COVID-19: Resources for Owners/Operators

We're all in this together

Every day brings new information and developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and our industry has been one of the hardest hit. There are still many questions around the severity of the outbreak and the short- and long-term ramifications it will have.

The health and safety of Georgia's restaurant owners, workers and customers is always a top priority of our organization. The restaurant industry is one of the most highly trained industries in matters of disease transmission and prevention. Our industry and our employees are highly regulated, and we are already utilizing proven methods to prevent the spread of disease. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transferred to humans through food. Continue to follow sanitation procedures outlined in the Georgia Food Code

If you or an employee tests positive for COVID-19, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).


Unemployment

Georgia Department of Labor


Legal Guidance

GRA-Preferred Partner TFH Legal has put together Q&A's on legal matters regarding employment law and COVID-19.


Georgia Department of Public Health Guidance


Federal Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension

The federal tax return filing deadline is now July 15, 2020. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020. Estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15.

The Georgia Department of Revenue is automatically extending the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020. Vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are being extended through May 15, 2020. See GA DOL Coronavirus Tax Relief Information.


Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook has committed to offering up to 30,000 small businesses $100 million in cash grants and Facebook advertising credits. The grants will be provided to businesses in more than 30 countries. Information is limited, but sign up to get more details from the company when they’re available.


Food Donations

Atlanta Community Food Bank can accept donations at their facitlity in East Point, near the airport, at 3400 N Desert Dr.

Second Helpings can arrange pick ups using their fleet of volunteer drivers. Contact Second Helpings.

Goodr can arrange pick ups. Contact Goodr.


Utility Assistance

Georgia Power has suspended utility shut offs for 30 days.

Atlanta Gas Light has suspended service disconnections until April 13 and offers resources to customers.

Comcast is offering free internet for low-income households, enabling free Xfinity wifi hot spots around the county and has no disconnections or late fees for 60 days.

AT&T is not terminating any wireless, home phone or broadband service, is waiving late payment fees, removing data caps and is keeping wifi hotspots open for free. Full details available here.

Georgia Utility Assistance


Rent & Mortgage Assistance

President Trump directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend evictions and foreclosures through April as Americans grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus.

Georgia Rent Assistance


Delayed Tax Filings & Student Loans

The deadline to file federal and Georgia taxes has now been extended to July 15, 2020. This will provide immediate relief to those with pending tax liabilities or access to complete returns. Student loans payments have been suspended for 60 days. Learn more.


County/City Excise Tax and Business License Renewal Extentions

To check if your local government has delayed excise taxes or business license renewal payments, check here.


Drivers License Renewal Extension

All valid GA driver’s licenses and ID cards with an expiration date between now and June 30, 2020, will receive an extension by a period of 60 days. Learn more.


Multilingual COVID-19 Information

Multilingual Coronavirus Information


mental Health

Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training for Food Service Workers Nationally

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Metropolitan Counseling Service (Metro Atlanta)

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia (Dekalb County, GA)

Waters Edge Counseling (Savannah, GA)

Family Recovery of Southwest Georgia (Albany and Valdosta, GA)

The Family Center (Columbus, GA)


Communications to Customers

The National Restaurant Association has provided talking points that can help you speak with guests, and communicate that guest health and safety is of utmost priority.

You may also want to consider sending an email blast to your guests letting them know what extra precautions your establishment is taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ve seen some restaurants do this through in-house signage and social media as well.

Social Media Hashtag Initiatives:

#atlrestaurantsunite

#ATLfamilymeal

If you are aware of any hashtag campaigns relating to Georgia's restaurants and other small businesses, please reach out to info@garestaurants.org so we can add them to this list.

Every day brings new information and developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.