April 17, 2020

National Restaurant Association Statement Regarding President’s Opening Up America Again Plan

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – National Restaurant Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Sean Kennedy, today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s Opening Up America Plan:

“Re-opening our economy is an important step, and a goal we share with President Trump.  Restaurants are already working with federal, state, and local health officials on safety requirements and best practices to be ready when the time is right.

“But, plans to reopen should not overshadow important work still needed during the shutdown. Only about one half of all restaurants have even been able to offer takeout, drive-thru and delivery services.  

“Restaurants need a flexible approach and additional funding from the federal government so they can survive in the near term, get people back to work, and once again resume full service operations.”

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.5 million employees. Together with 52 State Associations, we are a network of professional organizations dedicated to serving every restaurant through advocacy, education, and food safety. 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 @WeRRestaurants on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.