Washington, D.C. – The National Restaurant Association today sent a Blueprint for State and Local Restaurant Recovery to the National Governors Association, the United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Council of State Legislators, encouraging their members to act on the proposal.

“State and local lawmakers have the chance to make a real difference in their local industry’s survival,” said Mike Whatley, National Restaurant Association vice president for State Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, in the letter. “Restaurants are the largest employer in many states and cities, and decisive action on recovery by local leaders will be a critical part of our future. As states and localities begin new legislative sessions, we encourage lawmakers to take action that will help restaurants survive the winter and the pandemic.”

The State Blueprint includes 11 detailed steps lawmakers can take, including:

  • Safeguard tax treatment to prevent any unforeseen liability of federal relief funds.
  • Establish grants to save restaurants. 
  • Provide property tax relief.
  • Make alcohol to-go a permanent option for restaurants.
  • Enact pandemic liability protections.

“State and local legislative leaders around the country have successfully utilized many of these policy proposals to help restaurants in their communities,” said Whatley. “We encourage all legislative leaders to work with the Association and our 52 state restaurant association partners on solutions that enable restaurants to survive this crisis and thrive afterwards.”

Read the full letter here and review the Association’s federal Blueprint for Restaurant Revival here.

For more information about the Association’s advocacy, go to RestaurantsAct.com.



Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

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