Hotel Performance January 2021

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COVID-19 has directly affected the hotel industry throughout the United States, and Washington County is no exception. This time of year traditionally is a “soft” period for area hotels. However, we are still seeing decreases directly tied to the decrease in business and leisure travel due…

Washington County Improves to “High Risk”

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday that Washington County will move from “extreme” to “high” risk for COVID-19. This means restaurants will be able to allow indoor dining once again, among other changes. The surrounding Portland metro area of Clackamas and Multnomah counties are…

Washington County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Washington County Public Health has put together a list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and provided answers based on information from the Oregon Health Authority. The following information is provided by the health department: One of the most common questions we…

New COVID Recovery Tools for Hospitality

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Congress unveiled its $900 billion bill for short-term economic relief for businesses affected by COVID-19. Several items will benefit restaurants and lodging establishments. The federal plan announced today targets restaurant relief with provisions including: Enhanced PPP Loan Size: The PPP provides a business with…

Washington County Remains at ‘Extreme Risk’ level

Washington County, Oregon remains in the “Extreme Risk” category in the state’s new public health framework. The county has been in this category since December 3. The current risk level and its safety measures are in effect December 18-31 and are revaluated every two…

State Offers Tax Relief for Small Businesses

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced new tax relief for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns. The Department of Revenue will eliminate penalties and interest on 2019 income tax for businesses that are still struggling to pay bills. “I have heard from…

Hotel Performance November 29-December 5, 2020

Washington county Hotels COVID-19

COVID-19 has directly affected the hotel industry throughout the United States, and Washington County is no exception. While Washington County’s hotel occupancy is performing better than other destinations, it is still a decrease from last year during the same period. For the week of November 29-December…

New Grants for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Several new grant opportunities have become available for Oregon businesses affected by COVID-19. The state has approved $20 million to Business Oregon’s Emergency Assistance Fund and Washington County has approved a relief fund for food and tourism related businesses as well. Governor Brown and…

Oregon to “Freeze” November 18-December 2

Oregon will be placed on a two-week “freeze” as a new measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The freeze limits restaurants to takeout only, retail capacity to 75 percent and faith gatherings and other indoor crowds to 25 people. Gyms,…

Washington County placed on two week ‘Pause’

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that nine counties, including Washington County, must pause social activities for two weeks, starting Wednesday, November 11 through November 25. This pause is a new measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases across Oregon rise. It replaces…