Keep independent Texas restaurants alive during COVID-19

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Rafael Alvarez
Rafael Alvarez signed this petition

Our restaurant as well as most family owned restaurants are headed for extinction if help doesn’t arrive soon. Most family owned restaurants don’t have the capital or resources to sustain rent and food spoilage until this virus is under control. It would be tragic for so many to face bankruptcy and have to start all over after putting in so much dedication, money and hard work into building their dream. 

There is already no paid time off/sick leave for self-employment, so many are forced to choose between potential bankruptcy or struggling to remain open, which puts the community as a whole at risk for infection. The very nature of our industry is close contact with our customers where despite using our above-average knowledge of sanitation practices, we are exposed to airborne transmission with every possible cough or sneeze from our customers. Any business owner and common worker infected with COVID-19 has the ability to transmit the infection quickly to his or her customer base on every given day, even before symptoms arise.

The need for an Economic Hardship package is immediate and should include the following;
-Emergency Medicaid Health insurance for those who are uninsured.

-$100 billion in government-backed, low interest loans, to help support the self-employment income that is disappearing.


-Equal relief/aid funding of self-employed restaurant owners and workers, as we are not covered under the current proposed relief bills being voted on at the Federal level.


-Rent abatement or complete relief of any rent obligations where the landlord gets paid directly by the Federal Government. 


We the undersigned plead with our elected officials to hear our warnings and cries for help as we not only see our own economic plight but also the sacrifice of our livelihoods as we struggle to keep our communities healthy.

Respectfully,

Rafael & Kristen Alvarez
Owners of Casa Del Bro Mexican Grill & Creamery in Frisco Texas.