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Tell Congress: Restaurants Need Relief Now!

March 20, 2020

So far, Congress has received more than 170,000 calls and emails urging relief for restaurants ASAP! And, there's still time to take action!

If you have not taken action yet, we need your help to ensure relief for restaurants and our employees is properly addressed in the current legislative package!



Economic forecasts indicate restaurants and the foodservice industry could sustain $225 billion in losses and eliminate 5-7 million jobs over the next three months. By taking action, you can tell your personalized story about how this has negatively impacted you, your employees, and your industry and ask President Trump and Congress for their support of the National Restaurant Association restaurant recovery plan.

This plan provides direct and targeted relief in the form of:

  • direct relief from a new restaurant recovery fund
  • community grants for disaster relief assistance
  • guaranteed loans and business interruption insurance
  • lost revenue coverage from the government
  • expand access to efficient and affordable loans
  • special disaster unemployment assistance for workers
  • tax breaks to help your cash flow
  • a fix to the QIP tax glitch
  • and more

Please take a few moments to make your voice heard in this vital grassroots mobilization effort. We need Congress to act — and act fast.

Off-Premises Best Practices
Every day, more states and municipalities advise or mandate closing on-premises dining in restaurants, bars and other foodservice establishments due to the threat of the coronavirus.

Operators realize that to continue serving their customers and communities, they need to adapt business models to optimize off-premises options including curbside pick-up, drive-thru and delivery.

Menu changes, packaging, communication methods, workstation setups, payment options—check out some best practices for new operating conditions. Read the tips here.

Webinar on Coronavirus Resources: Labor & Employment Law
In the current public health emergency, employers are confronting tough employment questions related to leave and accommodation, workers’ comp, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other workplace laws and regs.

Hear Shannon Meade, National Restaurant Association vice president of Public Policy and Legal Advocacy, and legal experts from the law firm Littler Mendelson discuss these topics and more in a webinar for restaurant industry employers.

Additional On-Demand Webinars:

Helpful Links:

  • Restaurant Coronavirus Resources & Information by State
    Don't forget to check the Association's comprehensive list of the mandates and directives required in every state, city and county as they relate to restaurants and coronavirus measures. The list is updated daily by our ServSafe Compliance Team and has the latest information about lockdowns, closing dining rooms, poster and signage requirements, limiting service to off-premises, and other useful information. Check the list regularly to find out how to operate in this new business environment. Click here to access.
  • In addition to the federal social-distancing guidance, many jurisdictions have announced locality-specific guidance. The National Restaurant Association is tracking these announcements, and they can be accessed here.
  • Always check into the Association's COVID-19 webpage; it remains the best place to find the most up-to-date information.