Mass Restaurant Assc. COVID-19 Daily Update March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Commissioner of Insurance Notice to Insurance Companies
Insurance Commissioner Gary Anderson published a notice on Monday urging all insurers "as much flexibility as is reasonably possible" on the payment of premiums during the public health crisis.

The bulletin published on Monday urged carriers to "explore all possible ways to relax due dates" for premiums, extend grace periods or waive late fees and other penalties.
Baker Administration files legislation to allow restaurants to sell beer and wine to go
This language was included as part of legislation filed to address municipal and school issues during the Coronavirus crisis. The language as filed, permits establishments licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption to sell wine and beer by take-out and delivery, provided that the wine or beer is sold in the original sealed container, is sold in the same transaction as a purchase of food and is not over certain volume limitations.
  • Hospitality Mutual has announced that they will extend liquor liability coverage to existing policies to cover any sales associated with the new emergency bill or regulation.
Recovery Loans
Due to the availability of EIDL funds, the state is no longer accepting applications to the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is accepting applications from Massachusetts businesses.
All applications should be directed to:
Washington DC
Survey: How is COVID-19 impacting restaurants?
The National Restaurant Association Research Group developed a brief survey designed to collect data that will inform our ongoing advocacy activities. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey , and help us advocate for the strongest possible relief package. Help us quantify and further illustrate the economic impact that the coronavirus is having on the restaurant industry.
Link to survey: Restaurant Impact Survey
Congressional Bailout bill
Progress continues toward a deal. People are talking less about if a deal will be reached and more about when the House and Senate will approve it after it is unveiled. The National Restaurant Association remains focused on ensuring that the text of the bill is properly worded so that lending/grant programs are fully available to restaurants.
National Restaurant Association: Pivoting to off-premises
Here are some tips, and examples we’ve come across to help you make the most of your resources and keep food service safe during these unprecedented times. Click for article: Pivoting to off-premises
Metrowest Medical Center supply request
Looking to purchase:
  • Rubber aprons that can be washed
  • Disposable aprons or gowns
  • Gloves (non-latex)
  • Or any supplies “outside the box” they think could be used for in place of these supplies
Any restaurants that may have these available is encouraged to call the command center:
508-383-8518 (open 24/7 but if they do not answer please leave a message).