hospitality industry

Washington gives grants to boost border businesses

Nov 11, 2021
Courtesy of Washington Department of Commerce

The state of Washington is providing financial help to businesses in northern counties that have been hurt by the long-term closure of the Canadian border.

The Department of Commerce awarded $2.6 million to more than 200 companies, many in the hospitality and tourism industries, said the agency’s secretary, Lisa Brown.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board has announced a new step aimed at helping the hospitality industry while also promoting Covid vaccinations.

The board announced on Monday that it’s allowing restaurants and bars the option of serving one no-cost alcoholic drink on-site to customers if those customers can prove they’ve received a Covid vaccination.

Courtesy of Spokane County

Spokane County officials are reminding restaurants and hotels they have financial aid available, but companies must apply by the end of the day Monday.

The Spokane County commissioners recently set aside $10 million in federal pandemic CARES Act money to help hospitality companies stay afloat.