Whether it’s streamlining the permit process or setting wage requirements, state and local governments play pivotal roles in the business operations of restaurants within their communities. With a diverse patchwork of laws enacted at the state and local levels, the Association engages with state and local governments so that lawmakers can better understand the economic impact and contributions of restaurants. Take a look to see how the Association reaches out to state and local governments.
 

City & County Face Covering Mandates | December 8, 2021

The National Restaurant Association is updating a compiled list of City & County Face Covering requirements and recommendations in real time. 
 

Letter to US Conference of Mayors on Outdoor Dining | October 19, 2021

Association letter to the US Conference of Mayors outlining the necessity of outdoor dining and encouraging local leaders to take policy steps to maintain it going into colder weather.
 

Blueprint for Rebuilding Letter from Association to National Governors Association | May 26, 2021

Vice President of State Affairs at the National Restaurant Association Mike Whatley sent a letter to the National Governors Association with recommendations on state government action to assist restaurants with post-pandemic recovery.
 

Blueprint for Recovery Letter to NGA Chair Andrew Cuomo | February 18, 2021

Vice President of State Affairs at the National Restaurant Association Mike Whatley sent a letter to the National Governors Association with recommendations on state government action to the help restaurants through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Blueprint for Recovery Letter from Association to USCM Chair Greg Fischer | February 18, 2021

Vice President of State Affairs at the National Restaurant Association Mike Whatley sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors with recommendations on local government action to the help restaurants through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Letter from Tom Bene to NGA Chair Andrew Cuomo | December 16, 2020

National Restaurant Association CEO Tom Bene sent a letter to National Governor Association Chair Andrew Cuomo with recommendations on government action related to the new restrictions and closures of restaurants.
 

Public Policy Principles for Third-Party Delivery | December 16, 2020

These principles, which center around permission and transparency, define best practices for third-party delivery to guide lawmakers in developing public policy and are an important first step in an ongoing dialogue between restaurants and third-party delivery companies.
 

Letter From Tom Bene to USCM Chair Greg Fischer | November 17, 2020

National Restaurant Association CEO Tom Bene sent a letter to United States Conference of Mayors Chair Greg Fischer with recommendations on government action related to the new restrictions and closures of restaurants.
 

State Off-Premises Alcohol Polling | May 2020

The National Restaurant Association consumer polling on expanded off-premises alcohol regulations in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia.
 

Reopening Guidelines | April 22, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released Reopening Guidelines for restaurants in states that have begun reopening.
 

Letter to National Governors Association | April 4, 2020

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the NGA encouraging them to take action on COVID-19 relief.
 

Letter to the United States Conference of Mayors | April 4, 2020

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the USCM encouraging them to take action on COVID-19 relief.
 

Hospitality Travel Industry Letter on Commercial Leases | March 31, 2020

The National Restaurant Association joined other national hospitality trade associations in sending a letter to governors and mayors across the country encouraging them to take action on emergency commercial rent relief.
 

Association State and Local Guidance on COVID-19 | March 18, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released recommendations to state and local policy leaders regarding government action to close restaurants as well as government relief packages related to COVID-19.
 

Association Letter to US Conference of Mayors Regarding Outdoor Dining | September 28, 2020

The Association sent a letter to the US Conference of Mayors regarding the importance of outdoor dining for restaurants during colder months and outlined steps local leaders can take to assist the industry.