beer Pledge Poster

WA Beer Pledge Customer Poster

 

May 11, 2020 – Phase 2 Guidance for Brewery/Restaurant/Tavern Reopenings – Governor Inslee released guidance for Phase 2 “restaurant/tavern” reopenings. Phase 2 includes all breweries, regardless of license type. The guidance issued also applies to restaurants, taverns, wineries, distilleries, coffee shops, juice bars, and other like food and beverage establishments. In order to reopen in Phase 2, businesses must comply with the outlined requirements. A link to Phase 2 requirements and a memo outlining what types of businesses are included can be found here. Note that, statewide, we are currently in Phase 1. Some small counties meeting state criteria have been approved to move to Phase 2.

 

4/23/2020, Governor Inslee gave a public address, saying it is unlikely that many restrictions under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will be modified before May 4th and laid out a framework for the loosening of restrictions contingent on a steady decrease of the spread of COVID-19 in our State. You can find more about Washington’s Recovery Plan, here. Breweries, deemed essential services under the order, may continue the following operations as approved under the original order:

  • Breweries may produce and distribute beer
  • Breweries may make beer to-go sales, including growlers, curbside sales and deliveries. For curbside sales and deliveries, please complete and submit a “Temporary Activities Form” to the WSLCB. The form can be found here, under curbside and delivery service.
  • No consumption can take place on a brewery premise, inside or outside
  • Breweries must implement rules and procedures to help facilitate social distancing of 6 feet

Best Practices for Implementing Social Distancing here.

Personal Protective Equipment  – How you can help

CDC Guidelines for Employees with COVID-19 Exposure

 

Impact Surveys:

Washington Breweries COVID-19 Impact Survey

Brewers Association COVID-19 Impact Survey (Part II)

 

WBG Allied Members COVID-19 Programs, Services and Initiatives for WA Brewers

 

4/17/2020 – Monthly/Quarterly Tax Filing and Payments Info:

Many monthly and quarterly employer tax filings and/or payments have been deferred. Here’s a quick round-up of the latest status on tax filings.

WA DOR Taxes: Certain payments have been deferred. You are still required to file, even if you don’t pay. More info found here.

WA Beer Excise Tax (WSLCB): Penalties for late payments waived through May 4th (retroactive to end of February). You’ll still need to file. Info here.

Federal Beer Excise Tax (TTB): 90-day postponement for filings and payment. More info here.

Quarterly Unemployment Taxes (ESD): Unemployment taxes and reports have not been deferred and must be filed and paid, however, you can request a penalty waiver here if you are unable to pay.

Worker Compensation Premium (L&I): L&I is now offering a L&I Tax Grace Period for premium payments, along with payment plans for employers facing financial difficulties during the pandemic. Under this new offer, employers can request for their payment to be deferred for up to 90 days, or can ask for a 90-day payment plan. Either way, the delayed payments will be penalty- and interest-free. Payments for the first quarter of 2020 are due no later than April 30. To be eligible for this coronavirus-related assistance, employers must contact their L&I account manager if they know they won’t be able to make their quarterly premium payment. Account managers are available by phone at 360-902-4817. Click here for more info and filing links.

WSLCB:

LCB Webinar Recap & Link: On 5/19/2020, WBG co-hosted a Phase 2 Reopenings webinar with the WA Hospitality Association and WA Wine Institute, featuring speakers from the Liquor & Cannabis Board. Chief of Enforcement, Justin Nordhorn, and Director of Licensing, Becky Smith, covered a wide range of topics including bar seating, changes to floor plans, extending outdoor seating, curbside orders and deliveries, what to do with expired beer, and more. You can watch the full webinar, here.

WSLCB Relaxes Some Curbside and Delivery Rules/Waives Penalties for Late Excise Tax Payments

Beer Excise Tax Penalties Deferred Until April 22nd – proclamation here , Deferment details

LCB Guidance on Returns here, Find Q&A for beer returns here.

Keg Registrations – No Longer Required for Breweries – Per LCB: With the passage of HB 2412, Domestic breweries licensed under RCW 66.24.240 and microbreweries licensed under RCW 66.24.244 are not subject to RCW 66.28.200 when selling or offering for sale kegs or other containers containing four gallons or more of malt liquor of the licensee’s own production, or when selling, offering for sale, or leasing kegs or other containers that will hold four gallons or more of liquid. This requirement is not in effect yet, but due to the impacts of COVID-19 LCB will not enforce this during the period before the official effective date of HB 2412, which is June 11, 2020.

 

WA Hospitality Employee Relief Fund Info and Links

 

Small Business Local Resources

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development has been allocated $1.5 million to help qualifying small businesses located in Seattle with 5 employees or less

Amazon has created a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to help small companies located within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters

Additional Small Business Assistance:

SBA Loans & Grants:

WA State Small Business Grants Available Now for Businesses with 10 or Fewer Employees

SBA Releases New Guidance for Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness: 5/22/2020 – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released additional PPP guidance this week in the form of the Loan Forgiveness Application, which includes some key definitions and instructions for loan forgiveness. Those of you who have received loans, can find more info here.

Congress Approves Additional PPP Funding: 4/23/2020 – The House passed another coronavirus package that includes additional funding for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program, as well as $75 billion for hospitals and disease testing. The PPP will receive an additional $310 billion, with $60 billion specifically earmarked for small lenders. The parameters for the program have not changed and can be found here. It is unclear when applications will be reopened. We are monitoring closely and will provide updates as they come. An alternative option for some businesses might be the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program. Here’s an article that provides a good overview of both programs.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans

SBA Loans for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

SBA Tax information:

Department of Revenue info on how to defer certain tax payments

WA State Dept of Revenue will have authority to waive, suspend penalties and interest on certain late tax payments

Additional SBA Resources:

SBA Assistance for Breweries During the COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Available, webinar hosted by the Brewers Association

Department of Commerce COVID-19 Info & Update

StartUp Washington Crisis Planning Tools and Resources

SBDC Washington Protect Your Business

Association of Washington Businesses COVID-19 Employer Resources  

City of Seattle Measures for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

 

Unemployment Security Department Resources:

WA State COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers

COVID-19 Resource List for WA Businesses and Workers

Dept of Employment Security emergency rules and a Q&A sheet for employers and employees impacted by the coronavirus

Employment Security Department Emergency Employment Resources

Employment Security Department login

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave and Shared Work Program, ESD Shared Work Program Eligibility

One-Week Waiting Period Waiver for Unemployment Insurance & Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Expansion – Retroactive to March 8th

Unemployment Benefits

 

Financial Resources for WA Residents:

Utility Rate Payer Assistance

Dept of Social and Health Service to expand eligibility for the Family Emergency Assistance Program to include families without children

Employment Security Dept & Dept of Commerce resources and tools as they become available here

Financial Resources for WA Residents Impacted by COVID-19

 

Department of Health:

Mental Health Support: Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511.

King County Public Health Guidance for Retail Establishments

WA Department of Health Food Workers Guidance

 

Brewers Association Resources:

Brewers Association Coronavirus Resource Center

Believe in Beer Fund: The Brewers Association has partnered with Bottleshare, a fundraising non-profit dedicated to the craft beverage community, to create the Believe in Beer Fund to support breweries and state brewers guilds impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is open for breweries and state guilds from across the country to apply for financial assistance for operations expenses such as payroll, rent, and utilities. Beginning April 24 and through the end of American Craft Beer Week on May 17, individuals can contribute to the fund by visiting GoFundMe.com. Relief funds will be available to breweries and state guilds that demonstrate immediate financial need due to COVID-19 and meet the outlined criteria.

Brewers Association Best Practices for Beer To-Go Sales, The Brewers Association put together guidelines for breweries to follow when selling beer to-go from their establishments. This guidance includes best practices for maintaining sanitary practices and social distancing in light of COVID-19. Learn more here.

SBA Assistance for Breweries During the COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Available, webinar hosted by the Brewers Association. (BA) has a breakdown of SBA loan types for small businesses here.

Brewers Association write up on $2 trillion stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and what it might mean for your brewery here.

Draught Quality Recommendations During Extended Bar/Restaurant Shutdown

BA offering all nonmember breweries a temporary membership free of charge, also not expiring any current brewery members at this time. Contact membership@brewersassociation.org to join and gain access to COVID 19 related updates and online resources.

Brewers Association Presents Virtual CBC – Free for All Breweries!

 

Guild Letters:

Letter submitted on behalf of the guild to our full WA Delegation, March 19, 2020

2020 Ag Community letter to Governor Inslee COVID19

BA industry letter to congressional leaders requesting tax credit for out of code beer, March 19, 2020