CoronaVirus - Resources for Businesses

RIHA has curated the following Covid-19 information here for our members.
In addition to the frequently asked questions below, the following links can help with:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, however, efforts should be made to minimize their contact with other people. Staff should be made aware that the guests are in quarantine. If possible, drop off fresh linens and materials instead of going into the room.

Not on the state level. However, Block Island has placed a "Shelter in Place" order. We expect other municipalities to follow. We have sent a request to all municipalities asking that they classify restaurants and hotels as "essential" in such a circumstance.

Both Massachusetts and Connecticut have issued "Stay in Place" advisories. They have both exempted restaurants and hotels. If you have an employee that lives in either state, they do not need a form to drive to work. However, if you would like to give them one, you can download a sample here.

In an effort to support communities across the country during this unprecedented public health crisis, AHLA today announced a new initiative – Hotels for Hope – to connect hotel properties with the health community, struggling to find housing and support as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.

The deadline to pay your sales tax to the state is Friday. The Governor has announced that she will not extend sales tax deadline.

RIHA is working closely with the Governor's office to develop an expediated appeal process for those businesses that need more time.

RIHA has been personally contacting the decision makers in Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns, requesting that they follow the lead of Warwick, Cranston and Newport in extending municipal tax deadlines for residents and businesses. Here is a current list, city by city, of Municipal Tax Relief deadlines.

Unfortunately no. Any payments from an employer must be reported to DLT.

In response to the potential growth of COVID-19 (coronavirus), a special enrollment period (SEP) is now available through April 19th. Please use “COVID-19” as your reason for an SEP when you are filling out the online application. Please call 1-855-840-4774 for help.

No. Paid sick leave does not need to be paid out upon separation of employment. Paid time off and/or vacation pay does need to be paid out if the employee has been there for more than a year.

According to the CDC, “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home when sick. Employers should encourage employees to stay home if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

In 2018, Rhode Island passed the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Act, entitling most employees to forty hours of Paid Sick leave. Please review your Paid Sick leave policy with your employees.

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Answer right now is: Notify Food Protection at the RI Department of Health – 401 222-2749

The CDC and local health departments are meeting on Monday to develop additional protocols.

If you’re business is shut down due to a quarantine, please contact RIHA directly.

Make sure that you review your cancellation policies and contracts. If you need to make changes, make sure to communicate these changes to your staff and guests.

Staff should be instructed on how to handle people calling with questions.

You should contact your insurance companies to see what type of insurance coverage is available to you.
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As of today, the Governor has stated that she is not planning on issuing a Stay at Home order. However, if people do not observe the guidelines the state is issuing, she may need to take additional action.

The RI Department of Business Regulation is accepting applications for businesses to be classified as a "critical business."

RIHA has submitted a letter to the Governor on behalf of restaurants and hotels. We ask that restaurants and hotels do not fill out this form as to not overwhelm DBR.

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

As of March 23, 2030 at 5:00 p.m., recreational and entertainment areas, including pools, gyms and spas, must be shut down.

Hotels should take steps to ensure that their public spaces maintain enough space to allow individuals to have at least six feet of space around them. Hotels should also ensure that the proper number of guests are in a hotel room and ensure that guests are not gathering in groups of ten or more.

Hotel jobs

As hotel associates are being laid off or furloughed due to the impact of coronavirus on the travel industry, the AHLA Foundation has compiled this list of Employment Partners that are actively seeking to hire new associates as they face increased demand at this time.

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Job Openings in Newport

Looking for a job? Here are 60+ businesses that are hiring right now in Newport, even during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

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Provide childcare for the families of Rhode Island frontline workers

Join the community to be connected to local frontline workers (medical professionals and others providing essential services) in need of childcare during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Rhode Island Covid-19 Info Line

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AHLA COVID-19 Prevention & Preparedness Guide

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National Restaurant Association Guide

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ServSafe CoronaVirus Guide

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