Clarifications and Changes
With yesterday’s announcements I have received a number of questions around masks for scheduled events of 100 or more and I have some additional information to share with you. There are additional accommodations allowed within Emergency Order 63. The order states the following:
2. The requirements of Paragraph 1 shall not apply to the following:
(a) Scheduled gatherings where attendees are seated and separated by at least 6 feet from any person except those that are (i) a member of that person's household, or (ii) part of that person's party, or, (iii) assigned to that person's table. For scheduled gatherings subject to this exception provision, attendees must wear face coverings while entering and exiting the gathering and while moving to and from their seats.
There have also been a number of changes made to the Universal Guidelines and an overall expansion of the guidelines. Below is a list of the major changes but I recommend you review the entire document.
Finally the number of guests that can be at a table has been increased to 10 but there can be no more than 6 adults at each table. See the updated Restaurant Guidance.
This is a lot to digest so please reach out if you have questions.
Governor Sununu Issues Emergency Order and Tasks Liquor Enforcement
As I am sure you have heard by now, the Governor announced this afternoon that all scheduled events of 100 people or more, will now be mandated to wear masks.
He also announced that NH Liquor Enforcement will now be enforcing all state guidelines for hospitality businesses and may issue violations. I spoke to the Director of Enforcement and Licensing, Mark Armaganian, and he has assured me that their focus will be on education and compliance and that violations will only be issued to repeat offenders. The amounts for violations are still being developed by the Attorney General’s Office and need to be approved by the Governor.
We will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. Please reach out to me with any questions.
Tell Congress: Stop the Surprise PPP Tax Liability
Did you know that restaurant operators who had Protection Program (PPP) loans forgiven may lose some key tax deductions, creating a surprise tax liability? And that the majority of restaurants might not be eligible for a new round of PPP funding? These two critical issues are why you need to take action now to protect restaurants from a surprise tax liability.
As Congress tries to move towards agreement on a final COVID relief package, plans have emerged for a new round of PPP funding that would require businesses to demonstrate a 50% loss of revenue. According to recently released data, 55% of restaurants that are losing money would not be eligible for this new funding! Congress must fix the legislation to ensure that more restaurants—the hardest hit businesses by the COVID-19 pandemic—are eligible.
When Congress created PPP, its intent was for business expenses paid by PPP to be tax deductible. However, guidance from the IRS says that expenses paid for with a forgiven loan are now taxable.
Negotiations are ongoing for this final relief package and time is of the essence. Take action now to help protect restaurants from surprise tax liabilities!
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