FWR’s COVID-19 Response:
It has certainly been an atypical time for all of us and the team at FWR wants to offer our support. The current situation relating to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) presents unique challenges for our merchants, customers, colleagues, and friends. Together we can get through this and above all should focus on the health and wellness of one another. At FWR we have implemented increased cleaning protocols in shared public spaces at our properties and have a robust business continuity plan in force. The majority of our merchants remain open for business and may be supported through the purchase of gift cards to be used at a future date, at-home delivery orders, and in-person “social distance” based shopping.
Below you will find an outline of what measures FWR is taking during this difficult time as well as resources to reference. We will continue to monitor this situation on all levels and update the below information accordingly.
Please use smart safety measures and be mindful of each other as we navigate forward and continue to check this page as we update you with more news and resources on the newest coronavirus stimulus package.
New Stimulus Package:
The House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Wednesday, March 10th which will now head to the president’s desk for signature.
In addition to a weekly unemployment boost and state and local government aid, the American Rescue Plan includes the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, or $28.6 billion in direct grants for small and independent restaurants with 20 or fewer locations and will be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The bill also adds $7.25 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). With this new bill, the PPP will be reopened through March 31, 2021.
The links provided below can assist you in providing more details about this new bill and determining your eligibility for aid:
- Register here for the National Restaurant Association’s webinar “Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Next Steps” taking place on Monday, March 15th at 1 p.m. ET.
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Assistance
- American Rescue Plan of 2021 Overview
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Small Business Resources:
Federal, state, and local governments are offering programs to provide to small businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). We encourage you to look at the below resources for ways to earn capital, receive assistance, develop your business’ response to this situation.
- The Small Business Association (SBA) has created a comprehensive Coronavirus Assistance page with loan resources, directories, and local assistance.
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers highlights what is known about COVID-19 and how to prevent workplace exposures in non-healthcare workplace settings.
- Resources for workplace safety, wages, hours and leave as well as unemployment insurance flexibilities can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor webpage.
- Several states are beginning to offer guidance and assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click this link to access your local and state government websites.
Restaurant & Bar Assistance
The restaurant and bar industry has taken a hit during the challenging time in our economy. Many organizations have started programs and campaigns to support businesses in the restaurant and bar industry, patrons and communities.
- National Restaurant Association has started a grassroots campaign urging Congress to take immediate action and provide relief and support for the restaurant industry.
- National Bartender’s Association Emergency Assistance Program
- Gift Card Sales is one way for patrons to support your business. Register your gift card here: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Giftfly, and Square.
- Curbside Pickup & Delivery options such as: Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats.