Industry Seeks Solutions Beyond Shutting Down, Putting People Out of Work
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2020
Jason Brandt, President & CEO, ORLA
503.302.5060 | JBrandt@OregonRLA.org
Wilsonville, OR– Today, the Oregon Governor’s office announced further restrictions on restaurants statewide beyond the previous two-week “pause.” The restrictions are being announced one week after the “pause” was announced and just two days after it went into effect.
The restrictions take effect Wednesday, November 18th and prohibit dining indoors or outdoors at any bar or restaurant. Drive-thru, takeout, delivery and curbside pickup will still be allowed.
“Knowing small social gatherings are the focal point for the transmission of this virus, it is incredibly disappointing to see our industry once again targeted and to know bar and restaurant operators are having their employees’ and their own livelihoods put at risk,” said Jason Brandt, President & CEO for the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association. “We continue to be asked to make significant sacrifices as an industry due to the nature of our business models.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) is recommending several solutions to help the hospitality industry survive. Those solutions include:
“We were already hearing from members they were concerned about what another shutdown would do to their chances of staying open,” said Brandt. “This latest round of regulations focused on restaurants will trigger an unknown amount of permanent closures impacting the livelihoods of thousands of Oregon families.”
In addition, ORLA is recommending these solutions to help stop the spread of the disease further:
Oregon’s business community is sending the following letter to Governor Brown’s office in response to the latest round of restrictions.
“Businesses throughout Oregon have proven that they can make the operational changes necessary to keep their employees and their customers safe, even during this unprecedented pandemic. What we need now is a plan to address the root of the problem without causing additional harm to Oregonians throughout the state,” said Brandt.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is the leading business association for the foodservice and lodging industry in Oregon, which is comprised of approximately 10,000 foodservice locations and 2,000 lodging establishments with a workforce prior to COVID of 183,191.
11/15/2020 11:53:17 am
Brian, thank you for the suggestion. We have forwarded it to our contacts with the state.
11/14/2020 10:51:22 am
Our business was not affected by covid. Many friends in the food service industry have almost gone under. Now, with these new "mandates" many feel they will not recover. One small way everyone can help is to visit the places you have frequented for dining, and purchase gift certificates. We take our newly purchased gift cards and cut them up. I realize that not all can do this. But, many can. Please do this if you can. It might just make a difference.
11/15/2020 11:55:07 am
Thank you for the suggestion. Our restaurant industry in Oregon needs all the assistance it can get right now.
11/16/2020 08:29:02 am
I own a retail business on the Oregon Coast. An extension of the Commercial Eviction Moratorium would be a huge help. After reopening back in May we never saw our sales recover. We have been down -75% in sales every week since May. For the past 2 months we have only done enough in sales to pay for labor (1 part time employee) and rent. No ability to restock. No ability to pay utilities. As we move into winter there is literally no hope of being able to pay rent for Dec through Feb. I have exhausted my personal savings. As we move our product to sell online this week, we have to price it below our cost in order to sell it in the competitive online market. An extension of the Commercial Eviction Moratorium is literally the only way our business could have a fighting chance of still being in existence come Spring.
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