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By Katie McCann
People are being forced to face some uncomfortable realities during COVID-19 – uncertainty as to when this will actually end, a sense of grief for what this time could have been, and a real need for cash.
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, so does the number of restaurants forced to adjust their business model or close down temporarily. As a result, restaurateurs and their teams are turning to government relief programs for support getting through this.
And it’s clear the reliance on these programs is growing. The United States has already committed $2 trillion in funding and relief programs, with more to come. The Canadian government pledged $82 billion towards similar initiatives. And with changing initiatives every day, it’s safe to assume these numbers will grow.
It’s good to know there are many funds being poured into these support initiatives, but plans seem to change on a daily basis. With so much going on, having to dedicate hours to finding these resources can be daunting for anybody.
To help, we’ve rounded up something for everybody in the industry – employers, employees, and those in the industry who want to support new initiatives – so you can find the relief programs that will help you today, tomorrow, and in the coming months.
If you own or are employed by a U.S. restaurant, these are the top resources and relief programs for you. We’ve also included a list of proposed relief programs so you can support them getting off the ground, if you choose.
With hours being slashed and doors being shut indefinitely, restaurant employees were some of the first people looking for relief programs to compensate for the lost wages.
Here are the resources and relief programs for staff struggling amidst COVID-19:
Minimizing the hit to your bottom line keeps getting harder as more restrictions are put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re struggling with bills or have had to close up indefinitely, you likely qualify for some level of government small business assistance.
Here are some relief programs available:
We are facing some universal struggles during coronavirus.
Here are some general resources for those working in the restaurant industry:
New relief programs are getting implemented every single day. If you want to see what bills are involved in the current session with the U.S. government, you can click here.
This link even gives you an overview of what is currently trending in the searches – which out of the three trending acts, two are COVID-19 relief.
If you own or are employed by a Canadian-run restaurant, these are the top resources and relief programs for you. We have also included a list of proposed relief programs that you can choose to support them getting off the ground, if you choose.
Just like their U.S. counterparts, Canadian restaurant employees were some of the first hit by restaurant cuts as a result of coronavirus. Prime Minister Trudeau quickly upped government funding to support laid off staff.
Here are some of the relief programs to consider:
If you are a business owner, chances are you’ve seen a hit to your bottom line as a result of COVID-19.
Here are the top resources you need to find the right relief program for you and apply for funding to get through this:
While there are some relief programs and resources that aren’t applicable to everybody, we are facing some universal struggles during coronavirus.
Just like the U.S., there are new proposed relief programs popping up for Canadian businesses on what feels like a daily basis.
If you want to see what bills are involved in the current session with Canadian Parliament, including their progress moving through the different levels of government, you can click here.
There are new relief programs being passed every day – take the time to research which one is right for you in the short term and the long term, because we will end up on the other side of this.
We want to offer you some support, as well. You can learn more about handling COVID-19 at your restaurant here or email us at [email protected] to let us know if there are any areas we can offer you more information on.
Katie is a former Content Marketing Specialist at TouchBistro where she writes about food and restaurant experiences. She doesn’t shy away from the finer things in life, but no matter how much success she continues to acquire, she stays true to her roots and still considers imitation crab as gourmet. If she isn’t writing, you can find her on a patio with friends and a pitcher of white wine sangria.
By Katherine Pendrill
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