Tools and resources to help you withstand coronavirus’ devastating impact and guidance for restaurants on reopening and recovery.
As covid-19 continues to spread throughout the world, independent restaurant owners feel the pressure. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors, and many more struggled to keep afloat, juggling constantly changing regulations, fluctuating closures, and staff fears makes it a real challenge. We hope to provide you with all the information you need to survive and thrive in these difficult times. We will discuss government regulations, how to get financial assistance, and ways to market your restaurant during quarantine. Stay strong, restaurant owners! We will get through this together!
US Government Assistance
The website Benefits.gov provides a list of covid-19 resources available through the US government including: report an occupational injury or illness; how to get financial assistance. They include a questionnaire to help you find any benefits that you may be eligible to receive and direct you to the agencies to apply.
You will also need to ensure you comply with your state regulations and they may differ significantly fro the national requirements.
There are several resources available for those seeking a Covid vaccine. The website vaccineinformation.org provides a list of covid vaccine resources available through the U.S. government. These include a locator map to find Covid vaccine clinics in your area, information on the vaccine itself, and frequently asked questions.
Resources For Those That Get Ill
There are many resources available to those who are suffering from the effects of COVID-19. Some of these resources include the following:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers information on the virus, and includes a section on how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
- The American Psychological Association offers helpful tips for managing stress during this difficult time.
- The National Institute of Mental Health has information on coping with anxiety and depression during the outbreak.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a 24/hour hotline for those who are struggling with addiction or mental health issues. The number is 800-662-HELP (800-662-4537).
Restaurant staffing can be a challenge at the best of times, but continues to be especially difficult to find qualified staff during covid-19. Many potential employees are scared to come into contact with the virus, and many restaurants have had to close their doors, many have moved on to other careers. Here are some tips for dealing with staffing issues during Covid-19:
Reach out to your local community colleges and universities. Many students are looking for part-time work and may be willing to work in your restaurant.
- Ask your current employees if they know anyone who is looking for work. They may have friends or family members who are interested in working in your restaurant.
- Advertise online or in local newspapers and job boards. There are many people who are looking for work and may be willing to work in a restaurant.
- Be flexible with your hours. Many people are working from home and may be able to come in for a shift during the day or evening.
- Offer incentives to potential employees. Many people are looking for benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation, and sick days.
The tables have turned and potential restaurant workers want different and better conditions to work in, your policies and hiring practices need to evolve to manage these changes.
As a independent restaurant owner, your business depends on you taking action. There are several things you can do to help your business survive during a challenging time:
- First, it is important to stay up to date on all government regulations regarding businesses and COVID-19. Make sure you are in compliance with all guidelines so that you can avoid any penalties.
- Second, apply for any financial assistance that may be available to you. The government has set up several programs to help businesses during this time, and you may be eligible for some of them.
- Finally, get creative with your marketing during this time. Many people are looking for ways to support local businesses, so make sure they know that your restaurant is open and ready to serve them!
We hope these tips have been helpful. Remember, we are all in this together! If you need any more information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help