COVID-19 Relief Bill: What’s In It for You?


The Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 signed by President Donald J. Trump (R) on Dec. 27 opens the door to approximately $900 billion in COVID-19 aid. Among its general provisions, the bill temporarily (through 2022) extends the $300 charitable deduction for nonitemizers, includes various disaster tax-relief provisions as well as provides funding for unemployment benefits, direct-economic payments to individuals, vaccine distribution and rental assistance. Additional economic stimulus payments for individuals of $600 are already being distributed while lawmakers debate increasing the payout to $2,000.

Congress Reaches Agreement on COVID Relief Package


The House and Senate recently passed a $900-billion pandemic relief package aimed at boosting the U.S. economy into the early spring, which is combined with $1.4 trillion to fund regular government operations for the rest of the fiscal year. President Donald J. Trump (R) signed the bill into law on Dec. 27.

Stirewalt Appears on Latest TRSA Industry Update


Amid rising coronavirus cases nationwide, TRSA held its final Association Industry Update webinar of 2020. Chris Stirewalt, political editor, Fox News, joined the webinar to discuss the latest news from the nation’s capital.

Alsco Launches Fleet Electrification Program


As fleets nationwide transition to all-electric vehicles for last-mile deliveries, Motiv announced the deployment of four all-electric step vans with Alsco. These zero-emission step vans are built on Motiv’s EPIC F-59 Ford eQVM-approved chassis and will serve routes in Sacramento, CA, and Los Angeles, with dozens more planned for next year, according to a news release.

Aramark Aims to Donate 5 Million Face Masks to RMHC


Aramark recently launched a face mask donation campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House locations across the United States that will help support the services and care they provide to children and their families, according to a news release.

Unitex Opens New Plant


Unitex recently opened its Lawrence, MA, facility. Located at 155 Shepard St., the first phase of the opening is focused on the laundry needs of hospitals and extended-care facilities in the market, according to a news release.

Crown Atlanta – Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge


As the year 2020 winds down amid a surge of coronavirus cases nationwide, hospitality laundries that service hard-hit hotels are coping as best they can. Along the way, some are finding surprising sources of strength among their own staff.