New Survey Findings Reveal Dire Situation for Restaurant Operators without Federal Financial Assistance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2020
Greg Astley, Director of Government Affairs, ORLA
503.851.1330 | Astley@OregonRLA.org
Today, the National Restaurant Association is releasing a letter to Congress with the results of the latest survey on the economic health of the industry, and the findings are bleak:
In Oregon, the findings are as follows:
For months, Congress has been trapped in a political tug-of-war while restaurants continue to go dark. A group of moderate Democrats and Republicans last week unveiled a compromise plan bringing both parties back to the negotiating table. They are calling for a $909 billion relief bill, including a second round of Paycheck Protection Program grants, which with improvements could provide immediate assistance to restaurants.
“We need Congress to pass the Blueprint for Restaurant Revival,” said Greg Astley, Director of Government Affairs for the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA). “While we are waiting for that to happen, we also need to make sure Congress at least passes some type of financial relief plan before leaving town for the year. Our industry simply cannot wait for relief any longer.”
While the recent $55 million in state funds will help the hospitality industry to some degree, it will not be enough to cover the massive losses brought about because of the pandemic and economic shutdowns.
“As costs continue to rise and revenues continue to fall for operators, and with more layoffs likely in the future, Oregon’s hospitality industry needs Congress to put aside the turf wars and come together to pass a relief package,” said Astley. “Without it, your neighbor’s job is in jeopardy and your favorite neighborhood restaurant may be the next one to forever close their doors.”
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.
12/8/2020 12:10:48 am
We need your help!
12/8/2020 08:44:58 pm
Marv, we need everyone's help, and Congress especially needs to hear direct from restaurant operators on how more relief is essential. Thanks.
12/9/2020 06:37:43 pm
As I own a small business and was shut down in March so I don’t have in door dining, because we’re a small business I put in a takeout window so I can try to stay in business. We pay over $900 for our seating inside, our inside service has not been open for 9 months. And we have to pay again. It would help all business trying to stay open to get some kind of credit for not being able to open our dining room.
12/9/2020 06:46:33 pm
We hear you and we are having conversations with the agencies overseeing the fees. We are hopeful we can make headway on this issue.
12/20/2020 05:02:51 pm
Are you currently speaking with medical professionals/doctors to challenge the OHA on their approach? We can safely allow indoor dining and protect the public. Restaurants aren't the cause of the spread, and they know this, yet refuse to allow us to open.
12/21/2020 08:57:05 am
Cindy, yes again, the data has shown Oregon’s controlled restaurant and lodging environments offer a safe alternative to the private, social gatherings state officials have identified as the primary culprit driving the virus’ spread. We continue working with Governor Kate Brown, her professional staff, and the Oregon Health Authority to ensure this message is heard and find better paths forward for Oregon businesses.
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