Federal Resources

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Restaurant Association and our state restaurant association partners have advocated at the federal, state, and local levels of government for policies and comprehensive relief packages that will allow restaurants to survive this crisis. Below are policy documents and resources that the National Restaurant Association has put out related to COVID-19 at the federal level.

Visit the state and local resource pages for more information on those efforts.

For all Association resources on the coronavirus, visit restaurant.org/covid19.

Raise the Wage Fact Sheet | April 8th, 2021

The National Restaurant Association released legislative analysis for Raise the Wage Act of 2021.

Tip Credit Fact Sheet | April 6th, 2021

The National Restaurant Association released legislative analysis for Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which includes the elimination of the tip credit.

Do No Harm Fact Sheet | April 6th, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Fact Sheet | March 9th, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act established a $28.6 billion “Restaurant Revitalization Fund” (RRF) within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Immigration Fact Sheet | March 9th, 2021
Employee Retention Tax Credit Fact Sheet | February 22nd, 2021 The National Restaurant Association released legislative analysis for Employee Retention Tax Credit, which was included in the Taxpayer Certainty & Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020.

Letter to Congressional Leaders on Raise the Wage Act | February 16th, 2021

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to Congressional leaders voicing strong concerns with including the Raise the Wage Act in the pending stimulus bill.

Raise the Wage Survey Infographic | February 15th, 2021 To assess the impact of a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage, the National Restaurant Association conducted a survey of 2,000 restaurant operators February 2-9, 2021. Respondents were presented with the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 and eliminate the tipped wage by 2027.</p.

Minimum Wage Impact Story | February 15th, 2021

To assess the potential impact of a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage, the National Restaurant Association conducted a survey of 2,000 restaurant operators February 2-9, 2021. Respondents were presented with the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 and eliminate the tipped wage by 2027.

RESTAURANTS Act of 2021 Fact Sheet | February 10th, 2021

The National Restaurant Association released legislative analysis for RESTAURANTS Act of 2021.

COVID-19 Update: Litigation & Restaurant Closures

Restaurant Law Center Executive Director Angelo Amador provides a status report on RLC litigation efforts regarding the wave of restaurant closures, particularly due to outdoor dining bans from state and local authorities implemented in contradiction with the best available medical and scientific data.

PPP 2ND DRAW: HELPING RESTAURANTS + SMALL BUSINESSES | January 8th, 2021

The latest COVID-19 pandemic relief bill, approved in late December, created a second draw of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Eligible restaurants and small businesses can access $284.5 billion in new PPP loans, which can be fully forgiven if proceeds are used for allowable expenses during a selected 8-week or 24-week period that begins after the proceeds are received. This document outlines new rules published by the federal government January 6.

Fact Sheet on December COVID-19 Relief Bill | December 21st, 2020

Congress has agreed on a $900 billion pandemic relief bill that includes several items that will benefit restaurants.  This fact sheet details the various provisions that help restaurants.

Letter to Congress| December 7th, 2020

The Association wrote to Congressional leaders about serious economic consequences for restaurants

December Industry survey | December 7th, 2020

Industry survey of restaurant industry health

Background Document | December 7th, 2020

Why restaurants can benefit from another round of PPP

Blueprint for Revival Action Plan | July 15th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released a Blueprint for Revival Action Plan that outlines our proposed response to COVID-19.

Letter to Congressional Leaders on Blueprint for Restaurant Revival| July 15th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to take action on the Association’s Blueprint for Restaurant Revival

Blueprint for Revival One Pager| July 15th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released a Blueprint for Revival from COVID-19.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Analysis | May 28th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released legislative analysis for HR 7010, which makes positive improvements to PPP.

Blueprint for Recovery Action Plan | April 20th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released a Blueprint for Recovery Action Plan that outlines our proposed response to COVID-19.

Blueprint for Recovery One Pager | April 20th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released a Blueprint for Recovery from COVID-19.

Impact Study Infographic | April 20th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released an infographic that shows the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry.

Phase 4 Letter to House-Senate Leaders | April 20th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to House and Senate Leaders encouraging them to take action on Phase 4 COVID-19 relief.

Letter to House and Senate Leaders | April 9th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to Congressional leaders outlining steps that were needed to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

COVID Response Letter | March 18th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to Congressional leaders outlining steps they could take to assist the restaurant industry during COVID-19.

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, in early 2021, Congress took action and created the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), a $28.6 billion grant program targeted at small restaurants.