The National Restaurant Association has sent its ‘Blueprint for Restaurant Revival’ to the United States Congress.
The comprehensive policy and legislative plan outlines specific and immediate action the federal government should take to stabilize the industry in the short-term and set the foundation for long-term rebuilding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In just the past two weeks, state and local government mandates have shut down almost 100,000 restaurants,” said Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public affairs for the Association.
“Since the restaurant industry was first shuttered,” he continued, “the National Restaurant Association and our state restaurant association partners have led the call at the federal, state, and local level for policies that will allow us not to profit, but simply to survive this pandemic.
“Despite losing more jobs and revenue than any other industry in this country, Congress has chosen not to advance a recovery package that is tailored for the unique challenges of a restaurant on the cusp of bankruptcy.”
The blueprint focuses on three main areas where Congress can act to make significant changes that would support restaurants of every size and operational model in communities across the country.
These areas include: short-term relief to restart the restaurant industry by creating a targeted ‘Restaurant Recovery Fund’; prioritizing food and agriculture employees for COVID-19 testing; and helping restaurants support at-risk communities by funding programs to feed at-risk populations.
“The restaurant industry is one of tenacity, innovation, and dedication to serving our community,” said Kennedy. “We are looking to Congress not only for support for our short-term survival, but to create a long-term framework that sustains our role as a key part of the food supply chain for the millions of families that rely on us for nourishment.”