Great news in our home state as the Minnesota State Senate passed a bill this week to allow restaurants to temporarily sell beer and wine with to-go orders as the statewide ban on dine-in options continues. The Minnesota House and Governor Tim Walz are expected to support this legislation as well. Other states with dine-in restrictions are likely to follow suit.
While carryout and delivery have helped many restaurants stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the hospitality industry is struggling. For example: According to the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) and the USBG National Charity Foundation, nearly 700,000 U.S. bartenders are out of work or underemployed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As a result, they are partnering with beverage alcohol brands and other donors to raise funds to provide support for this industry in crisis. The USBG Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) has successfully supported bartenders in crisis since 2015.
Call-to-action to support the bar industry
To further support this initiative, SipScience, a national data analytics hospitality company for consumers, bars and restaurants, launched a $100,000 Hospitality Industry Associates GoFundMe fundraising campaign. All proceeds will go directly to The USBG National Charity Foundation. As of this posting, the Hospitality Industry Associates GoFundMe fundraising campaign has raised about $10,000 to help the men and women in the bar industry. Here’s a recent newscast interview of the cofounder and CEO of SipScience.
You can also donate directly to the USBG National Charity Foundation.
We all have a common goal in our bar industry to keep jobs and livelihoods moving forward as we navigate through this new way of working. Please consider supporting this COVID-19 relief campaign and sharing this information with those who are impacted in our communities and industry. You can find more information as well as the application for The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program on the USBG National Charity Foundation website. The organization says they began distributing their funds in early April.
Additional resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) to help bartenders
In addition to fundraising, the USBG and USBG Foundation are offering resources to connect bartenders impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). You can find more details on their website.
IMC is here to serve the beverage industry during these unprecedented times
Here at IMC, we remain open to serve you and will continue to produce and ship your orders as quickly as we can. And we’re grateful our international partners are nearly back to 100% production capacity to help avoid any delays. We care about the health and safety of our employees so will continue to follow the recommendations and best practices provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Wishing you, your family and your employees continued good health.