A survey by the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) showed that an alarming 10,000 restaurants have been forced to permanently close their doors this year – with 30 percent of all restaurant owners indicating that they may not make it another 6 months without relief.
The TRA wrote on their Facebook page that they were releasing the results of their recent survey of Texas restaurants in a letter to Congress, asking for relief assistance for the industry.
“More than 10,000 Texas restaurants have already closed and with business conditions deteriorating 30% percent of Texas operators say it is unlikely their restaurant will still be in business six months from now if there are no additional relief packages from the federal government,” the TRA wrote.
Meanwhile, in a letter to congressional leaders, the National Restaurant Association pointed out that government-mandated closures and capacity limits have had serious economic impacts on the industry across the nation, not just in Texas.
“For nearly nine months, restaurants—our nation’s second-largest private-sector employer—have been in an economic free-fall as a result of mandated closures and capacity limits due to the coronavirus pandemic”
Governors and local governments across the nation have heavily used executive actions to force private businesses to close or limit business occupancy under the premise of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has issued a variety of similar orders throughout the year, going so far at one point to close “non-essential” businesses.
Under his current orders, regions of the state where hospitals exceed a certain threshold of COVID-19 patients are required to limit business occupancy levels.
Some have expressed concern that limiting occupancy during the crucial Christmas season might be the final nail in the coffin of already hurting small businesses.
“Our industry simply cannot wait for relief any longer,” the TRA wrote. “Efforts in Washington to find the “perfect” solution are laudable, but the lack of progress in the meantime has led too many operators to give up on the government and close down for good.”
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