Local 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 local level.

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

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

Letter from Association to USCM Chair Greg Fischer | February 18th, 2021

Vice President of State Affairs at the National Restaurant Association Mike Whatley sent a letter to National Governor Chair Andrew Cuomo with recommendations on state government action to the help restaurants through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Third-Party Delivery Principles | December 16th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released public policy principles on third-party delivery. These Principles, which center around permission and transparency, define best practices for third-party delivery to guide lawmakers in developing public policy and are an important first step in an ongoing dialogue between restaurants and third-party delivery companies.

Third-Party Delivery Principles Press Release | December 16th, 2020

The National Restaurant Association released public policy principle on third-party delivery. In this press release, the four major third-party delivery companies joined the Association in supporting the Principles.

Letter From Tom Bene to USCM Chair Greg Fischer | November 17th, 2020

National Restaurant Association CEO Tom Bene sent a letter to United States Conference of Mayors Chair Greg Fischer with recommendations on government action related to the new restrictions and closures of restaurants.

Expansion of Restaurant Off-Premise Alcohol Sales

During COVID-19, many state and local governments expanded the ability of restaurants to sell alcohol for off-premise consumption (to-go and delivery).  As many of these regulations are being extended, the National Restaurant Association team will be tracking them with this resource.

City & County Face Covering Mandates

The National Restaurant Association is updating a compiled list of City & County Face Covering requirements and recommendations in real time. 

Association Letter to US Conference of Mayors Regarding Outdoor Dining | September 28th, 2020

The Association sent a letter to the US Conference of Mayors regarding the importance of outdoor dining for restaurants during colder months and outlined steps local leaders can take to assist the industry.

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