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5 Concrete Ways To Support NYC Bar & Restaurant Workers Who Have Been Laid Off

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

5 Concrete Ways To Support NYC Bar & Restaurant Workers Who Have Been Laid Off

Coronavirus has effected NYC life and business more than we ever could have first fathomed, especially for small businesses.

With restaurants and bars ordered to close, many have be forced to lay off most if not their entire staff. According to the New York Hospitality Alliance, 67,650 employees have been laid off in NYC since the PAUSE order went into effect.

But, there are still ways to help. Here are five tangible ways you can show your support for your favorite restaurants and bars, right now.

Donate to Individual Restaurant Relief Funds

Many local restaurants/businesses are creating “relief funds,” asking for donations from patrons to help support their employees who were left suddenly out of work. Here are some we have come accross:

You can find even more on GoFundMe.

Donate to National Relief Funds

There are also larger national relief funds, like the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation Emergency Relief Fund. The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation is a “nationwide community dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone.” This is how the donations for COVID-19 help will be divided among restaurants all across the country, according to their web page:

  • 50% FOR DIRECT RELIEF TO INDIVIDUAL RESTAURANT WORKERS
  • 25% FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVING RESTAURANT WORKERS IN CRISIS
  • 25% FOR ZERO-INTEREST LOANS FOR RESTAURANTS TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING

Advocate for Restaurant Aid

You can also sign petitions to help restaurant workers get government aid. Some circulating are ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants) and Save America’s Restaurants.

The NYC Hospitality Alliance is also asking for people to participate in a social media call to action to get attention from elected officials. You can see sample Tweets on their website here.

Order Takeout and Delivery When Possible

We are working on a full roundup list, but in the meantime check your favorite neighborhood restaurant’s social media pages (especially Instagram) to see they are offering delivery or takeout (and don’t forget, cocktails are included in that too!). Being a patron to them just as you would in “normal life” can help keep them afloat during this challenging time.

Buy Gift Cards

You can also check their websites to see if they are offering gift cards to buy to future use. The Union Square Hospitality Group is actively promoting this on their site to help pay their staff, and there is even the website Help Main Street that has available NYC restaurant gift cards all in one place.

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