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Washington gives restaurant guests a veto on being tracked

Gov. Jay Inslee is sticking with the requirement that restaurants record who has eaten in their restaurants and when, but has alerted consumers that they can withhold their specifics.


Denny's feels the pinch of limited reopening capacities.

The increased sales amount to about $900 a day. The added costs can run $500 to $1,000.

The state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the prohibitions on business reopenings are unconstitutional.

A restaurateur has already been arrested. The Justice Department has vowed to pursue more abusers of the system.

The state has repurchased alcohol inventories but is allowing licensed establishments to sell the supplies and pay for them later.

An Oklahoma town had to drop a mask requirement after restaurant employees were threatened. Meanwhile, more places in California got an illegal OK to reopen.

A change in depreciation schedules has entitled Chuy’s to a $3 million tax refund. Chipotle will also be a beneficiary.

Operators say the process was an ordeal, and the terms may yield less assistance than was intended.

The SBA says it has stopped accepting PPP applications. Restaurants that applied for the agency’s other COVID-19-related relief loans will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nearly two dozen industry representatives, from chain CEOs to owner-operators and suppliers, will serve as a sounding board.

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