Coronavirus emergency funds for restaurant workers are being set up - but they are trying to plug a massive shortfall
- States across the country have ordered bars and restaurant dine-in services to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- In affected states, establishments that serve food are providing take-out service only, and bars that don't serve food are closed entirely.
- With no other safety net in place for the workers who are without jobs indefinitely, industry groups are creating emergency funds to help those impacted.
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States across the country have closed bars and restaurant dine-in services in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.In response, industry groups are setting up emergency funds for the bartenders and restaurant workers who are suddenly without work.Advertisement
But they are trying to plug a huge shortfall in wages. According to Patch.com, lost wages in New York City's restaurant industry could number between $300 million to $400 million - in just one month. COVIDHELP@RESTAURANTWORKERSCF.ORG.
The One Fair Wage campaign, a nonprofit created to advocate for restaurant workers, has set up an emergency fund for tipped workers and service workers impacted by the coronavirus.According to the website, the fund is providing cash assistance to "restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more." Those in need must first fill out a form on the website and then an organizer will reach out to them. Advertisement
In addition, the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) is offering emergency grants for bartenders. According to the website, bartenders, their spouses, or their children can apply for a grant through the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.
Jameson, the Irish whiskey brand, has pledged $500,000 to the USBG to support those dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus."To our local bartenders: you've always had our backs, and we promise to always have yours," the brand wrote in a tweet.Advertisement
But the USBG already seems overwhelmed. According to the USBG National Charity Foundation's website, those applying may experience problems or delays due to high demand.
The @onefairwage campaign has launched an EMERGENCY FUND for coronavirus affected tipped workers and service workers. These are the workers bearing the brunt of the economic downturn. They need our help!https://t.co/CshvKHJvm1- One Fair Wage (@onefairwage) March 16, 2020
Please give what you can AND help spread word! pic.twitter.com/r7B3SrmyCD
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