Oct 6, 2020

WRA Statement – Emergency Order Restricting Capacity to 25%

Wisconsin Restaurant Association logoThe Wisconsin Restaurant Association and our 7,000 member locations are dismayed that they will be forced to reduce capacity to 25% based on the recent order from Governor Evers. Restaurants have been heavily investing in sanitation procedures and staff education to ensure that dining at restaurants is safe, whether it’s inside, outside, curbside, carryout or drive through. At 25% capacity, most restaurants will be faced with possibly closing their indoor dining since 25% capacity will not allow them to pay their bills.  And most restaurants will be faced with the difficult decision to possibly close their doors permanently. Restaurants have faced this crisis for the past 7 months and cannot handle this economically. Restaurant closures and layoffs are going to be unavoidable with this new order.  This affects not only restaurant owners, but the hundreds of thousands of employees who are in the restaurant and foodservice industry, their families, and the communities that they support. We encourage the Governor to reconsider this broad approach statewide. Limits on capacity or enforcement are best done at the local level where they know what is happening in their own community.