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Texas Restaurants Urge Governor to Keep Restaurants Open During Crisis

Mar 16
2020

Through delivery, to-go, and drive-thru, restaurants can continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of an expected press conference by Governor Greg Abbott and multiple city mayors today, the Texas Restaurant Association is imploring state officials to keep restaurants open during the coronavirus pandemic. As of today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends against gatherings of 50 or more people in one room, and restaurants are preparing to comply with that guidance.

“For some in Texas, our 55,000+ restaurants are their primary source of food, and for the 1.3 million employees of the Texas restaurant industry, it is their primary source of income,” said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Keeping restaurants open to provide food via delivery or take-out and pick-up, enhanced with safe, zero-contact curbside pick-up, is vital to the support of Texas’ communities and the State’s second largest employers’ ability to support their teams.”

More than 50% of food consumed by citizens of Texas come from restaurants. With grocery store shelves already bare, citizens accustomed to the convenience of prepared foods, and students out of school for more than two weeks, it’s important to keep restaurants operational. Additionally, the economic support provided by restaurants is important for the continued health of all communities in the state. Beyond employees of restaurants, there are employees of service providers to restaurants (technology, distributors, farms) who would be negatively impacted.

Restaurants in Texas already abide by the strict sanitation guidelines overseen by health departments around the state and have increased their diligence toward sanitation during this crisis. 

“Allowing restaurants to continue to serve our communities while operating with ‘no-contact’ will help fulfill an essential community need and keep workers employed,” said AJ Kumaran, Co-CEO & COO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. “We respectfully request that restaurants should be considered ‘essential business’ and need to remain open to feed the public.”

About the Texas Restaurant Association 
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $66 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 49,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry. www.txrestaurant.org

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