February 22, 2021

Blueprint for State and Local Restaurant Recovery Urges Grants and Tax Relief

Since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, more than 110,000 restaurants have closed and 2.5 million restaurant employees remain unemployed. Returning to pre-pandemic levels will require the support of state and local governments, which is why the National Restaurant Association has launched the Blueprint for State and Local Restaurant Recovery and sent a letter to Greg Fischer, president of the United States Conference of Mayors.

The initiative urges lawmakers in legislatures and city councils across the country to take action that will help the restaurant industry survive the winter and ongoing pandemic. This may include:

  • Creating grants, tax credits, and tax breaks for restaurants and employees
  • Extending to-go cocktails or making them permanent
  • Providing property tax relief
  • Fully funding tourism promotion programs for 2021 and beyond

To amplify this effort, the National Restaurant Association is asking businesses to sign this petition calling on local leaders to act.