AUSTIN, TX (March 4, 2021) – Today, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) released an updated Texas Restaurant Promise to guide restaurants as they prepare to continue providing a safe and welcoming dining experience when Texas’ COVID-19 protocols are lifted on March 10, 2021. The Association originally launched the Texas Restaurant Promise in April of 2020 to help state officials drafting the statewide protocols that enabled restaurants to safely reopen. With each of its iterations, the Texas Restaurant Promise has centered around the point that operators, employees, and customers all have a role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important heading into the next phase of Texas’ reopening, which is why the Texas Restaurant Association is proud to see restaurants leading once again. The restaurant industry has learned a lot from the past year of pandemic response, and we remain committed to incorporating lessons learned into everything we do to protect our communities.
In keeping with the public health guidance and best practices, our updated Texas Restaurant Promise includes a face covering requirement for employees, and encourages guests to wear a face covering when they are not seated at their table. The updated Texas Restaurant Promise also maintains key safety protocols like regular cleaning and disinfecting, hand sanitizing stations, and employee and customer health screenings. This strikes the right balance between protecting employees and guests, and acknowledging that restaurant employees are not law enforcement officers and should not be placed in a difficult or potentially dangerous situation if a customer refuses to comply with a protocol. Unfortunately, we have seen far too many instances of these difficult interactions over the past year, which is why we continue to call upon every Texan to show respect and patience to any worker who is simply trying to do their job in spite of very challenging circumstances.
This has been an incredibly difficult year for all Texans—including those in the restaurant industry—and it’s only by working together as operators, employees, customers, and Texans that we can finally turn the page and rebuild out of this pandemic. As longtime leaders in safety and sanitation, Texas restaurants will continue to go above and beyond to play their part and keep their guests and employees safe. With resources like the Texas Restaurant Promise and the Texas Restaurant Promise Certification Program, the Texas Restaurant Association is committed to supporting restaurant operators and employees as they safely serve their communities.