COVID-19: Resources for Restaurant Workers

We're all in this together

Our mission at the GRA is to serve as the voice of Georgia's restaurant industry in advocacy, education and awareness. Restaurants are the heartbeat of their communities and right now, our industry is facing challenges far greater than we could have ever imagined.

The GRA is here not only to represent restaurants with elected officials and shape public policy in our industry's best interest, but we are also here as a resource to help you get through this difficult time and hopefully thrive again in the future. We must move forward in thoughtful ways that can create a positive impact for our industry and in our local communities.

The health and well-being of Georgia's restaurant owners, workers and customers is always a top priority of our organization. Restaurants 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. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages), please visit the Georgia Department of Public Health or CDC websites. Here is a link to a CDC flyer in seventeen languages about controlling the spread of infection.

If you are feeling symptoms, please contact Georgia's COVID-19 hotline, 844-442-2681 or screening number at your local hospital. 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).

Please, reach out to us for any additional information or assistance. We are all in this together.

Essential Worker Letter

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant Law Center has created a Georgia-specific document that restaurant workers can carry with them going to/from work to identify themselves as critical workers. The document is customizable so employers can add their logo and contact information.

Georgia Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker (ECIW) Letter - Food Supply

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, enables 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. The moratorium will apply only to homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a HUD agency that backs affordable home loans issued through private firms.

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.

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.

Motor Vehicle Deadlines Extended

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the Georgia Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is extending all motor vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020, and May 14, 2020. Those registrations are extended through May 15, 2020. This extension applies to personal passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, and vehicles registered in the Georgia International Registration Plan (IRP).  The extension also applies to Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) (also called "drive-off tags") issued at the time of a vehicle purchase. Registrations that expired before March 16, 2020 do not qualify for this extension.

For additional information, please see detailed information at: Special Motor Vehicle Policies for COVID-19 Relief

Multilingual COVID-19 Information

Multilingual Coronavirus Information


While the restaurant industry may be your home, companies across industries have opened their doors to hire staff. Take a look at some of the opportunities below.

4/16/20 - These are the companies hiring during the COVID-19 outbreak (WSB)

GK Food Service Workers Group for Metro Atlanta

Rev (Transcription Jobs)

Juvo Jobs

Remotive (Start-up Jobs)    

Walmart is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. Apply by visiting or text JOBS to 240240 to get started. (Atlanta, Alpharetta, Macon, Savannah)

My Panda (Personal Assistant Jobs) - Hiring

7-Eleven - Hiring

American Bakers Association - Available opportunities with wholesale baking companies.

Amazon - Start as soon as 7 days. No resume or previous work experience required. *Includes added $2/hr through April.

CVS - Hiring

Dominos - Hiring

General Wholesale Beer Company - Hiring

Hospitality Link - Available Opportunities for Hospitality Workers in Grocery

Instacart - Hiring

Liveops - (Virtual work-from-home call center) Liveops is seeking eager customer-service oriented professionals to take customer service calls for Fortune 500 companies and the government from the safety of their homes.

Papa Johns - Hiring

Pizza Hut - Hiring

Shipt - Hiring

Walgreens - Hiring

health & Wellness

Article: 7 ways to keep yourself healthy in isolation


Doctor on Demand (NATIONAL)

NP2ME is offering discounted tele-health appointments to food service workers as well as COVID-19 testing if all symptoms align. Call (470) 231-2305 for intake. (METRO ATLANTA, GA)

New $35 Co-Pay Now Available Through Lilly Insulin Value Program in Response to COVID-19 Crisis in U.S.


Sourced from Giving Kitchen

Free QPR Suicide Prevention Training for Food Service Workers (NATIONAL)

Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety (NATIONAL)

Care App Free Resources (NATIONAL)

Metropolitan Counseling Service (METRO ATLANTA, GA)

Career Coach Paula Randler is offering 45 minute sessions. (METRO ATLANTA, GA)

Dusé Coffee Company's True Community Foundation Program (METRO ATLANTA, GA)

Care and Counseling Center of Georgia (DEKALB COUNTY, GA)

Waters Edge Counseling (SAVANNAH, GA)

Family Recovery of Southwest Georgia (ALBANY + VALDOSTA, GA)

The Family Center (COLUMBUS, GA)