An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures

Support Our Local Restaurants and Families

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Thank you for the leadership you’ve shown in the face of this pandemic. And to your staff members reading this, thank you for all the work you are putting in right now. I am urging you to immediately create a relief program for the restaurant industry and its millions of workers that have been affected by the sudden closures. Silver Diner employs over 1700 people locally and has provided for the community for over 30 years. We have supported local economies through our farm partnerships for many of our ingredients. Our income & benefits are negatively impacted by the current events. Nationwide, over 15 million people work in this industry, many without paid sick leave or health insurance. Sweeping layoffs are occurring. We need government aid in the form of ongoing universal basic income, and relief from rent and protection from eviction. We will not have an easy time finding work in the restaurant industry any time soon. Small and medium restaurant businesses need immediate rent abatement, tax deferrals, eviction protection, and money. Please create a relief fund these small- and medium-businesses can access, with money they do not owe back. Do not let a bailout happen that only lets giant fast-food companies survive. McDonald’s has deep pockets. Silver Diner does not.

First sent on March 20, 2020 by Silver Diner Development LLC

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