NEWS FLASH: Coronavirus Changes & Resources Updated 3-17-20
"This is a trying time for our industry and ARHA is here to protect, promote and serve our members. We will work to keep you all informed as we learn new information while not unnecessarily filling up your inbox.
1. Latest No Dine-In Orders from Governor Ivey & ADPH:
Orders designed to limit crowds and promote social distancing are now in place for a six-county area in central Alabama.
Gov. Kay Ivey's office announced the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is prohibiting any restaurant, bar or brewery in the six-county area from serving food or drink on premises. The regulations, designed to limit the spread of coronavirus, will be reevaluated after one week .
The order covers Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Blount, St. Clair and Shelby counties.
Many chains have already implemented this change and the Alabama Department of Public Health encouraged that other counties follow these recommendations in the latest press conference this morning.
2. #carryoutwednesday Now Trending on Social Media
The idea is to encourage people to order out tomorrow.
The National Restaurant Association has drafted social posts and made some graphics you can use today and tomorrow.
Idea for post language:
You don't have to give up your favorite meals to social distance! Join us for #carryoutwednesday on March 18. You order, and we'll cook!Download Graphics (click on the link below and right click to download):
3. Resources Available
As we know the effects of the most recent orders are effecting staffing levels at your business, there are resources available.
The State of Alabama has provided the following information to ARHA regarding UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION and we will pass on more information as it becomes available.
4. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loans
In order for Alabama to be eligible for the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loans, we need letters to the Governor from all counties requesting the assistance. Whether you need the money for liquidity now or not, please download this letter. Put the letter on your letterhead, fill in your county and add your name and title.
Email to us and we will deliver to the Department of Commerce to facilitate Alabama getting the help it needs.
5. For ongoing information, please visit the ARHA Coronavirus Information & Resources page on ARHAonline.com."