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Business Resources for COVID-19

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As the ever-changing situation on the COVID-19 outbreak affects the livelihood of those across the nation, no industry is being impacted to the same degree as retail, food and food-service industries.

Below is a list of resources for restaurant, bar, and food service workers. Click on the title to learn more. This page will be updated frequently as more information becomes available.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF) – This soon-to-be-implemented $28.6 billion grant is aimed at aiding the hard-hit restaurants and bars recover lost revenue due to the pandemic. $5 billion of the total is said to be set aside expressly for smaller businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000. The plan calls for the first 21 days to prioritize business owners who are minorities, women, veterans, or are serving under-privileged clientele.

For information and a comprehensive video by the US Chamber of Commerce, SEE HERE.

For a Japanese language information source, provided by the JETRO office in Los Angeles and the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles, please WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

NOTE: circumstances and conditions are fluid and change often. Please check often for the most updated information.

JAPANESE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION provides assistance on the subject in English and in Japanese languages. Contact

(Updated April 2, 2021)

How to Open Safely for Restaurants English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Updated March 15, 2021)

Restaurant Revitalization Grants – American Rescue Plan (Updated March 12, 2021)

Small businesses will soon be able to apply for grants from the SBA (Updated March 10, 2021)

California Small Business Relief Grant - Governor Newsom and the Legislature announced a package of assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including $500 million in grants. Round 1 application for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program begins February 2! (sign-up here) Additional assistance announced: tax relief (click here); and recovery loans through the California Rebuilding Fund. (Updated January 26, 2021)

It’s Official: LA County to Allow Outdoor Restaurant Dining Starting Friday (Updated January 25, 2021)

LA County Offers $30K Grant for Restaurants That Needed to Close Outdoor Dining (Updated December 2, 2020)

California COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Dine-in Restaurants (Updated November 24 2020)

California COVID-19 General Checklist for Dine-in Restaurants (Updated November 24, 2020)

Join Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC)
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A Useful List of Bar & Restaurant Relief Funds During the Coronavirus Crisis

Supporting Your Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rethinking Your Restaurant Concept In Response to Coronavirus

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians